Tie Up Loose Ends


A man comes home from a long day at work.   He sets his file of paperwork down at the door, takes his shoes off and starts inside the house.  He takes his wallet out of his pocket, removes his wrist watch and yells at the dog for begging and whining at his leg.  “GET BACK!”  He knows he should feel guilty about the outburst, but doesn’t care in this moment of frustration.  He looks around the house and sees the unfolded clothes and the mess his young daughter has made, but holds his tongue because he knows whatever comes out will not be pleasant or beneficial for anyone.


He rolls his eyes and continues over to the kitchen table, plops down, puts his elbows on the table top, and buries his face in his hands. His wife seeing his demeanor gives him a moment then asks, “Rough day?”


After a long sigh he responds, “Yeah.  I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything done.  I’ve got so much to do and feel like I haven’t made a dent in any of it.”


Do you ever feel like this?  You have so many tasks and you can’t seem to de-cloud your mind from everything you need to get done.  Each time you begin working on as task, a more urgent one pops up that needs to be addressed.


A way to get out of this seemingly overwhelming lifestyle is to practice the Power of Completion.  Incomplete promises, agreements, and commitments drain your energy and block any chance you have at gaining momentum.  Any edge of you making significant progress is blocked by these loose ends flapping in the wind.  Regardless of how hard you work to move forward, you are summoned back to the past to take care of these half-finished responsibilities.


Every incomplete thing in your life is a draining force on you sucking the drive of accomplishment and success from your fingers.  In order to avoid this you must focus your energy on completing each task, one at a time.  Some people feel a fear of confronting the issue; feel intimidated or overwhelmed by it because it is difficult or uncomfortable.  Face the uncomfortable, pick a task and work it to completion.


Doing this will give you a feeling of accomplishment and momentum. You don’t have to get everything done at once; you just have to start the process.  Work on them one at a time.  Fold those clothes and put them away, write those letters and put them in the mailbox, fill out the paperwork and turn it in, pick up the phone and set your appointments for the week, and for goodness sake apologize to your dog.



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14 thoughts on “Tie Up Loose Ends

  1. Reblogged this on Amanda's Words / starfire8me and commented:
    VERY GOOD IDEA!!!!!!

  2. Baby steps! You just take on one task at a time, focus on individual tasks and not the overall picture. Excellent post – great reminder of how to be efficient when feeling overwhelmed.

  3. Completely true!
    I recently had about five unfinished projects on my personal desk last month and it just ate me up.
    I am down to two, but those are long term and takes chipping a way at them little by little. However, if I don’t chip away at them daily, I do feel drained.
    Your post is right on!

  4. Great post! I would add that i find it best to do the task that I want to do the least, first. That way it is not hanging over you whilst you are doing the others. And the sense of accomplishment or the Power of Completion, is not only very satisfying but gives you a boost next time you have something similar to do.

  5. Tim A. says:

    Reblogged this on Flat Creek Rolling and commented:
    Some good advice, words of wisdom. Now all I have to do is do it.

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