Especially in my professional career as a software developer, I am a task completer. I sit down (or stand) at the computer, open my project management software, and start plowing through tasks. This works well because there is a tangible penalty for not completing tasks…losing my job. When you voluntarily undertake learning a skill like speaking a language, golfing, or playing guitar, the only penalty is not progressing. So how in the realm of self-improvement, lacking some intrinsic, inexplicable motivation, do we progress in our learning endeavors? Instead of merely completing tasks, we must cultivate habits.