When I first heard the following statement I thought I was going to fall out of my chair. Seriously. It knocked me off my butt. The statement went something like this… Incomplete Work + A Really Good Excuse ≠ Complete Work.
I’m not going to write a lot about this since it is pretty self explanatory. But I will say this… just SEEING this post it note rocks my world again. I often think I’m doing complete work having a bunch of stuff I’m doing at the same time…none of it finished of course.
I don’t know about you…but a lot of the time when I’m working on stuff that involves a lot of work or thinking it really takes something to get it complete. And by complete I actually mean that there is NOTHING left to do regarding what I’m working on. Not “complete for now”. Not “Complete until I get this or that”. I mean complete and whole and not requiring further attention. Some things are easy to complete. They may just involve an answer to a question or a quick email. But other things that require more time and/or effort I sometimes fool myself into thinking they are “complete” by offering a good excuse or two.
Then a really smart lady I knew said to me…”Harold, doing incomplete work, then offering me an excuse why you didn’t get it done doesn’t mean it’s complete. So don’t kid yourself.” Whoah! She was so right. So sitting in Starbucks today I looked at my folder of post-it notes and realized I’ve been hesitant to get started with the next note. I’ve had all sorts of excuses for why I stopped writing. I even had a friend say “I guess your project with your notes didn’t go as well as you’d hoped.” Damnit. I guess I deserved that. I had suddenly stopped for no reason. But it’s time to get back in action.