When you have decided to work on a project that requires some technical and mechanical knowledge, you or at least some people in your DIY crew are expected to know the important and appropriate things already.
LISTS ARE A DIYer’s BEST FRIENDHave a list. Making a list is good, not only for Christmas but for every DIYer. Be a list freak if you have to and you will soon discover its benefits. Create a list for your materials, prices, quality, stock availability, your DIY crew (if it requires help other than you), their skills and expertise, and other necessary “lists.” More importantly, create a list of all the useful reminders and cautions (if any) that you have gathered (from the first step) so as not to forget them, and use them when called for during the DIY process.
THE KEEP ONE EXTRA RULEOne very useful tip I got from a friend is it might be best to have an extra piece of the important or major materials you need. For instance, based on your measurement, you will need eight marine plywood to make a DIY double walling for your bedroom. Make that nine pieces of wood instead. This ensures that you have something extra to work on when you find your supply short. This saves you effort, time, gas and money buying the same thing again, and for just an extra piece. The best thing about the keep one extra rule is it saves you from a great deal of stress and guarantees you uninterrupted DIY work.
What if you actually didn’t get to use those extra pieces of some things? It should not be a problem since you can always sell or give to friends who might need them, or better yet keep them for emergency, which always comes up. You will reap the same benefits as when you have it as stockpile when you’re doing your DIY project. Another great use? You can create some nifty stuff out of them, meaning get a new DIY idea in the works inspired by your DIY “leftovers.” With good planning over and done with, you can now focus your attention to the more serious side of your endeavor, preparing to kickstart your Do-It-Yourself project.
Divide your DIY work into stages or partsThis way, you will have a clear idea what needs to be done first, and in how much time. Dividing a project into stages also conforms with a good budgeting discipline. If you are on a tight budget, it will help you what items or materials need to be prioritized first. Meanwhile, segmenting the entire work based on time allotment reinforces discipline and focus. Make a work plan with timeline so you will have something to follow that will enforce the project completion in the ideal time. It’s up to you how to go about dividing the project into segments.
An important question to ask is “can you afford to stall for some time?” If the project involves a fixed schedule with a must-complete date, do you have a back-up plan just in case these timelines are not followed for some reason? How much time can you afford to stall? This is very important to note since the momentum of doing a DIY project goes down after long “to be continued” periods. But remember that this situation should only came about when absolutely necessary. Enjoy
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