Are you facing a overwhelming project that you just cannot figure out how you will ever complete it?
Here is what I learned about how to approach overwhelming projects from my husband’s truck load of rock.
He approached the project with a great attitude
I looked at the pile and said “are you crazy where is all that going to go?” My husband looked at it and said “just you wait and see that pile will be gone in no time”.
Lesson learned: Approaching your projects with a positive attitude makes the work that much more enjoyable and seem that much more doable. Take the time you need to find a positive attitude before you begin attacking your piles. (read this article by Money Saving Mom on getting rid of a grumpy mood for help)
He had a plan
My husband had plotted out all the places in the front, side and backyard where he wanted rock.
Lesson learned: If you are facing an overwhelming project take a few minutes to chart out all that has to be done.
He didn’t move it all in one day
My husband took over two weeks to move all the rock to its new home. He worked around his job hours and his family commitments.
Lesson learned: Don’t wait for a huge block of time where you can get your project done all in one go. Instead be realistic and work around life.
He had help
Each of our three children helped him move the rock.
Lesson learned: Delegate what you can. Children love to help and so do spouses. Friends can even sometimes be asked to lend a hand. If finances allow you might even be able to hire someone to help.
He realized when he had gotten too big of a load
At just over the two week mark of the project my husband realized he was going to have more rock than his plotted areas needed. Instead of creating more areas to use the rock, he called a family who he knew needed rock for their yard.
Lesson learned: Ask yourself, does the project really have to be this big? Could I some how give this project away? For instance lately I have been giving away more items we no longer need than I have been selling. My time is short right now and thankfully our need for money from resell items isn’t what it use to be. It also feels good to know that by giving to a thrift store I am helping others in need and working on decreasing our clutter.
The pile was diminished one wheelbarrow at a time
When I first saw that big pile of rocks on our driveway I just about flipped out. It was huge and we had a small gathering planned at our house in just a few short weeks. How on earth was it going to get done. Yet slowly it was.
Lesson Learned: Projects are completed step by step. We need to stop focusing on the final result and instead focus just on the step we can complete today. Perhaps we might even need to break it down further into snail pacing steps and concentrate on what we can finish this morning, or this very hour. Whatever is small enough to stop the panic.
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