The home renovation process is fraught with challenges, not the least of which is finding the motivation to finish the job. Most of us would rather be almost anywhere else but on our knees sanding a wood floor, but even if you are excited about the job, your motivation is guaranteed to come and go. Here, you’ll find a few tips on staying motivated.
Get Started, Already!
Getting started on a renovation project is a bit like starting a workout—once you’re into it, you’re fine. Or, you could look at it the same way you’d look at pulling off a bandage—do it fast and all at once, without thinking about it.
Chart Your Progress
One night when there’s not much to do, sit down with a drink and take a look at your progress photos (you did take some, didn’t you?) You’ll see just how far you’ve come—and it will make you want to see the job through to the end.
Take a Break from Those Annoying Jobs
We’re not suggesting that you procrastinate, and we don’t want you to start too many jobs at one time, but if there’s a job that’s really bugging you, step back and do something else for a while. Move on to the next task on your to-do list; sometimes renovation work gets mundane, and switching it up can keep you interested.
Break It Down
There are some renovation jobs that are just overwhelming. Whether it’s a big task or a laundry list of little ones, break each job into more manageable segments. Divide things up by area or by type—whatever works best for your situation.
Set Realistic Goals
Your goals should be doable, but exciting. Pick a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, or holiday gathering and decide to have the job finished by that time. That way, you’ll have something to anticipate besides the end of the project.
Giving yourself a small reward with each milestone is a great motivational tool. Your reward doesn’t have to be monetary—it could be taking a few days off, getting a manicure, or buying some furniture for your new room. Having a reward planned out will make the time fly, because you’ll be looking forward to something.
Ask for Help
Take a weekend to invite some friends and family over for an afternoon of work, followed by a cookout. You’ll get a lot done, you’ll feel good about it, and you’ll get some needed fun time.
It can be hard to stay motivated when your entire home is in disarray and you don’t see an end in sight, but you shouldn’t give up. Even if you’re not raring to go today, or you haven’t been getting much done lately, you will get it done eventually. Your space may not look so good right now, but thinking about how it will look when it’s done will give you an incentive to finish the job.
These great tips come from Stormclad, specialists in conservatories in Nottingham.