Are You Like Half-A-Job Bob?
Half-a-job Bob is the guy who never fully finishes what he’s doing. He cleans the home, but doesn’t put away the hoover or duster after use. He will process his mail and pay his bills but he won’t actually file any of it away till later. It drives me mad, because he regularly leaves loose ends all over the place without a care in the world, so they inevitably become my loose ends too. Are you like half-a-job Bob?
Of course, Bob doesn’t actually exist, at least not in my social circles. I’m just using that name to protest the identity of the individuals that inspired this post, that regularly commit one of my big pet peeves. If you are somebody who never completely finishes a task and ties up all the loose ends, then prepare to be called half-a-job Bob. Or Sue or Sam, Matt, Amanda…
Anything that is incomplete will take up a little bit of your brain, a little bit of your mental energy. Writing these incompletes down as actionable tasks goes a long way to freeing up your head from the hassle and stress of remember it all, but it’s not the full answer. Just because you’ve done the hard part of a project or you’ve cleaned your home from top to bottom, it doesn’t mean your brain will let go. It’s all about those pesky loose ends.
Instead, view your brain as a radar. Every little blip is something incomplete in your life that needs your attention, and as you can imagine, if you’ve got a dozen things blipping away like you’re in the middle of a Morse coders convention, you’re going to eventually go mad. The only way to stop something blipping is to complete it 100%. Put the hoover away after cleaning, file your paperwork afer opening it, clear your desk after writing a report… get it off your radar.