It seems like the longer the year goes on, the longer the Honey-Do-List gets. Meanwhile, the number of hours in the day just keeps shrinking as the sun sets sooner with each passing day. In order to clear your plate of tasks before piling it high with holiday meat, it’s important to make a game-plan and figure out the best way to take advantage of the short amount of 2011 we have left. Sure, planning things out might seem a little girlie, especially since most of us men are used to taking on projects with a play-it-by-ear kind of attitude. In the end though, there ain’t nothin’ girlie about gettin’ work done. If you take a little time to plan now, you’ll be the one reaping rewards while your neighbors get to sweat and labor throughout the whole holiday season.
What time is it? According to MC Hammer, it’s Hammer Time. According to your wife, kids, and neighbors, it is approximately 11:37 p.m. and they would like to get some sleep. The first thing you need to do if you live with others, or close to your neighbors, is create a schedule that allows you to get the loud part of the work done before everyone else goes to bed. So check the project plans. Does it look like there’s going to be some scattered cutting of 2x4’s throughout the course of the assignment? Do the cutting in advance so that you can continue to work until whenever you want without having to worry about how loud you are. We’re calling it volume based task assortment.(Bet you’ve never heard of that one.)
Sun today, snow tomorrow. When time is scarce, a few whole days are far too precious to waste if the weather turns bad, keeping you from getting work done and rusting your tools. If you’re working on multiple projects and some require you to be outdoors, check the weather forecast and see when the best days are to be outside. Maybe you have to jump to another task in order to take care of it before next week’s storm hits and forces you into the garage. No big deal. A time crunch calls for flexibility and if you allow yourself to adapt, rather than resist, you’ll find you get a lot more done and have a lot less stress doing it.
But do the sprinkler heads really need to be fixed? Come winter it’s common to have some tasks left behind from the unfinished lists of late summer/early fall. You might feel like these puppies have been haunting your Honey-Do-List for months now and that you just won’t be able to sleep until you get them done. But how important are they to your winter plans? Life happens, and if you have some serious weatherproofing and winter tasks that need to get done before the colder months, don’t feel like a failure if you have to postpone some of the older but less urgent tasks until spring time. Like we said, it’s November. Do the sprinkler heads really need to be fixed? We’ll let you answer that one yourself, big guy.
Forget about going with the flow for a few weeks. Time is short and there is work to be done. Form a plan and make the flow go with you.
What’s on your Honey-Do-List that you’ve been putting off? Share it with us in a comment.
Tip: Working in the garage late at night? Give the door a shot of WD-40® Multi-Use Product to keep the squeaky hinges from waking up family.