Get Real About Incomplete Items
Speaking of letting go, we all tend to do too much, contributing to an accumulation of unfinished stuff – incompletions. Tolerating incomplete stuff takes up precious psychic real estate in your mind, zaps energy, and contributes to overwhelm. It blocks you from creating new possibilities, conversations, and actions.
I use a two-step process to clear incompletions.
First, I get real about the incomplete items. An incomplete item is anything I said I would do; what others asked me to do; what I expect, need, or want to do; what others expect, need, or want me to do – and I have not done yet!
Incomplete Items Inventory
Next, I create my Incomplete Items Inventory of all the current open items and make a plan for each one.
My choice is simple – either deal with it or get straight about not completing it.
First, make a list of everything not complete, write it all down on paper or in a spreadsheet, and plan to get complete either by doing it now, scheduling it to be done, or getting straight, agreeing not to do it, and calling it complete.
A practice of getting complete regularly, especially at year-end, will eliminate the chance of just rolling things over into the New Year.
I’m currently creating my punch list for all the incomplete stuff in my life, so I am clear and focused on what I will complete before year-end.
These go in my task manager and calendar. I then do the same for the items being carried forward into the New Year and add them to my 2022 calendar.
My goal is to do less, better, and to completion!
Best Practice: Implement a regular completion process – annually, quarterly, monthly, weekly, daily, events — review, reflect, and complete by doing it, scheduling it, or deleting it!
“It’s not till you let go of something that you see how it’s been holding you back.” Marie Forleo
My sincere hope is that this quick, powerful year in review and completion exercise will help spark your motivation and momentum too, and set the stage for your powerful 2022!
I am wishing you the best year yet in 2022!