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Do you live in a state of mental and physical clutter? Do you have a pile of unfinished business lurking around every corner? Incomplete projects, unfinished business and piles of clutter can weigh you down and take away from your drive to move forward with your goals.

When you don’t complete tasks, you can’t be fully prepared to move into the present, let alone the future. When your brain is keeping track of all the unfinished business you still have at hand, you simply can’t be effective in embracing new tasks in line with your vision.

Old, incomplete projects can affect your life in lots of different ways, such as mental fog, procrastination, emotional energy blocks and even illness. Blocked energy is wasted, and a buildup of that energy can really leave you stymied.

Throw out the clutter and see how much easier it is to think. Make a list of areas in your life (both personal and professional) where you have incomplete projects and messes and develop a plan to deal with them once and for all. Fix and organize the things that annoy you.

Take those final steps to bring closure to outstanding projects. Make that difficult call. Delegate time-wasting tasks you’ve let build up. Some incomplete projects stem from a simple lack of the systems, knowledge or expertise required to handle those tasks. Other incomplete projects pile up because of bad work habits.

Get into “completion consciousness” by continually asking yourself: “What does it take to finally get this task completed?” Only then can you take the next step of filing completed documents, mailing in required forms or reporting back to your boss that a project has been completed.

The truth is that 20 completed things have more power than 50 half-way completed things. Completing a book, for instance, so that it can go out and influence the world is better than 13 “works in progress.” When you free yourself from the mental burden of incomplete projects and messes, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your desires can be realized.

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