Harness Your Spring Energy

WoooHooo it’s spring time! If you are anything like me spring time gives you a big boost in energy.  As soon as the first sunny 60-degree day hits, I start to get excited.  My energy level goes up and I start thinking about all of the things I want to get done. This year by the middle of March I wanted to build a dining room table out of old barn wood, start a garden, build a chicken coop and raise chickens, reorganize my dressers and closets, reorganize my kitchen cabinets, put up new trim in the living room and dining room, make new flower beds, put pavers out around the back porch, power wash the house, rebuild the front porch, paint the front porch and the shutters.  Are you tired yet, I am just typing all of that!
Are you tired yet, I am just typing all of that!

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I do this each year.  I get excited, create a massive list and then feel so overwhelmed that I don’t get anything done.  I overload myself with all of these wonderful ideas, and then start to feel like a bum when I don’t accomplish them.  So this spring I asked myself a few questions to narrow down my list and set myself up for success.

Do I want it or need it?

This is the first question I ask.  Is this project something I want or need?  Since God has blessed me in this life, most of the projects are something that I want, not something I need.  When you look at my list the only thing that really needs to be done is to replace a few 4 x 4s on the front porch that are rotted, the rest of the porch is in good shape and doesn’t really need to be rebuilt.  Everything else is a want.

What materials do I have?

The other consideration is money, do I have the materials or do I have to purchase them?  I don’t really need any material to reorganize my cabinets or closets, but for the rest of the things on the list, I will need at least some material, and some of it is rather expensive.  In my case, a friend of mine offered me the barn wood if I was willing to come down and take it off of a falling down barn, so that was a big bonus for me.

So now after just two questions, I have my list of about 12 things down to just 4 and one of those is a smaller project than I originally intended.  I have some barn wood so I can build my dining room table, I can do the spring cleaning tasks of reorganizing of my closets and cabinets and I can replace two 4 x 4s instead of replacing the whole front porch.

How much time do I have?

This is the last question I ask myself because after the first two I start to feel a bit freer and I start thinking well maybe I can squeeze one or two more projects in.  I work an 8 on 6 off
schedule, and the 8 days on I am at a hotel.  So here is how I see it, I have 12 days a month, I still need to do some writing, clean the house, and spend some time with my family.  Do I really have time to build a coop and raise chickens?  No probably not.  Do I have time to till a garden, plant it, weed it all summer and harvest the veggies.  No probably not.  I think you get the idea.  The only one I haven’t considered is power washing the house, and that just takes a few hours and a jug of soap.  I probably have the time and money to do this one so I will leave it on the list, but push it to the bottom.

So here is how my list stands now:

    1. Clean and reorganize closets and cabinets
    2. Build a dining room table from old barn wood
    3. Replace the rotted 4x4s on the front porch
    4. Power wash the house

Spring is such a great time of year, it invigorates us and encourages us to come out of hibernation into a beautiful new world. Even though you get all of this energy, if you over plan, you can set yourself up for failure.  Although I really would like to do the rest of the list I know that right now I don’t have the time or the money to complete the rest of them.  By narrowing down my list I have set myself up for success. Now I can put these things on my calendar with some simple step by step goals, and I can celebrate my accomplishments with peeps and chocolate.

 

4 Comments

  1. Julie @ Filling the Jars

    March 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

    You just made me think of my spring to-do list in a whole new way! I always think I’m going to make time to do everything, but it never works out like that. These are the perfect questions to whittle my list!

    1. ridingmic@gmail.com

      March 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      So glad I could help, enjoy your spring!

  2. sara

    February 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I hope I find some energy in spring! I can’t believe it is almost spring time.

    1. Michele Cook

      February 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      I love spring and the weather here has been so warm it’s awesome!

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