Do You Have Any Unfinished Projects?

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Do you have any projects that you've started and then abandoned so you can start working on another new and exciting idea?

I used to do it all the time early in my IM days. Years later I found 2 e-books that were halfway done, and forced myself to finish them and sold several thousand dollars worth of each! If I didn't sit down and combed through my old stuff, I'd be leaving this money on the table.

It surely isn't fun to finish some old boring project. But hopping from one thing to the next "latest and greatest" surely won't make you money.

How many abandoned projects do you have? It's time to re-evaluate them - there might be *gold* sitting right there in your "Documents" folder!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Allard
    I haven't even looked in my products folder in a while, too many projects that didn't get finished. But good idea to go through them, I'll have to do that!

    Finishing a project I started months ago seems really boring to me, and if it does to anyone else here's a tip. Take out a sheet of paper and write down the reasons you started the project, and then brainstorm and write down what points you need to cover to finish. That should help re-motivate you.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    It's a very common thing in this 'business'. Once people get past the 'next big thing' and focus on the 'current thing at hand', big things will happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Landoy
    I go t like 20 of them, I need to go check em out
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I know what you're saying. A lot of times I start things and then ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Mahara Adhe
    Good post! I did the same thing when I first started. Now, I use task lists and time management software to keep me focused and profitable. My time lurking on WF or other forums has gone down considerably, and I'm not producing more things than I'm buying =].
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  • I had a feeling when I saw the thread title that I would find this kind of response. I have way too many unfinished projects. It's a common thing I think for a lot of us. I try as much as possible to finish, but sometimes you have to act fast on some things that there is a limited time frame for, verses some other projects that are more evergreen.

    You are right though, I bet there is a whole lot of money left by all of us from all these types of unfinished projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
    Yep, I have unfinished projects, too. But I am currently working on the biggest project, and when I get bored with it, there are any other number to be picked up and worked. Then I'll go back again to the big project again later. Fortunately, for me, there are no drop dead dates, just tentative ones where I hope to finish it. This is quite a large, involved project and it can get very tiresome -- and it doesn't take much to get tired of it.

    I find it's best to stop and take a while off on things when you are bored, like writing a book. Whether you realize it or not, you are very often coming up with some better ideas and tweaks to make it much better when you work on it again.
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  • Profile picture of the author komplex
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    Yes, about 12 of them, but I'm working on them right now.. Not enough time to finish them as fast as I'd like. Working full time on 3, the other 9 are on hold.
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  • Profile picture of the author minion
    I think it's a common problem when working for yourself - I have a folder dedicated to unfinished projects. I will finish them, but just had a even better idea that I want to get running first
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  • Profile picture of the author richblogs
    Until recently I was very much an ideas man rather than a seeing-things-through-man. I've decided to stick with a few things over the past few months - you need a disciplined and focused attitude to succeed in any venture.

    Well, unless you're lucky!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
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    Originally Posted by Melanie Mendelson View Post

    Do you have any projects that you've started and then abandoned so you can start working on another new and exciting idea?

    I used to do it all the time early in my IM days. Years later I found 2 e-books that were halfway done, and forced myself to finish them and sold several thousand dollars worth of each! If I didn't sit down and combed through my old stuff, I'd be leaving this money on the table.

    It surely isn't fun to finish some old boring project. But hopping from one thing to the next "latest and greatest" surely won't make you money.

    How many abandoned projects do you have? It's time to re-evaluate them - there might be *gold* sitting right there in your "Documents" folder!
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
      Thanks Melanie,

      You brought such a thing up that affects lot of people (myself included). I'm calling it 'the imperfection syndrome'. It has several aspects which may arise even if you're working under strict time management.

      If you're working on a project, you want to make it as perfect as possible. After all, you've researched it thoroughly and have knowledge on the topic. You're passionated on it. You're dealing with it readily. And you want to give VALUE out of your hands.

      How it goes in reality?

