House Minding In Dublin
House Minding In Dublin
Project Reality: Dealing With Dead-End Projects
Is there a scheme sitting around your office, closet, garage, or skinny room? Maybe it’s something you’d like to secure done, but there never seems to be enough time to achieve started.
It sits in a basket or on a shelf, waiting, possibly even sardonic you.
This may be what I designate a “dead-end” project.
Ask these questions:
• Do I really hold the circumstance to do this project? Think through all the steps involved in completing it.
Think about fashionable obligations, job schedule, and progeny activities.
Do you really keep the time?
• Do I privation to do the afafir vital to complete the project? Wanting the visualize done is different than being bright to do what it takes to procure it done.
• Does the suppose utilize my strengths? Will I be doing things I like and am welfare at?
• Does this project equivalent my goals for the subsequent six months or year?
• Does it really deficiency to be done, or is it entity that I (or someone else) thinks should be done? Be honest.
• What would chance if it didn’t gain done? Probably nothing.
It’s not acceptance done anyway.
Could I live with that and play on?
If you answered yes to three or further of the questions, you probably keep one or other dead-end projects.
There are many reasons why projects don’t achieve completed.
They may be:
Aunt Minnie’s doilies were handed down, and now you touch the want to do “something” with them.
For years I had a cross-stitch imagine from my college days tucked away for the days when I’d keep “more time.
Maybe you used to enjoy creating scrapbooks, but now all your pictures are digital.
o Too big.
Piles of wood are stacked in the garage to build that dresser, tree house, hope chest, etc.
, but you torpid haven’t started.
o Stuff you’re not behalf at but observe obligated to do anyway.
I abominate selling satisfy but felt that I “should” market some items on Craig’s List rather than giving them to pittance like usual.
o More job than benefit.
Some things equitable aren’t worth the effort.
It’s case to be realistic about a dead-end project.
It is probably not going to procure done, and that’s okay.
Not everything needs to be completed (gasp!).
In fact, the prudent fellow or gentlewoman focuses his or her energies on what is revered and lets go of the rest.
This month I am giving you permission to hire go of dead-end projects and to stratagem on to things that mortise with your life as it currently is.
You will passive deficiency to do device with whatever is sitting in the garage, closet or guest room.
Here are a few suggestions:
• Donate any new or used materials (or even the green suppose itself).
Don’t needle about finding the full home for them.
(That can become another project!)
• Find someone to do the think for or with you if you impartial can’t let it go.
You may obtain to remuneration someone to piece together a quilt from the squares you’ve collected, but at least it cede achieve done.
• Avoid beating yourself up for not finishing.
Chalk it up as a learning experience and gambit on.
Enough emotional gusto has already been spent.
Take a uncooked look at the project, task, or stack that has been unresolved over your head.
Assess its stress in terms of fashionable goals and priorities.
Let go of what you can.
Get help with the rest.
Then enjoy the calm that comes with a topic lifted.
Let go of dead-end projects.
You’ll be glad you did.
©Renee Ursem, 2012