I heard this phrase when I was listening to Happier Gretchen Rubin’s podcast.
The concept of the Incomplete upgrade refers to those things around you that are 95% done.
Here’s a common example:
The washing is folded but not put away in the drawers. My classic personal “incomplete upgrade” on this is that the folded washing is in a basket on top of the very drawers it should go into.
I tell myself that it is because I need to priorities tasks that are “time-sensitive”. If the kids are asking for me, then I will put their needs first and put the washing away later.
But you know what, “later” ends up being five days later when I have a huge pile of clean washing and can’t find anything to wear!
By then it is urgent, stressful and a big job.
The washing is a simple example but it shows up in many areas of life. The half finished online course, the decluttering that didn’t make it out of the house, the process that we spent weeks crafting but then failed to roll out properly.
So what is the issue here?
Why do we sabotage ourselves?
Setting up a system not the issue but having the discipline to follow through a little every day.
When you take on a new behaviour, assignment or project we have a Feeling of progress and atmosphere of growth. However if it is too abrupt, you simply can’t keep up.
It can feel very demoralizing when you leave it half done.
What is going on in your life that is an “incomplete upgrade”?
What is holding you back from completion?
How will you feel when it is done?
I have to admit that this is something I really struggle with especially with physical clutter. So my bathroom mirror sticker for the next 2weeks will be