Are you working on any projects right now? I have a few projects on my to-do list that I would like to complete for 2018. One project in particular that I am currently working on is deep cleaning my home. I had been putting this off for a good year so I know it is well past time to get the cleaning done.
One of the reasons why I had been putting it off is because of time constraints. Busy mom life. Hubby’s work schedule changed. Homeschooling the kids. Straight up procrastinating. Life happens. You know – all of the excuses why you put anything off.
Around Christmastime, I decided to get a head start on my Spring Cleaning and begin my deep cleaning project early. We’ve been making some great progress so far. We even started repainting our walls! I’m so excited about this because I’ve been wanting to repaint our walls for months! It has been refreshing to see freshly painted walls in the house. For me, the new paint on the walls really sets the tone for beginning a new year.
I’m estimating my deep cleaning project will probably take us three months to complete.
My sister told me she is also working on a few projects for the New Year. One of her projects is to collect all of her photographs, print them off, and then organize the photographs into photo albums.
It might sound like a simple project, but it’s actually going to take her most of the year to complete her photo album project because she is organizing at least ten years worth of photographs!
I have a few other projects I’d like to complete, and I am determined to stay motivated and see my projects through to the end. Here’s how I plan to complete my projects, and you can use these tips, too!
1. Make a list (and put it up where you can see it).
I am a BIG list person. If I don’t write it down, then I will forget. I buy journals and notebooks just to keep up with my lists. I write lists for grocery shopping, cleaning my house, meal planning, blog work, and tracking my goals. I even keep a list of my prayers in my prayer journal. Without my lists, I don’t think I could function. Haha!
Seriously, though. One way I am staying focused on completing my projects is by keeping a list of what projects I would like to complete. I have written my list in a journal and I am also going to hang my list up in a place I will see it regularly.
2. Pace yourself.
I set a very unrealistic goal of when I wanted my deep cleaning project to be completed— one week. Yep. One week to deep clean my entire house. Um… that’s not happening! I have a family and work so there’s no way I can deep clean my home in a week. I don’t know what I was thinking. 😉 After I thought about it, I realized I need to pace myself and do a little at a time.
Sure, it will take a little longer to see the end result, but I won’t be stressed out when I don’t have the house cleaned in a short period of time. I know I have a family and other responsibilities. By setting a realistic goal date for completing my projects, it keeps me from stressing out and motivates me to focus on the big goal.
3. Use a planner.
This tip goes with my first tip – write down my goals and projects. I bought three planners for $1 at Target’s Cartwheel. I’m using the planners for meal planning, blog planning, and homeschool planning. I also bought a binder planner at Target to help me keep track of our family budget.
To track my personal goals and projects, I bought these inexpensive notebooks for less than $1. Writing my goals in different planners and notebooks helps me keep each project organized. It, in turn, keeps my thoughts organized and I don’t feel overwhelmed.
4. Ask for help!
The other day Elijah asked, “Do you think it’s hard to ask for help sometimes?” My reply to him? Yes! I told him sometimes it’s hard to ask for help because you want to do it all by yourself. That’s definitely me. I don’t know why I feel like this sometimes because I could definitely use the help. But I have learned through experience that when you ask for help, it makes the task so much easier to complete.
So I shared my project ideas with Travis and the teens and I asked them for help. They have been very helpful, especially when I am unable to do certain things because I am caring for the baby or working. For example, our home painting project is getting done a lot faster because everyone is pitching in to help paint. When my family helps me with my projects it helps me get the work done faster and we are strengthening our bond because we work together.
5. Take a break.
This should be a no-brainer, but sometimes I get so caught up with a project that I don’t take a break. I learned this the hard way in Fall 2016. I had just started working on Good Life Detroit and I was so excited about the new blog that I was working on it seven days a week. Sometimes I’d stay up really late to work. I hardly took a break because I wanted to get certain things done. By the time the Christmas season arrived, I had felt completely burnt out and just plain exhausted!
When I took time off for the holiday and I was amazed at how my body and mind responded to the break. All I wanted to do was rest and not think about projects or work. I ended up taking four months off from blogging because I had overdone it. My extended time off from blogging taught me a very valuable lesson: taking a break is important! Oh, and take breaks regularly. When I take a break, it gives me a chance to regroup and rest my body and mind.
Are there any tips you have for seeing projects through to the end?