A big renovation might be painful with the expense of time, cost, effort, or more. And when the work starts to pose aversion, procrastination takes over. Delaying tasks can take a toll on financial stability, health, and may even hamper productivity in other facets of your life. If you feel that you have been trapped in a procrastination loop, it’s time to get on a renovation spree before it gets too late to bring holiday cheer home.
House renovation may seem like a Herculean task to many. A study found that people have a tendency to procrastinate a task for the fear of not succeeding. We as humans are often averse to hard tasks.
Staying positive throughout the process may not seem easy. But shifting the focus on the end results provides the needed push that motivates you to constantly work towards building up your home.
Prepare a To-Do List
Do you often feel overwhelmed by huge renovations and repairs at home? It’s time to prepare a prioritized to-do list with the highest-priority tasks at the top and the least important chores at the bottom. This way, you will begin with the urgent work at the start of the day when your cognitive resources are at the highest before taking up the least important ones.
A to-do list is critical for fighting decision paralysis and helps save a lot of time that is wasted on thinking about what to do next.
Set Yourself Realistic Goals
Overambitious renovation projects sometimes turn out to be dangerous triggers for procrastination. It’s important to set practical goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-oriented.
Instead of getting overpowered by the mammoth work, go for short-term measurable tasks that are attainable and actionable in the set duration.
Break Down Big Tasks
While it’s natural to get overburdened by the size and scope of certain jobs, assessing your capabilities beforehand and breaking down big tasks into smaller specific chores makes them more feasible.
Instead of being disappointed by how much you can’t do—or just how much you need to do, focus on what you can do.
Keep Resources at the Ready
Planning to give your walls a nice paint or your broken chair under weatherproof chair covers a repair? Consider commencing the reno work only after keeping all the equipment and resources at the ready. Nothing seems worse than heading to the hardware store in the middle of the project and obstructing your plan.
Keeping all the work for yourself is a major reason procrastination can get the better of us. Revamping a house is a huge project which involves a lot of work. Doing everything by yourself is next to impossible. Consider asking your family to shoulder the burden or even seek help from a qualified professional.
If you have a broken TV and firepits sheathed under TV covers and firepit covers, waiting for repairs, hire professionals to save you time, effort, money, and a great deal of stress. In doing this, you can focus your effort on snapping social ready posts of your home for the holiday.
Ward Off Temptations and Interruptions
Get to work by warding off temptations and interruptions such as social media, leisurely activities, and various other distractions that hamper your productivity. The easiest way to break free from these temptations is changing the environment to one that you associate with work. Hanging big visual boards of the makeover you have envisaged for your home proves to be a great motivator.
Cover the Challenging Tasks First
Planning to strike off all the errands on the to-do list? Get down to the most challenging chores first. According to experts, we have a limited depletable supply of willpower and resources. Attacking the hardest challenges first when you are fully energized and fresh is likely to bring more success. Moreover, checking off the most taxing projects first will make you feel more productive.
Don’t Aim for ‘Perfection’
Aiming for perfection in reno projects often leads to procrastination. The unrealistic and inflexible high expectations sometimes burden you and create unnecessary stress. Even if you want to recreate the same decor you have seen online with utmost accuracy, leaving room for creativity helps quicken the process.
Promising yourself a reward at the end of each project or even in between the big tasks prove to be great motivation to get you going. Give yourself incentives such as a mug of hot chocolate while lounging on the couch decked in your favorite chair covers, enjoying a relaxing spa day at home, or even binge-watching your favorite series.