It’s safe to say I’ve been on a roll around the house for the past few weekends, and the question I get most often from people is “How do you have the energy to get all of this stuff done?”
Let me tell you the truth: I’ve basically been riding a high of paint fumes and adrenaline for the last month. And it feels awesome. But I also know I’m going to hit a wall eventually, and then I’m going to lay comatose in front of my dinky window air conditioner for 72 hours straight.
When I woke up Saturday morning hot, groggy, and unmotivated, I was afraid my productivity streak was over. No amount of pep talks or name calling was going to get me out of bed to start painting the front porch, so I tried a different tactic instead…
This weekend I told myself that as long as I wasn’t a complete lazy-ass, I could work on whatever project my little heart desired. I didn’t get to Lowe’s until about noon on Saturday (six hours after my usual Saturday morning start time), but by 6 PM on Sunday…
So, yeah. Bribery does actually work on me when it involves power tools and sawdust.
I recently started writing for the new home improvement website ImprovementCenter.com, and in this post I talk about the importance of small wins to keeping your energy and motivation levels up for those big projects that may span several weeks (or months, or, in the case of Liberty House, eternity). These projects were exactly that… small wins that weren’t too complicated, but had awesome results.
I’ve got a few things to finish up on each of them before giving you the complete how-to, but I just couldn’t wait to share a quick look, since I’m feeling pretty good about how they turned out. Other things you might see from me this week: A few more projects I’ve checked off the bank list, and a video in which I may or may not have thought it was a good idea to aim a camera at my face after six hours of hard labor. So I’m sure everyone will be waiting breathlessly for that bit of sweaty awesomeness later this week.
Here’s to keeping up the energy and productivity through another hot week!