July 24, 2013 Edition

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Tackling a big project

John Bland

A few things I have learned in recent years about myself are how I best tackle projects that require extra time and effort. For me, the phrase, "strike while the iron is hot" is certainly true.

Tasks, such as trimming shrubs and cleaning gutters around our house, are not ones I really dislike, but they do take time and physical effort. This past Saturday, I rose early and attacked the tasks before having time to think much about it. It did get awfully hot, so I had to finish the cleanup on other days.

I am usually worn out after such a task, but it is a good tired and not nearly as tiring as it feels when undone tasks are weighing on my shoulders. Muscle and joint soreness usually result a day or two later, but again, these are good aches, well deserved and a reminder of a task completed.

I get the same satisfaction from cleaning a vehicle, although I admit that getting started with this or any other special project is the hardest part. It's usually too hot or cold, there are too many mosquitoes or my energy is just not there. However, if I take a "baby step" or two, then again, I'm well into the project before I realize what I've committed to doing.

If you're like me, then I'd suggest you start with a little task and then another. Before you know it, you might be tackling that bigger project that you have put off doing for quite some time.

Those who know me well would guess my next project. That bigger project that I have put off doing for some time would be my desk and office. I may apply another strategy for this, and pretend that it is someone else's mess. That always makes it easier.

Good luck with your big projects. They are more than worth the effort.

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