I remember my dad always insisted that my brother and I stick with whatever we started. If it was baseball, we had to complete the season. If it was cleaning the kitchen, we had to stick with it until it was done, and done properly—up to mom’s standard. If it was cutting the grass, we had to stick with it until it was cut, grass in the composter, edges trimmed, lawnmower put away, and sidewalks swept.
But as we become adults, without mom or dad looking over our shoulder to ensure that we stick with the task at hand, do we still complete what we start? Do we finish well?
How many times do you have unfinished projects on the go? You get started on something and then your attention is taken to something else—and then something else. How often do you get to scratch out all those things on the to-do list?
The roles and responsibilities that each one of us carry in our jobs require us to follow through on tasks—or face the wrath of our boss. We have to finish well those things that are on our to-do lists, or risk losing our job.
Sometimes, it is the urgent that is screaming at us. But the less urgent is just as important and needs to get done too.
It turns out that sticking with something is the single biggest factor in success—at pretty much anything! Whether at work, at school, or enjoying a hobby, just working at something and getting it done pays off. Research even confirms it, as evidenced by this six-minute TedTalk video about grit.
So if you have a lot of projects on the go, a lot of things that need to get done or get caught up on, and a lot of people counting on you to stick with it, have a look. It might encourage you to stick with the tasks you need to complete—even when dad, mom, or your boss aren’t around to remind you.
Have a great week completing your to do list!