Tackling the Honeydo list

by beagooddad on September 27, 2006

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There is no escaping it. There is no modifying it. There is no paying other people to do it. It is the Honeydo list.

There are certain projects that are my responsibility. They are normally the ones that involve electrical tools, plumbing, electricity, drywall, or the computer. I am very bad at getting around to these projects.

I am perfectly content with the house never getting improved. It is a character flaw. I love when the projects are done, but I hate that thought of actually doing them. But, here is my secret. I actually like doing projects. It is just thinking about doing them that gets to me.

We are going through another round of projects at the house and seem to be stuck in a few areas on projects that fall into my sphere of influence. I am working on getting over that irrational fear and annoyance of getting started on them.

One of the things I like about this blog is it is a constant reminder of the things that I need to do to be a good dad. Right now, these projects are pretty high on that list and I can use this blog to organize and motivate myself to work on the projects.

Here is how I plan to get through the list of open projects.

  • Just get started.  I used this when I used to run a lot.  I would put on my shoes and go run for 5 minutes.  If I still wanted to quit, I would.  I never did unless I was injured.  I am going to modify this to 30 minutes.  I will work on a project for at least 30 minutes every night.  Last night, once I got started, I kept going for a couple hours.
  • Finish a task.  I have a lot of projects in different areas of the house.  Some of them will be multiple night projects.  If I am in the middle of a project, I will come back to that project the next night rather than leaving it for another week.
  • Make a list.  Beagoodmom is in charge of the list.  We have painted the door leading out to the garage with chalkboard paint.  The todo list is at the top of the door.
  • Work as a team.  When possible, Beagoodmom and I like to work in the same area.  Even if we are doing different projects, it is nice to have company in the area.  When holding a fragile item on a ladder, it is nice to be able to ask her to hand me the screwdriver I left on the ground.  Plus, it makes it harder to quit if somebody else is still working in the room.
  • Plan a little fun.  I must watch The Office on Thursday night.  I just must.

Hopefully, after a month or so of work, this round of the Honeydo list will be done.  The house will look amazing and we will get the rest of the winter off from big projects.  Then we will go through another list this spring with some out door projects.  There may be a fence and a playground in our backyard’s future.  Don’t tell the kids.

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