There are some of us who love to dream, we thrive on new projects and starting fresh is unbelievably invigorating. I live to innovate and start something new! Solving problems and starting to initiate those solutions are extremely fulfilling for me.
However, once the process of any project has started and much of the innovation has been completed, I find that it gets increasingly difficult for me to finish the project. What was once unbelievable fun becomes a drudgery. This has plagued me my entire life and I just thought it was a character flaw.
However, a couple years ago I was introduced to the concept of "starters" and "finishers". The idea is simple-- some of us are mentally wired to start projects. We love to dream and we love to break new ground in research, design, development, etc. Starting the process of making the dream happen or implementing the research is fun. However, finishing every project we start is extremely difficult, if not painful because we don't really care to see the finished work as much as we like the process of inventing and solve the problems that can make "it" happen.
The counter to this personality type is the finisher. These are the people who may not dreamer or innovate as much but when working on a task or project, they get an extreme sense of joy from the finishing a project and releasing it. They enjoy seeing the process grow into a finished project. The last days of a successful project are the best because they thrive on closure.
When the two personality types work together, and understand each other, a lot of great things can happen. One problem that can arise, though, is that we all are often tasked to complete smaller tasks and projects that involve one person.
What are some techniques that individuals like myself can use to "finish" projects in a timely fashion while feeling like we aren't loosing our minds in the final stage of the process? I do have self-control and I can finish my work. However, it is extremely distracting and can be at a cost of efficiency.
For the other "starters" out there, have you found any techniques that help you finish strong on projects that you are solely responsible for?