Some home improvement projects need more than a little Nike-like, "just do it" encouragement. "I'll Get Around to It!" is a great article on BeJane.com that examines why we procrastinate and why delaying daunting tasks only makes them harder. It also gives some useful techniques to enable you to tackle new projects without hesitation.
One tip, for instance, is one that I can relate to: Avoid perfection. "Perfection is essential when it comes to building a space shuttle," the article says, "but not so much when painting your bedroom. If you're a bit of a perfectionist it's probably affecting your ability to start a project. Learn to ease up on yourself. Perfection in home improvement is a relatively unachievable goal, so don't convince yourself otherwise."
Point well taken. I guess I shouldn't obsess over getting the painter's tape just right.
The one thing I found most helpful for myself was to get my tools organized. So for Mother's Day, my husband bought me my own tool bag with my own set of tools, so no matter where in the house I went, I could carry all my tools with me. That saved a lot of time from running back and forth. I marked many more things off my To Do list than ever before.
I have been pulling my own tools together and keeping them organized since I'm tired of searching for hubby's/the family's general tool box. I would love a tool box for Mother's Day or Christmas. I guess I can always start dropping hints now....
Tracy Quinn McLennan
115 Kingston Street
Boston, MA 02111