If your days are filled with working and raising a family, it can be tough to find space for tackling personal projects. It doesn’t matter if it’s just buying a new pair of sunglasses, or renovating rooms in your house. These things stack up, and the weight of them creates its own angst. If you do have a few spare hours on a weekend, which should you tackle? And how can you keep them from eating up all spare time?
My solution to this has been to create a long list of such nagging projects, and then assign myself one per week beyond what has to get done. So, two weeks ago, I downloaded photos from our July (!) photo shoot, made a photo book, and chose my headshot. That weekend I also planned two kid birthday parties, but that had to get done. The photo stuff was the nice-to-do. And once it was done, it was done. I felt no pressure to do anything else.
You can put bigger items in the rotation, too, though that often involves other people. We moved into our house in PA in June, 2011, which is now more than 4 years ago. I had always hated the lighting in the kitchen. I also disliked the two ground floor powder rooms. They were just under-done. Purely functional. And while function is important, those are also the only two bathrooms most people visiting the house would use. I thought they should look better.
It took four years, but I finally got around to getting them redone! Please see photos. I’m happy with how they turned out. I also got the kitchen lighting switched. And now I feel like I don’t need to tackle any other house projects for a while.
What’s on your nagging project list?
In other news: I’m looking for examples of unanticipated-things-that-go-wrong with remote work locations. The coffee shop you chose was having a bagpipe concert — that sort of thing. Feel free to email me: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.