HOW TO GET THROUGH DIFFICULT PROJECTS

 
For those of you who paint ...
Hands up who puts off waxing this kind of project ????
 
 
If you look around the audience (play along) most hands are raised high, including mine.
 
 
Painting intricate wood work, turnings, and spindles is bad enough but then we have to wax them,
OY VEY!
When we look at a project as a whole it becomes daunting and undoable, so instead of getting up and starting we flip the channel to watch another DIY show and say quietly to ourselves we could do that if we wanted to.
 
 
I break the job down in my head to manageable sections.
Start with the top and when you're finish with the top walk away and do something else.
The important part is to plan that from the beginning so your mind thinks you are finish.
Maybe a few hours later or a day or two you do it again with another section of the project.
We all excel when our goals are achieved, the smaller your goals the more often you can achieve them.
Does this sound strange or silly?
This is what I have done for years to get through complicated tasks.

 
I have gotten to the point where I don't need to walk away for long,
just a quick water or email break, but in my mind as each section is completed
I feel the fulfilment of being done and it's on to the next job.
 
And before I know it I have created another piece of beautiful furniture.

 

 

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6 comments:

  1. I love that coffee table. My sister-in-law called me the other day, and she was at a friend's house that had just finished having a garage sale. There was a headboard left behind and not sold. She asked about it and her friend gave it to her, so she called to say, "come and get it". She says, she knows that I will turn it around and do something great with it. :)
    I'm blessed with such a sweet sister-in-law, she has me on her mind and she is a caring and lovely friend.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  2. LINDA MESA,EU ADORAR,AQUI SEMPRE ENCONTRAR BELAS PEÇAS,PARABÉNS.BOA QUINTA.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  3. Finding the balance is a struggle...I'm more of "Run full speed and then crash and burn"! I like the concept of pacing yourself and feeling a sense of accomplishment with small successes...

    As always, great advice. Thank you greatly!

    Robin

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  4. I do that with a lot of projects. Sometimes I walk away for a few minutes and sometimes it's days. Works for me.

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  5. Very good advice. I need to apply this same logic to getting through my inbox!

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  6. That is a verrrry cute table. I never find things like that. You didn't put that together did you??
    Beautiful!!

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