Thursday, June 07, 2012

The List

I've had some touchup work on my barn that was left from last summer.  The tasks should have been completed long before now, but they were put on the back burner where they've been stewing since then.
I once read about the "Law of Diminishing Intent." That's where you're super excited about a project or plan but when you put distance (in time) between you and the project, your resolve fizzles like a match in a monsoon.
I recently created a list that I call SH** I Really Need To Do. I was a little aggravated at myself so I made the title a little more graphic to get my juices flowing.
I took a few hours and wrote down all the things that I want and need to do, but for one reason (excuse works here too) or another, I didn't follow through.
The barn work was on that list.
My carpenter stays busy so when he got a rare opening, I jumped on it.
The goal was to build two doors and a workbench inside. He showed up before the sun had dried the dew off the grass.
It felt good working with hand tools again. The sound of angry saws, and the echo of hammer on nail sounds like progress to me.
We finished the front door and the work bench in a few hours but some of the lumber I bought wasn't right for the job so we'll finish up the other door early next week.
It felt good marking some things off my list. 


  1. Anonymous10:59 PM

    Want! Want to have a list and then want to mark things off of it lol. Maybe, not that I'm nicely inspired, I'll give it a shot and see what happens.

  2. There is almost nothing that feels better than checking things off a list. Good for you!

  3. I got lots of stuff done today too. House work, mostly. Felt great. Accomplishment is a great feeling.

  4. Can't wait for you to start on your fire centrepiece thing! Take care

  5. Good for you!
    I know the feeling of getting started with a bang and never finishing because I have 2 pretty simple projects that I began and never finished. Part of one is done and the other would take me a few hours. I hate procrastinating. My husband has a list too but his is way longer and so much more time consuming. Plus, some of it involves my help.


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