Are you one of those people who keep carefully articulated lists? Do you live to check off items from your to-do list? Do you mentally pat yourself on the back whenever your tasks for the day are done and dusted?
Well, if you’re reading this piece, chances are you’re definitely not that kind of a person. And that’s okay! Let's face it – it's challenging to stay motivated where home improvement is involved. There’s always something more important (or sometimes just sheer laziness) stopping you from acquiring your goals.
And honestly, we get where you're coming from. But you can't live like this forever and will have to get tasks off of your hands eventually. With that in mind, we’re here to throw some tips your way, which can help you tackle your home-improvement tasks quicker.
Ready? Let’s get right to it.
The Easy-to-Ignore Tasks
There are just some things that are easy to put right at the bottom of the priority list. For example, a rusty-looking mailbox that you've been putting off painting for the last five or so years. According to psychologist Joseph Ferrari, some things are easier than others to get habituated to. It becomes easier to ignore them, and you keep telling yourself that you're too busy to deal with them. But, you have to realize that this problem won’t magically go away. You need to think of the satisfaction you’ll get when the job’s done and use that motivation to go buy a can of paint. Once you’re on the task, your body won’t stop until it’s done. You just have to force the first move.
Some tasks can feel too overwhelming or big to combat in one go. For example, what if the house inspector uncovers rot in the basement which forces you to evacuate your home for weeks? These thoughts of “how will we ever manage?” can make you put off problems until it’s too late. Stop believing that things will just spiral out of control. Lists are great when you have such large items on hand. Make a plan of precisely what you'll do if worst comes to worst. Being prepared will significantly reduce anxiety.
Many people get way too emotional when it’s time to clean out old offices or rooms. Old pictures, records, or children’s artwork can send them down a rabbit hole of memories. Eventually, what started as a clean-up day turns into a save-every-memory-possible day. As a result, you end up throwing nothing out. That can’t happen. Once you step into a room to declutter, you can't get out before achieving your goal. So, no matter how sentimental an item might be, allow yourself to keep only the five most important things you can find.
Home Improvement tasks can be quite tricky – especially while leading such a time-consuming and demanding life. However, you can't ignore things that demand your attention forever. Look for a relaxing weekend to knock things off of your list and watch your future self thank you for it.