The dictionary says "Having been carried out or accomplished; finished; a done deed"
What we get from "done" is a sense of accomplishment, check that one off of the list, it's done. I completed the 2005 budget, whew! In fact, I will be working with the 2005 budget on a regular basis.
So I am noticing is that almost all of the work in my life is never "done". There are recurring tasks that I keep at a certain level. This applies to laundry and database integrity. Ongoing maintenance is required. The Palm has really helped me to see this, virtually everything I do I will be doing again days, weeks, months, or years from now.
For me, accepting this mindset has helped a lot. I used to like to get things done to perfection. Now that I know I will be revisiting the same task I am happier with good enough.
How about you? What percentage of your work gets "done"?