How to tie up all loose ends on that project you’re working on

Sometimes, it’s just as difficult to start a project as it is to finish it. But it’s not impossible —  here’s how to tie up all the loose ends.

Sometimes, it’s just as difficult to start a project as it is to finish it. But it’s not impossible —  here’s how to tie up all the loose ends.

Get some help if you need to

You might just learn something new and bolster your confidence in the process.

Kevin Daum, an author and entrepreneur, writes in Inc. that you should “call in the troops” when trying to bring a major project to a close quickly.

“Sometimes you just can’t do it alone. There is little glory in a solo failure, so swallow that pride and ask for some help. Sure you might have to return the favor someday, but that’s what friends and colleagues are for. It also helps to bring in someone who hasn’t been staring at the project for weeks. They may have ideas on how to complete the project better and faster,” he writes.

Break things down

There’s no need to try and focus on everything at once — make things easier on yourself instead.

Alice E. M. Underwood, a Grammarly content writer and editorial and research aide at Stanford, writes on the site about how to complete a work assignment when another, more crucial one later crops up and starts competing for your attention.

“Block off a chunk of time on your calendar to dedicate to the problem project. Don’t let anyone or anything else take that time away. During that time, ask yourself: what’s the core of the problem you’re trying to solve, and what steps can you take to get to a solution? Write down those steps to break down your project into manageable components,” she writes. “Address the components one at a time, but as you work, keep the overall problem in mind. The separate steps will both organize your work process and ensure an organized final product that directly and accurately addresses the problem at hand.”

Don’t be a perfectionist

This often makes things more difficult.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders, an author and founder of Real Life E Time Coaching & Training, writes on the 99U site about what to do when this gets in your way.

The mental battle: When you’re convinced that ‘settling’ for anything less than a perfect-quality product is unacceptable, you tend to unconsciously lower your standards in many other areas. This could include missing deadlines, falling behind on other responsibilities and feeling stressed all the time,” she writes. “What to do: Evaluate your overall performance. To clarify the cost of trying to do everything ‘ideally,’ make a list of what else could suffer (sleep, relationships, emotional state?). Then, when you feel tempted to push closure off in the relentless pursuit of perfection, look at this list for a reminder to stop.”

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.