It’s your project
You’re the one who gets to decide when it’s Done.
You have a lot of projects that are sitting around unfinished on laptop and in file cabinets, notebooks, computer folders, Word docs, and on paint canvas, sketch pads, Moleskine notebooks, whiteboards, and corkboards.
And these projects are unfinished but not forgotten.
They nag at you on the nights you know you've spent too many hours in front of Netflix, and on cold January mornings when you have to leave the warmth of your bed for the frigid commute to work and you think about the abandoned project wishing you'd finished it so you could sleep in this morning and go to work whenever you darn well please.
You may have filed away these projects, but some days you can feel their weight as if you're physically carrying them around with you.
It doesn't have to be this way.
They're your projects.
You can decide whether they're done or not -- or rather, whether you're done with them or not.
There is no rule that says you have to finish every project you begin.
You shouldn't burden yourself with guilt of unfinished projects.
Sure, it would be probably best if you finished more projects than not -- but that all depends on the individual project and circumstances, doesn't it?
Sometimes the right moment passes and finishing a project might be a waste of time and energy.
Sometimes you simply stop working on a project because it wasn't as interesting as you thought it was going to be.
Sometimes you abandon a project because the customer base you thought was going to support the project development turned out to be less than enthusiastic (and didn't get their wallets out).
Sometimes newer and more urgent projects come along which require the time and attention you'd previously dedicated to the project you had to pause.
There's no crime here.
By all means, revisit your unfinished projects and make a conscious decision to go back to work on it with the intent to see it through to completion -- but stop feeling like you failed or that you're required to tote unfinished projects around like an albatross around your neck.
It's your project and you get to decided when you're finished working on it.
...Even if you never finished working on it.
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