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No Time to DIY? Make Projects Work for You




No Time to DIY? Make DIYs Work for You. This article explains how to make any DIY project fit into your busy schedule!



How many amazing Pinterest ideas have you pinned?  How many of these have you completed?  How many would you LOVE to do, but never start, because you lack the time or energy?  How often do you think that you just have no time to DIY?


I know my Pinterest boards are full of awesome ideas (over 1,000 at last count).  Until recently, I mentally sent most of these to my “In the Future” list, because I just didn’t have the time or energy for them.  But, believe it or not, the only thing holding me back was not starting.  With a little time management and self-discipline, I started to finish some awesome DIY projects.  I’d like to share a strategy that works for me.



No Time? Make DIYs Work for You!  Here’s How It Works:


The problem with our fast paced world is that we have lost the art of patience.  We’ve become used to and want instant results.  If we can give up this “all or nothing” mindset, we can learn to be happy with smaller goals and accomplishments.  Basically, take a project and break it into smaller (more achievable) steps, tasks, or goals.


I like to look at a project, and break it down into steps.  Once I’ve done this, I look at each step to decide if it needs to be broken down into smaller steps as well.  Each step (or sub-step) becomes a goal.  Instead of looking at the (overwhelming) entire project, I only let myself focus on one step at a time.  That step becomes my goal.  So I complete the project in parts, without letting myself think about anything but the step I’m currently working on.


No Time to DIY? Make Projects Work for You! This image of a dresser is used to explain how to break projects down into smaller steps. The dresser is broken down into parts, and each part is given its own work session.

For an example of how to break a project into smaller steps, look at my recent Distressed Dresser post.   I would break this project down so that each part of the dresser had its own work period:

  1. dresser top
  2. dresser back
  3. dresser – left side
  4. dresser – right side
  5. dresser bottom
  6. dresser drawers:

1. drawer A

2. drawer B

3. drawer C

4. drawer D


My goal for each period would be to sand the one part I was working on…that’s it.  I wouldn’t stress/think about the entire dresser, because that wouldn’t be my goal.  If I only had ten minutes to work on the dresser, I could still finish one goal using this method.  If I had more time, I might decide to work on a second or third goal, but would reward myself between them with a coffee, or glass of wine.


If another project had bigger steps, I would split one step up over a few work sessions.  Using this method, I would still finish a goal after a few days.  As each new step build on the step before, I could be happy with what I had finished, instead of worrying about everything I still had to do.  Using this method, I never worry about having no time to DIY.


Is this a strategy that could work for you?  Let me know what you think in the comments below.



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  • Reply
    March 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I love this approach. I realized that I’ve done it in the recent past, without even realizing it! In the summer after the baby was in bed was the time that I did stuff last year. And it would be maybe 15-20 minutes here and there, until the project finally got done. It’s very rewarding too, because it seems like you’ve put a lot more effort in than you actually do. (Though I am impatient, so it was tough sometimes to be satisfied with a short burst of work). Balance is key!

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      March 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      My problem is impatience too. I want the project done and I want it done now. 🙂 I’m glad you’ve had success with this strategy! I find it’s the only way to fit creative projects into my daily life, without neglecting all of the other things I need to do. As you said, balance is key.

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