like the way Lisa Savoie thinks. Whenever the Kansas
homeowner takes a step toward a home-project goal, she
rewards herself with a mug of her favorite tea or time
with a good book.
you plan to improve yourself or your home in 2015,
follow Lisaís lead and build in positive reinforcement
for progress. Some of us need all the help we can get to
start a project and finish it. After all, how many
January resolutions are forgotten by February?
Lisa, necessity was the mother of motivation. Seeing
bricks coming off the front of her home kept her focused
on finding a top-rated local mason to fix the brick and
a plumber to replace a hose bib.
only advice I have isnít too original: Take it one
step at a time," she says. "Get plenty of
estimates and give yourself time to really think about
who you want to hire. I also do some research on the
repair so I can understand the contractors when they
make suggestions and explain what needs to be done. Donít
be afraid to ask for documentation, like proof of
insurance. The good contractors are always ready and
willing to provide what you need."
adds, "to keep the stress down, I try to do
something relaxing after each step." Thatís where
the tea and reading come in.
suppose nothingís falling down around you? What if no
home emergency is looming but your head still spins with
everything you think you should be doing to get your
house in order?
talked to several top-rated psychologists and
counselors, who offer ideas for putting projects in
your list out of your head. Write down your desired
goals, possible projects and pressing tasks. Take time
to rank them. Choose one, break it into pieces, and
tackle one at a time.
first things first. In the absence of a true home
emergency, it may be better to spend your limited
resources on personal priorities rather than striving
for a perfect home, yard or vehicle.
what you can. One psychologist told us that busy people,
parents particularly, should consider budgeting whatever
theyíre able to afford on services that free up time.
Think lawn work, housecleaning, window cleaning and
more. And remember to hire service providers who are
appropriately licensed, insured and bonded and who have
positive reviews on a trusted online site.
I raise my mug in honor of Lisaís idea. Hereís to
building in rewards whenever we make progress, however
small, on our goals.