List or Sentence?
One of the rights of spring in our home is to start up a list of the things around the house that need to be dealt with over the summer. The list typically starts fairly small and reasonable to deal with (financially and in terms of time), but inevitably it extends itself into a wish list of the things we want to change about our house (which are incidentally, quite expensive (in terms of money and time)). This means the list becomes larger and larger, and more and more daunting to deal with. Finally the list is lost or thrown out because it is far too expensive to deal with, and seems impossible to complete.
This has actually happened a few times, even though the list starts off with a good concept, it becomes too large and unachievable. A few times legitimate issues have arisen to stop the list from being deal with, some of these calamities include:
- Being laid off
- Surprise pregnancy
- Illness in family
All legitimate reasons to abandon the Honkin’ Big Summer to do List (it’s new official title), but this year we will attempt to deal with it in a more mature manner.
A Better Way?
I think dealing with the Honkin’ Big Summer to do List like I would a Brain Storming list from work, and then pair it back down around May 1st to make the list achievable (and revisiting any add ons July 1st) should make the list a little more useable.
What is on this list? Some smaller things that should have been dealt with a while ago, and much larger things like replacing windows that are making my house look like a ram shackled crack house (OK, it might not be quite that bad, but it is still pretty bad).
The important point to figure out is what can be done financially, and then what can be dealt with in terms of available time. Once those two variables are dealt with, creating a list is much simpler (it still may not succeed but it is much less huge in size).
Do you have a Honkin’ Big Summer to do List ? What is on the list? Do you succeed in your summer home repair plans?