It’s easy to get started. It’s a lot easier to get started than to finish your work.
The first 80% can usually be done in 20% of the time. The first 80% are the easy part.
What’s really hard is to finish stuff. To finish your work and to ship it. The last 20% will usually take 80% of the time. Maybe even more.
When you have to proofread that book. To make it publishable.
When you try to make sense of that blog post. To make it worth reading.
When you have to go through that slide deck over and over again. To make it bulletproof.
When you have to repeat that presentation over and over again. To make it presentable.
The first 80% are the easy part. The last 20% are the toughest.
That’s why we tend to not finish things.
That’s why that book you started writing is still in your drawer.
That’s why you never gave that speech.
That’s why you never published that blog post.
That’s why I’ve started dozens of projects that never saw and never will see daylight.
Because we procrastinate. I procrastinate. Unconsciously.
Because we know that these last few miles, these 20% need so much more work and so much more time, focus and commitment than anything else.
So we tend to skip them.
Just for a day. Then two. Then three. Until we completely forget about them.
But the only thing that matters, what really counts is the stuff you’ve completed. The work you’ve shipped.
Everything else doesn’t matter. No one cares about that author with 20 unfinished books. Or that blogger with hundreds of unfinished pieces. Or that painter who never finished anything.
So every once in a while try to not forget about them.
Try to not skip those 20%..