      Imagine ... you write down the outline of the book. Nice. You're excited. Then you write 50 - 70 pages, as your schedule dictates. During the creative process you get a bit tired. As a relax - you read back.

      You are stopping by at a place and thinking ... this paragraph should be better. Highlight, fix it later. Then ... this part do not express your message properly. Highlight ... change later. And so on ... and so on.

      Can the pain be enhanced?

      As a marketer, you want to keep your hand on the pulse of the industry. Great. You've heard about a method you think it'll be a nice addition to your book. OK, but how would you do it? Oh, don't rush ... this has to be reconsidered. You'll work out it next time.

      The other day you do your daily routine. After that, you're thinking and jot down some new idea. Then you vacillate, how to develop that new method you want to insert into your book. You realize, things aren't quite as easy as you first thought. You put the book aside.

      When will it be ready?

      Next week you draw several variations. Then - keeping in mind your readers - you analyze these variations. You don't find the proper solution. You ask your fellow to read your raw book. You're waiting for his opinion.

      After a week he give it back to you with his unbiased remarks (at the best case). He suggests you to omiss this, make supplement there, fix that, it is unnecessary here, etc. etc. You feel some frustration. but you start to work over your book. And, you put it aside again.

      Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

      There is.

      But, firstly, bear in mind, PERFECT product isn't exists. No matter what kind of product you create, it can always be improved, because you aren't able to cover everything. Making your product perfect is an unattainable thing. And your product don't need to be perfect. JUST GOOD ENAUGH.

      You need to define a point in the product creating process when you feel your product is ready to be accepted by your customers - without destroying your credibility. Make it as best as you can, since perfectionism will stopping you to make money with it.

      The solution to make your product as good as possible, is ...


      - keep on writing it with baby steps,

      - stick to your plan and schedule,

      - carry out everyday what you set in advance.


      Systematic work helps you. And one day ... you'll arrive at a satisfactory finish.

      Many successes,

      Sandor
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  • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
    Yes, I developed a link building system over about one and a half years... and never released it. I couldn't even have a guess at the number of man hours I've put into it.
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    • Originally Posted by AndyBlackSEO View Post

      Yes, I developed a link building system over about one and a half years... and never released it. I couldn't even have a guess at the number of man hours I've put into it.
      Would this system still work in today's SEO environment? If so, why not finish and release it? Links are so in-demand - you can potentially make tons of money!
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      • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
        Hi Melanie, Yes it would. Part of it is automated and the rest is manual although the system tracks everything. The system basically allows users to obtain different types of links.. ie - inner page links, site wide links etc.

        It is something I'm looking to release soon as part of another service I am about to offer... so it may not be completely dead yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author mysterrio
    If you have a bunch of these sitting around a great way to get them doe is by using some PLR or hire someone in the WF for hire section to finish them up for you. You can also use other methods to get the job done.

    The thing is, if they are worth finishing you should work on getting them done.
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    • Originally Posted by mysterrio View Post

      If you have a bunch of these sitting around a great way to get them doe is by using some PLR or hire someone in the WF for hire section to finish them up for you.
      Yes, OUTSOURCING is an often overlooked method of getting the job done. If you just can't bring yourself to finish a project, consider hiring someone to get it done.

      These days you can get qualified people do work for little money. The money spent on outsourcing will be just a drop in the bucket if the project is finished and starts selling.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonWestwick
    I have plenty of CPA campaigns left by the wayside and unfinished, usually because they were way too obscure and niche to ever realistically bring in a profit or simply passed over becauseof more lucrative opportunities at the time.

    Great post, am going to explore my hard drive and may breathe life into an old campaign.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    awesome post.

    Isnt it funny you start one project then you get an idea for the next. Not good.

    Procrastinating and also hopping from one thing to the other does not make money.

    Put your finger in one pie, then finish that and move onto the next pie.

