Keep a Progress List to Keep Yourself Motivated

Once upon a time (that time being November or December of 2019) I sat in my house, lamented it’s current state, and felt overwhelmed by the number of things I need to do to drag it into the 21st century. I had created a list of things I wanted to do to the house and it was LONG. Progress felt SLOW. And now that we were living in the place I kept finding more and more little problems that needed to be added. I had just moved in, yet already felt paralyzed by the amount of work.

So in an effort to turn that frown upside down, I decided to create an opposite list of tasks completed. For every month, I keep a running progress list of all the home improvements that have been completed. Let me tell you, it WORKS! Every time I’m feeling overwhelmed or unmotivated or generally discouraged about the ugliness of my house, I open my progress list and feel better about what we’ve accomplished. It also helps me remember the multitude of tiny fixes I’ve spent time on and promptly forgot about.

Here’s a sample of mine, I keep it in Google Docs so I can access it whenever.

my progress list of completed home improvement tasks

Do you keep a home improvement project progress list? If you’re slowly renovating your entire house I highly recommend you start, it’s a great way to temper the burnout.

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