Thinking today about follow-through and completion and how/where we put values on these things.

Why are they valuable and where do we assume they're valuable when maybe they're not?

Reasons why they've valuable:
- when they get stuff done that needs to be done (e.g. library book on shelf, bug fixed in software, dinner finished and edible!)
- finishing a thing can make us feel good.

(cont πŸ”“ 🧡 )


But we also put a lot of value on follow-through in hobbies and creative spaces.

And I think sometimes we transfer the value that comes from completing care tasks (dinner is edible! dishes are clean!) and work tasks (employer does not fire me! also I like fixing stuff!) without asking the same why!

Unfinished project? Well, did you just not vibe with it? Was it a good creative experiment but then you wanted to experiment with something else instead?

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There definitely value to finishing projects, mostly to ourselves. It's awesome to see your vision realized or how it comes together in a way you didn't quite expect.

It's very important for me to make quilts for the people I love. I have two niblings born during the pandemic and I want to finish their big baby quilts and give them to them, esp since I may not meet them for a long time (vs. newborn quilts). One is already one! 😭

But especially for non-time-bound things, it's ok to let a project for someone come together over a few years. That's how life works. Or to pick up and put down.

Or to put down and know that you show them love in many other ways.

I also have a partially-finished quilt top whose design I'm not terribly into but I wanted to learn the techniques in the class that was teaching the pattern. So I won't finish it, but I may make the last few blocks at some point and I learned stuff!

Anyway, I was just thinking about the number of projects I currently have rolling, how I think and feel about myself in terms of these projects, journalling about all this, and I really settled into the question of "are we transferring the value of completing things from places where they are pretty important to our continued survival/thriving to places where they impair our creative thriving?"

To reiterate:
Your incomplete projects do not mean that YOU are an incomplete or imperfect person.

@platypus still thinking about this. I value the "fail faster" approach in work: get something tested, proved, whatever, and if it isn't right, move on. But for personal protects, I don't see "abandoned" as a failure state that I can move on from; I see it as hiatus that I would resume if I were, somehow, better. This is for sure something for me to work on.

@platypus great thoughts. Related to this (and i forget if we discussed this recently?) is the inability of GLAM workers to terminate committees/working groups/etc. I have always appreciated that Quakers have an entire process for "laying down" for when something's utility has clearly run its course. We have very few models of doing this well in our profession, and I think we suffer needlessly for it and internalize a lot of it as "FAILURE!" and accrue a lot of shame and guilt as a result

@platypus so instead we get no volunteers or we beg people to run or it kind of disintegrates. i think where my own resistance to this comes in is that some committees are *essential* for shared governance work and some are just make-work. How do you sustain the former without volunteers? Ending those in some cases means ceding even more power to those at the top of the management hierarchy

@platypus you know what, I am gonna frog that second complicated lace sock that I no longer have spoons for, and messed up the numbers on somehow, and try not to feel bad about it

maybe I'll make a different sock with the same yarns to go with the one I did finish

thanks for the vote of confidence

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