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Finding Time (and money!) to Get Stuff Done

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There are only two days when you can’t get stuff done – yesterday and tomorrow.

Time…sigh.  There never seems to be enough of it. What’s that quote from the Dalai Lama? There are only two days when you can’t get stuff done – yesterday and tomorrow. So get off your badonkadonk today and do something. I’m paraphrasing of course.

I have a full-time job and I tend to work long hours. There are a lot of nights when I get home at 6 (or 7 or 8) and don’t feel like doing anything major. That leaves the weekends for my most productive hours. And vacations because, yes, I am that person who will take a week off from work to paint the entire downstairs. Any time off feels like it flies by and it’s Monday morning again and it starts all over.

Then there’s money. I talked in this post about how Alex and I wrestled a couple of cabinets into my Camaro recently.  I didn’t mention that those cabinets were only five bucks each. Five bucks each, people! Being frugal doesn’t mean that you’re sitting on piles of gold like Scrooge McDuck but are too cheap to spend them. It does mean that you’ll pay a little less upfront in return for a little more manual labor.

DIY is awesome but damn it takes a lot of time

When you’re a DIY-ing kinda person you end up with a lot of custom things you would never be able to buy off a shelf or hire someone to come in and do for you. It’s addicting and is a testament to the success of so many cool blogs and TV programs about DIY and decor. The flip side of that is you spend a lot of extra time making and doing and creating (and if you’re me – remaking and redoing and (trying to) recreate).

I don’t know about you but I find I can’t get anything done without a list. Alex swears I’m the only person she knows who has to put “relax” on their to-do list. I don’t know if a list is a time saver or not but it does help me keep focused. That visual reminder of what’s been accomplished is helpful to me. There is no better feeling in the world than marking something off your list.

So, without further ado…I would like to create a master list of the things I’d like to get done around and to the house. I’ll be sharing that in an upcoming post. Just making the list is a big deal but making the list public adds a little accountability into the mix. After a year or so, we’ll review said list and see how much I accomplished.

Does anyone have other methods they use to stay on track with projects? Or does anyone else have a to-do list that’s a mile wide? Let us know in the comments!





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