In the context of things that have a beginning and things that have an end, I’m thinking about projects.
Specifically, I’m thinking about projects that are currently on my own plate. I have a dresser in the garage that I’m refinishing. That’s a project that has a beginning and an end.
I have a project of finding a new place to live. That has a beginning and an end.
I have a project of creating a proposal for a social media management branch of services that I offer. That’s a project that has a beginning and an end.
I have to repaint the house that I am moving out of in order to get my security deposit back. That’s a project with a beginning and an end.
I have a project of learning the music for playing this weekend in a service. That’s a project that has a beginning and an end.
As I think about it, each one of these projects could also just be considered something on my to do list. But I tend to reserve to do lists for things that are on a smaller scale that can be checked off after an hour. Like making an appointment with a chiropractor. Going grocery shopping. Straightening out a snafu on my bank statement. Cleaning the house. Making a cake. Getting something listed on eBay.
Projects that have a beginning and an end of a definite nature are mentally easier for me than projects that are somewhat open-ended.
I have a friend who has a whole bunch of stuff that needs to be sold on either eBay or craigslist or some sort of similar site. This to me doesn’t really feel like a project with an end, although technically when the last item is sold that will be the end of the project. But he has so much stuff that I sort of suspect that that project will never end.
Starting that project feels somewhat overwhelming. Not just the deciding on what to list, but the organization of the items that he wants to sell.
It probably doesn’t help that right now everything is all jumbled together In his garage. He’s got items to sell mixed with old paperwork mixed with tools mixed with yard equipment mixed with old books etc.
With that project we have had to break it down into steps. So we know that right now the first thing to get that project off the ground is to make one collection area which we have determined will be a set of shelves against one wall. The shelves need to be emptied out first. But when the shelves are empty then all of the items to sell can go onto the shelves. That would help a lot just to sort out everything and separate what needs to be sold from everything else.
That will be the actual beginning of that project. As the rest of the area is cleared out we will be able to set up a packing table and an area for packing supplies and be able to have a workspace to get everything shipped as it sells.
The project of selling that stuff does not feel impossible to me. It feels like a big project but because I’ve done that kind of thing so much for the last 10 years, I know it’s completely do-able. I’m looking forward to starting it and getting going.