Blog: My New Home -- An Organizer's Adventure in Building, Selling, Moving
Feel Good about Making Progress!
The weeks have flown by since I reported progress on our building project. As you can see from the picture, we have stairs! Uh, I mean we have a hole for them.
Seriously, it's so cool. The framing is well underway. Lots of the inside walls are up. I can feel what it will be like to enter via the front door and walk down the hall. For a long time – years actually – there were only plans to show for all the time we'd spent working on our house.
It's important to assess progress as you journey through a project. Knowing steps are accomplished keeps you motivated and helps you to persevere. Don't get frustrated or disillusioned about the road ahead, celebrate progress!
In the two years we spent planning and laying ground work for our project, it was often difficult for me to believe the tasks we were ticking off – a design drawing completed, a quotation solicited - would truly lead to the beautiful new house I dreamed of living in. Now I see the beginnings of walls, floors and ceilings, and it feels terrific.
Likewise, to help you stay "into" an organizing project over the long haul, adopt the following two rules:
1. Plan your project as best you can so you will see continuous progress. For example, if you are Sorting & Purging, focus on one small area at a time – a corner of a room, a desk, closet or bureau. You will realize the benefits of your project right away and you will be more likely to continue on with the next area. Soon you will have cleared up the entire room or floor or house!
2. Assess your progress frequently, giving yourself kudos and awards (a break or a special treat) when you complete a milestone, especially if that milestone is intangible. If you decide to put effort into getting rid of a box of unwanted things from your Sort & Purge project, your first step might be to make a list of the items in the box. When you've completed the list, that's progress! Ok, the box is still sitting in your foyer, but you're getting there. Your second step may be to photograph some of the items for EBAY or Craig's List. After you've downloaded the photos on the computer, congratulate yourself. Make like James Brown and Feel Good!
posted on: 1/11/2008 1:30:00 PM by Ginny Gassman
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Ginny Gassman is the owner of Tidy Cove, LLC, which provides professional organizing services for the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Tidy Cove publishes a free organizing tips newsletter.
Things that make me happy
- 15 minutes more sleep
- Labrador Retrievers
- flat water
- nieces and nephews
- champagne powder
- The Pats