Think SMART about your DIY Jobs
Got a list as long as your arm, full of the little jobs that needing doing around your home? Keeping on top of running your household, making sure everyone’s where they need to be every day, walking the dogs and getting the chores down between you, is almost a full time job. Throw into the mix that screen door that needs repairing or the overflowing gutter than needs clearing and you don’t even know where to begin.
In this short blog, we help take a big deep breath and learn how best to prioritize those DIY jobs that are beginning to keep you awake at night.
Yes, we know you could do it yourself given a bit of space and time but realistically when is that going to happen? On top of that, free time spent clearing out dead leaves and mud from a gutter or elbow deep cleaning a kitchen gully free of greasy fat and old food is no one’s idea of fun.
What you can carve out ten minutes to do is to pick up a phone or book an online appointment to have a drain specialist come and do this job for you. He or she may also be able to help you with some ideas on how to keep the drain from getting re-clogged in future. A worthwhile use of you time and a job finally ticked off your list.
If you are unwilling to part with cash to fix the smaller jobs then bite the bullet and choose one large-scale job to get done. Give yourself an absolute deadline and do everything in your power to get that done, whether that’s having storm damage cleared away and your screen door repaired or your lawn mown, stick to the plan.
Just like you would in business set household objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Use this acronym to help you prioritize your list and decide on what can, realistically, be done and what might have to slip further down whether that’s because of resources or because it may be something you can’t achieve yourself.
The key to achieving everything you need to do in your home is planning and holding yourself, or having someone else hold you, accountable. Check in with them and update on your progress and stick to your deadlines. Having realistic deadlines will focus the mind on one job at a time and not feel overwhelmed with the number of other things that need looking at.
If you can set aside a day to get some of those smaller jobs out of the way, you’ll find that helps give you a much needed boost and deep sense of satisfaction seeing those boxes ticked.
One step at a time and you’ll soon be on your way to getting your home up to the standard you’ve always wanted. Deep breaths, SMART goals and the judgement to know when to outsource and when to tackle it yourself and you’ll be there in no time.