Over at the Tiny Life, new contributor Marie made a great post about what she calls “Procrastiprepping.” This is the idea that you can stall your work by convincing yourself that you are doing work preparing for the actual work.
“While waiting for the trailer, then the welding on the trailer, Alan was purchasing used tools (compressor, nail guns, sawsall, etc) from Craigslist and Amazon while I made materials lists, estimated board-feet of lumber and plywood, and scanned the internet for FSC-approved flooring. I call this our Procrastiprepping Phase. Sure, buying an expensive trailer and ordering equally expensive windows is a financial commitment, but nothing says Point Of No Return like screwing down that first bit of floor joist.”
Marie is absolutely right. There is nothing like getting started. It is really easy to get caught in the trap of learning how to do something rather than actually doing it. You can tell yourself you’re trying to be prepared as possible but just because you understand how to do something doesn’t mean you’ve done it. When people ask me how to get started building a tiny house I always say that the first thing they need to do is put down the books and pick up the hammer and nail down that first board. This is metaphorical, you understand. Most of the time nailing down a board isn’t the first step anyway.
So, how do you find your own motivation. Read more to see my thoughts on the subject.
Our own tiny house adventure started with lots of dreaming and planning. When we were ready to start we had an added challenge of preparing the land since we were building on a foundation. We got the clearing ready, we rented an auger and dug the holes for the concrete piers, and finally we poured the concrete which is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Because we took that step, though, the rest of the house seemed like a piece of cake. Big reveal: It wasn’t. But I knew that we were up for it.
We took our time. We still lived and worked three hours away from our build site so we only got to work on it just about every other weekend for three years. It is funny because we would get up early and drive to the mountain and be very productive for most of the day, but it was pretty easy to convince ourselves to stop earlier than we planned so we could go into Asheville and enjoy the town. Probably one of the reasons it took three years. Still, that was the adventure and I wouldn’t change it even to be able to build the tiny house faster.
Recently, when I asked my Facebook community for inspiration someone wanted to know “How a tiny woman with no building skills or knowhow and no money can build a tiny house herself.” All I can say is to put down the books and pick up the hammer.
How do you motivate yourself?
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