Have you ever started a project that you absolutely despise? For me the answer is yes absolutely! In fact every time it’s been the same source. It’s always been a project where I’ve opened my big mouth and said “No problem let me make that for you!”
I’m a hobby woodworker and anytime someone has approached me with “Would you make one of those for me?” My response is always a very polite but firm “No, absolutely not, under no circumstances, not on your life!” You see I learned a long time ago that, for me, the fastest way to kill a hobby is to turn it into a job where there are expectations from someone else that I have to meet. As a result I’ve restricted my woodworking projects to those for myself or more often for gifts … where the other person does not know … or expect … it to be coming. I really enjoy working on projects like that because there is no pressure, I can work at it at my leisure and enjoy the process. All that goes out the window when it’s a commissioned project!
I’ve now got one of those “I can do that for you” projects sitting in my workshop for several months. There was no deadline given just a promise to get it done, sometime. Now every time I go out to the shop, it taunts me and I glare back at it with contempt. Let me clarify, the project (a counter for an office coffee room) is going just fine. No major problems and the design is very simple. I just despise working on it, so it’s taking forever to complete. Each little stage has as much joy as a prostate exam. No other projects have been happening because I’m the type that cannot move onto a new project while one is not yet finished. As a result the shop sits unused from week to week.
One side of me says to take a sledge hammer and put this project out of my misery but another says, it’s not that far from being finished so just get it done. Yet here I am, it’s Sunday afternoon, my wife and the kids are out, perfect workshop time. I even ventured out there and glared at the beast before returning to my den to knock out this blog entry. Anyone else ever been in this situation? How do you push past and get the beast finished?
-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca