When you spoke to us last year about what you wanted to see more on the 2Modern blog, we heard you loud and clear that you wanted more how-to and DIY posts. You are clearly an ambitious and go-getting bunch of blog readers. But if you find your enthusiasm often waning after starting something, and your home projects languishing unfinished around you, this might be the post for you.
Apartment Therapy published a great post this week titled: The Art of Finishing a Project. And “art” it is. Anyone can start a project, but finding the inner strength and momentum (not to mention time and money) to finish a project is reserved only for those in-it-to-win-it. Among the advice the Apartment Therapy writer dished were tips like prioritizing, breaking it down and creating milestones. To those great tips (be sure to read their full post for all of their tips), we’d also add a few important ones:
Don’t take on more than you can chew Work 100 hour weeks and have 4 kids under 5 years of age? Look we’re not trying to tell you what to do here, but deciding to update the flooring in every room of your house at once might not be advisable. Realistically look at your life and your schedule and decide what kind of projects you could actually tackle (and finish).
Know your strengths Of course, as you grow older, you should always continuously seek out new learning experiences, but there’s something to be said in knowing not to take on a painting job if you can’t even pick up a brush. If you know you won’t get discouraged if you try something new and it takes a long time to master, great. But if you know you’re the kind of person who will likely give up if faced with too frustrating of a challenge, consider amending your house project so that it more aligns with what you know you’re capable of doing.
Enlist help Like that wise old gambler said: you got to know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em. If you’ve tried your very best to finish a project but just haven’t been able to complete it, there’s no shame in hiring someone to finish or begging a friend to come help. It might even turn out better than imagined with a little collaboration!