I’m not one to typically bother making New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I don’t believe that resolve works by exercising it once a year. What I do believe is that the New Year ushers in an opportunity for change, one that makes us reflect on the big picture and think about how we might want to alter the course of our lives. The only problem is, New Year’s resolutions fail so often! Why?
As personal finance author / consultant Ramit Sethi explains in his blog post, Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail, the problems are that our resolutions tend not to be specific, are unrealistic, and are not based on systems. So with this in mind, my first resolution for 2016 is:
To complete the Budget & Schedule for Phase 1 of the Little Green Airstream Renovation by January 31st, 2016
As I’ve learned in my work as a residential construction project manager, an approved budget and schedule are the first commitments one makes in starting a renovation project, and they are the templates by which one runs the job to completion. The budget and schedule will determine how much I need to fundraise and by when, and will also let me know when I can expect to hit the road to California. Of course, I’ll be happy to share these documents with those of you who are interested in the process.
Do you have a renovation project you’ve been procrastinating with? Are you planning on doing a similar project in the New Year? Or have you already gotten over the hurdle and lived out your Airstream dream in the past year? I’d love to hear about it!
Happy New Year everyone!