Do you have 1-10(or more) unfinished projects sitting in your garage or workspace? I know at times I start a woodworking project, only to become disengaged and start the “next great thing”, only to get caught in the same trap again.
Before I know it, I’ve got a home workshop full of unfinished projects – and that’s not cool! I know that I want to finish up my projects to wow my wife and kids, and get that completed grin on my own face, but sometimes I just don’t have the willpower.
Thankfully, as of lately I’ve found some great methods and tips to really help kick myself in gear and get stuff done, and I want to share them with you, so your workshop doesn’t look like the one in the picture to the right.
1 – Make Sure You Have All The Supplies You Need Before Starting to Work
Needing to head out to the store 10 times during a workday can really stink- and you’ll feel like you don’t get anything done! Instead, be sure to thoroughly think through every tool, material and supply you’ll need for the day and have them ready before you start.
At the end of the day, you’ll really feel like you’ve accomplished something tons – because you will have worked (mostly) undistracted!
2 – Find Quick, 15 Minute Steps You Can do Today and Take Action
Maybe you don’t have a whole day to devote to your latest project. However, I can guarantee that you can find 15-30 minutes to work every day!
Find little steps and bits of your project that you can complete in this timeframe, and write them down on a pad of paper in your workshop or garage. Then, when you go down there to work, you’ve got multiple ways that you can take action right then and there, and you don’t have to hem and haw about what to do first!
3 – Make Sure Your Work Area is Comfortable – Temperature, Ergonomics and Cleanliness
Nothing is less motivating than a messy work area. The same goes for working in the heat or cold, being uncomfortable from bending or straining your eyes for lack of lighting.
It’s really important to structure your work area so that it is comfortable in all these ways. Then, you can get to the work you love doing, and not be held back by the mess or inconvenience of your shop. Little items like shop vacs, space heaters safely away from sawdust, and proper-height tables can make a huge difference in your productivity.
4 – Wash the Dishes Before You Start!
This might sound odd, but it’s a personal favorite productivity tip. Washing the dishes helps get me in the right mood to work, and gets a small win.
Psychologists tell us that small wins like this get out momentum going and allow us to take on huge projects more easily – and your significant other will love you for it too!