    I see no entrepreneurs making money from having their finger in 8 different pies at once. I been there done that, you just keep spinning your wheels.
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  • Another thing that works for me is when I get the next *new and exciting idea*, I give myself a few days to COOL DOWN. Meanwhile, I can think of the logistics on how would I get it done and how would I sell it. Often the excitement wanes and I come back to Earth

    If I still feel good about the project after thinking of all those boring details, that's when I start working on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author freemind
      Thanks Melanie for this.

      It demands disziplin to finish the projects and the WSO's are often so tempting and shiny.

      I would like to organise my emails better. I find it horrible that whenever one buys something one will get bombarded with all the promos for the next WSO. At the same time they might be real emails with updates to the plugins or software used.

      I wish I could seperate the real emails where I have bought something from all the promo emails.

      Does anyone has a good idea on that?
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      • Originally Posted by freemind View Post

        I would like to organise my emails better. I find it horrible that whenever one buys something one will get bombarded with all the promos for the next WSO. At the same time they might be real emails with updates to the plugins or software used.

        I wish I could seperate the real emails where I have bought something from all the promo emails.
        I use separate e-mail accounts for my real private e-mails and for the purchases I make. It's much easier to just SCAN the email subjects with your eyes and delete ALL in one second if they are all junk... instead of going through them one-by-one trying not to miss an important e-mail from the person you know.
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        • Hi Melanie, by my side I have a lot of unfinished projects, some because I need a proofreading, some because other Warriors published same technique before I finished the ebook

          Anyway the key for all, for my opinion, is cutting the time thrown away with secondary things that don't bring you anywhere, like email check, surfing, doing other things and so on.
          And all the "work-in-progress" reports, ebooks and vide courses could be finished without waiting.

          See you!
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          • Originally Posted by Alessandro Zamboni View Post

            Hi Melanie, by my side I have a lot of unfinished projects, some because I need a proofreading, some because other Warriors published same technique before I finished the ebook
            Those are the worst excuses I've ever heard about not finishing a project... it's pure perfectionism that's holding you back.

            1) Proofreading - run the spellcheck through it, then let some Warriors review it for you in exchange for a free copy. It's that simple!

            2) There is really nothing original out there. Who cares if someone else published the same technique? There are thousands of books on the same subject, with virtually the same stuff all in different words!

            Just get it done, and get it out there!
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    I think most of us have at least one project that we have left unfinished/in the works over the years. I was talking to a friend not too long ago and he has thirteen projects he has just abandoned, after putting considerable investment of both money and time. I convinced him to make a new years resolution that he will get at least five of those projects complete by the end of this year. One of them is already complete, and he is making money from it already, just twenty days into the new year. I definitely urge the rest of you to dig deep and finish what you started at some earlier point in life!
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  • Profile picture of the author iconoclast
    Would you tell me how you promoted your ebook? Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    If I had something that was not yet accomplished in my plans, it means that I treat it as my own "unfinished project".
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  • Profile picture of the author Gengis
    Great post Melanie.. This is definitely a wake up call! I have a couple i haven't finished
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Lol yeah only about a dozen. lol. I have more money tied up in projects not finished than I do in projects finished. I made a commitment this year to finish each project before I start another one. I can still work on other things but I have to continue working on the main product and not get sidetracked.

    Some things I have, digitaldropshipping, I started that site and actually finished it when ebay changed the rules for digital sellers, I just didnt follow with promotions of it. The forum where I was admin at shut the doors and that is what it was for, but I still have a market for it so I will get it back up.

    About five ebooks I have to redo. A script that scrapes other forums to fill up a new forum. A script that shows more members online on a forum than it has and shows more members that have joined. A fiverr bot that will auto log you in with proxies on like ten accounts and auto post gigs, auto delete and keep track of sales and questions.

    Yeah I got projects alright lol. Wanna help me out.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    Great Post.

    I actually have a couple of projects that are basically finished and just need to be given a little tidy and yet they have been sitting on my hard drive for months.

    Still as you say it's all untapped gold.
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