Could Do Better (part 2)

How funny that my next topic is follow through and I couldn’t even follow through on posting the second part the next day.  Yep, I could do better.

This is one that actually haunts me on a regular basis.  I think it’s tied into my focus problem, because I will start something and prepare and have every intention of finishing or continuing what was started, but for one reason or another, I don’t.  There’s a list of things much too long, that I haven’t followed up on.  The only good news is that my list is getting shorter as I get better at this.

For instance, when we first started, I made it clear I’d be meeting with and evaluating staff on a regular basis.  We had a couple formal evaluations, but the last one was back in May and even regular feedback meetings have fallen off.  I could do better.

There are a couple of things that we’ve “launched” at church that haven’t reached their full potential because of poor follow though.  I can think of some parenting or schooling ideas we’ve started at home that had great potential, but I didn’t follow through.  Even looking at the number of books around my house that I haven’t finished reading…  Like I said, I could do better.

So here’s what I’ve learned so far…
  • Learn to say “no” or “wait.”  If you say yes too early and aren’t ready to make sure stuff happens after the initial start, you’ll frustrate yourself and others.
  • Write it down on your to-do list.  You may have a great memory but if it doesn’t get written down, I’ve learned it often doesn’t get done no matter how good your intentions.
  • Let other people hold you accountable.  I’ve heard it said that you can only expect what you inspect and that’s held pretty true with staff and volunteers.  Now when I hear someone mention a project that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves, I thank them instead of making excuses.
  • Have a plan.  I used to think I’d just intuitively know what to do, but sometimes I don’t.  It’s helped tremendously to plan the steps involved in making things happen.  And of course, write them down.
  • Work hard.  Some people just naturally accomplish stuff.  Me, I need to work at it.  Sometimes it’s a lot of work, but in the end it’s worth it.  Only bad thing is I’ve still got TONS of work left to do just in this area

So what do you do to help you finish what you start?

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  1. Jim Bird March 5, 2008

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