Here I am, still referencing Gretchen Rubin's book Better than Before. Obviously I think it's a fantastic book. I think about parts of it often. I still talk about it all the time. I'm not sure that there is any higher recommendation for a book than that, so there ya go.
One of the tendencies she talks about it, is if you are a finisher or an opener. It seems silly to me now, but at first I wasn't sure. She gave lots of examples and I tried putting myself in those situations but still, not sure. I kept it in the back of mind for awhile and soon enough, I started to notice things.
- Unloading the groceries and filling up the crisper drawer with fresh vegetables. (happy opener)
- Eating the last of the peanut butter chocolate ice cream (sad finisher)
- sitting with two chapters left in a book and not reading them because it felt finished enough (not a finisher)
- the pomegranate bath scrub that has sat on the edge of the tub for months with just enough left in it to cover the bottom of the bottle (not a finisher)
- getting a new tube of white paint and opening it even though there's still some left in the old white paint tube (opener!)
I think it's safe to say I'm an opener. Sometimes I'm also a procrastinator. Um, like the guest post that I took a month to write and then another month to send because I was so embarrassed that it took so long. I know. :( Then it ended up being too late for the guest post to be posted. So technically I guess it's not a guest post. It's a really nicely written email. Anyway...
One of the points in the book is taking time to get to know your tendencies and then working with those tendencies. I know that I often I struggle to finish. I realize now that I have found ways to trick myself into finishing and that helps me. For example, I make myself finish a painting before I eat lunch.
I have been working on putting last year's year of creative habits into a book for the past 9 months. I work on it and then I put on the back burner. I work on it. I stop. Repeat. In May, I worked alongside two accountability partners. They kept me on track and I worked on the book almost every day.
I'm happy to say I did it. I finished, for now. The draft is with my editor. There will be many other finish lines before the book is ready but this seemed to be a very difficult one. I crossed it. I'm excited! I may be an opener but finishing feels good too.