Before Breakfast - Start what you can finish

Check time available and energy levels before starting a big project Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • Play Speed:
Content Keywords: sticker podcast Will Ferrell
Have you ever wondered is Will Ferrell like to wear his I voted sticker all even wear it until the next day. What makes Stephanie ruhle. So passionate about voting but what kind of country what kind of world do you want to live in Bayou? I'm Holly Frey and I'm hosting a new podcast called why I'm voting voting a new podcast from iHeartRadio available on the iHeartRadio app at Apple podcasts or wherever it is. You listen to welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is to start what you can't finish.

We're often told that we should finish what we start and that is great advice to do that though. It also helps to be thoughtful about only starting the things we can fish given are available time motivation and resources is so easy to start a project like cleaning out a closet or reorganizing a bookshelf for painting a room only to need to stop part way through because it's too late to keep going or the weekend is over or we start a project and just run out of steam or we have plenty of time and motivation, but run out of supplies. Nothing takes the wind out of the sails like emptying the fridge to clean it and then realizing you're out of your favorite all purpose cleaner and paper towels.

Rather than have to restart or live with a half-finished project for a long time. It's better to start things only when we can finish with the amount of time motivation and resources we have so when you're considering a big project think through the constituent parts and how long each step will take then figure out how much time you truly have someone to devote to the project choose parts of the project that you can do in the time available.

Maybe if you're envisioning a painting project you decide that Friday night. No move the furniture patch the walls and tape Saturday, you'll Prime and do the first coat and Sunday will do the second coat and clean up. Maybe you won't be organized the whole bookcase after work. You'll just remove any books you want to give away today and then tomorrow night you can organize the books that were made. It's much more satisfying to finish a smaller project or a part of a project then to realize you've bitten off more than you want to chew as is generally true with time management the more often you plan specific tasks for specific chunks of time the better you'll get at estimating how long things truly take.

And of course after you've identified a project you can tackle make sure you have any supplies you need if in doubt get more I find it's less of a pain to return the extra then to run short.

What's the time in supplies that you need for your project? You'll probably be more motivated to power through to a plan to stopping point. You aren't aiming to clean out the whole basement. You're just organizing to toys that you can do in the next hour the hour you have before you need to pick up your kids from their friend's house. You get a sense of accomplishment and you avoid ending up with a mess while the project is half done.

Should you finish what you start sure, but you'll be a lot happier doing that. If you're also intentional about starting only what you can finish in the first.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

Hey everybody. I'd love to hear from you. You can send me your tips your questions or anything else. Just connect with me on Twitter Facebook and Instagram at before breakfast pod. That's be the number for then breakfast pod. You can also shoot me an email at before breakfast podcast at that before breakfast is spelled out with all the letters. Thanks so much. I look forward to staying in touch.

Before breakfast is a production of iHeartRadio from war podcast from iHeartRadio visit the iHeartRadio app Apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your favorite shows.

And iHeartRadio, we bring you the best podcasts from the Ron Burgundy show to The Breakfast Club to stuff. You should know really all of today's biggest names, but each of these shows start with an idea, and now we want yours. We're looking to you for the next great podcast simply go to next grade to get the details and submit your pitch will select up to 10 semifinalists and give them $1,000 to produce a pilot then listeners for across the world will vote on their favorite side of the next great podcast. Enter today at next great That's next great Why shouldn't the next great podcast to come from you?
Translate the current page