I’m having the worst time sticking with a project. I get 1/4 of the way in and then bail for something shinier. How do I get more disciplined?

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I find myself hopping between projects all the time, so they take infinitely longer to finish, so I can relate! I try to assign some type of mental deadline or necessity as to why this project needs to get finished, but could there also be a cause for your project hopping? Work can be hard to finish when you're feeling unmotivated or uninspired, so maybe it would be good to spend time on something that would really kick the habit to the curb.

I find that I do that sometimes. What helps me is to make a priority list and then focus on that. Also sometimes I just really have to mentally in my head say over and over no I have to sit and focus on this today and get it done. Sometimes I put on meditation music and it helps

Make a schedule. Make a detailed to-do task and make sure to commit to it. Making a checklist of the things you need to accomplish also helps to encourage you to finish the tasks all the way to the end. I hope this helps.

Break the task down into bite-sized tasks. Make the habit obvious. What I mean by that is that you break down the necessities of the task so that you don't get turned off while doing them. You also get more motivated because you accomplished them

It sounds like you may benefit from setting some specific goals for your projects and creating a timeline for completing them. For instance, if you have a goal to write a book, break the project down into smaller goals such as writing a certain number of pages each week or coming up with a certain number of plot ideas. Having specific deadlines will help you stay on track and avoid getting sidetracked by other things.

Enlist the help of someone else who can hold you accountable. Tell your friend or family member about your goal and ask them to check in with you regularly to see how you're doing. Ultimately, it takes practice and perseverance to develop discipline, but with time and effort, you can do it!

I always have my tasks written on my to-do list because I know for myself I will do everything I can to cross out whatever is written on there. It urges me to finish what I started.

Make a concious effort to stay away from distractions as you're working. Give yourself rewards for the tasks you're checked off the box. Is it perhaps the fear of failure that's setting you back from finishing the project at hand?

I started breaking things out into chunks for my projects with to do lists. It makes it easier to stick to the project and actually finish it up

Hmm. You need to make a list of priorities. Stick to the list as much as possible. You can do it, OP!

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