What's the best feeling in the world? When have you felt better than ever? What were the circumstances?
For me, it has always been the moment I finish something. The FFFM - the finish finish finish mentality - is among the ultimate best life hacks I know. Here are some of the benefits of finishing:
- You get a sense of meaning.
- You don't get bored.
- You feel productive, accomplished, and most importantly, able.
- You're fundamentally a producer rather than a consumer, which is a good thing.
- You get addicted to it so it becomes a self-fulfilling circle of positivity.
The best part is that you get to choose yourself what kinds of things and projects you finish. So, ideally, when living according to the FFFM, you'll be finishing things you enjoy finishing. It's a bonus if you also enjoy the process of working towards that finishing moment.
And even more ideally, the things you enjoy finishing are the things you do for a living. I just read Waiting for Godot today and had to reconsider an idea I had mostly dismissed years before: that life is actually not life but purgatory. So maybe you don't actually have to suffer more than you do already do. Maybe there's nothing ingerently wrong in leaving a job you hate and start doing what you enjoy finishing and just trust that everything will work out.
Then there's the idea of dying empty - that you absolutely don't leave your best work to rot within you because you fear you won't get any better ideas after you've finished it. I've held within the best story I've ever come up with in my head for four months now and written two books in the meantime, neither as good as the one I've been saving up. But what if get corona and die / get hit by a car and die / pop a vein in my brain and die / whatever else and die? It might happen at any moment. Would I regret not finishing my best work?
Yes. I would.
Every day is a chance to finish your best work. Don't leave anything inside.