When youíre about to undergo a project, does simply looking forward to it morph into anticipation, and then quickly become unfulfilled obsession? Does me.

If youíve been reading these blogs regularly, you know I built a shed to house garage stuff, and thus allow me to completely redesign my shop layout. Well, the shedís done Ė has been for a couple weeks Ė but I have several deadlines to meet right now and canít possibly get started on my shop rebuild. And itís making me crazy.

I can be a procrastinator sometimes and Iím cool with that, but when external items on my to-do list force procrastination on me, it drives me nuts. I want to be out there redoing my shop so badly I can taste it. Constantly thinking about it intrudes upon other things (work mostly), and I find myself lying in bed at night pining to get started ďmaybe tomorrow.Ē

But the enforced wait hasnít been all bad. For one thing, work deadlines mean paychecks. For another, a crush of deadlines happening concurrently usually means a lull will follow, further meaning that when I do get started on the shop Iíll have a good bit of uninterrupted time.

Whatís more, having the extra time to think about what Iím going to do has ensured that I wonít rush into any one shop solution. Iíve been tossing several ideas around, and in taking the extra time before getting started Ė although that extra time has been forced on me rather than my taking extra time through personal wisdom and restraint Ė Iíve embellished some of those ideas and discarded others. My new shop, as a result, will be all the better.

In retrospect, this enforced delay in getting started on my shop rebuild is a good thing.

But the wait to get started is killing me.

Till next time,



  • David McDonnel says:

    Kind of like the old Heinz comercial where they are waiting for the thick Ketchup to drip down onto the hamburger all the while the pop tune “Anticipation” is playing!

    That impatient anticipation is always a part of the cycle of any fun for yourself project. My dad always called it the thrill of the hunt when he was planning a new project or looking to buy something big (car, TV, etc). Enjoy it because all too soon it’s done and over and you get the equivalent of post partum depression or maybe even buyers remorse (hopefully not).

    David McDonnel “Mac”
    Indianapolis IN

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