Overcoming DIY Procrastination

Do it yourself projects are the ideal way to get something done cheaply, and with the added bonus of providing you with self satisfaction. Some DIY projects may only take a few minutes and might be fun, but there are those home improvement DIY projects that may prove to be a snag for you. In most cases, you’ll find that many people take too long to finish a simple project, or end up doing it wrong because of a few simple (and easily avoidable) problems here and there. Another common mistake is that some people take too long before they even make a start, this is particularly fatal, as getting over the initial hump of getting started is often the hardest part. In any case all of these scenarios can be avoided with the correct planning and preparation. To avoid DIY procrastination, there are a few things that you need to focus on so that things go smoothly.

Read the Instructions

Since DIY projects on the surface seem to be easy, most people won’t read the instructions and assume that they know what exactly to do. A project might seem easy, but if you don’t follow the right steps, you’ll end up doing the things wrong or spoiling materials and work pieces, which in turn leads to time wastage and a waste of resources. Once you read the instructions and follow them properly, you’ll be able to start you project without any hiccups and finish the entire project without getting flustered.

Do Not Avoid Prep Work

Every project requires prep work, there’s simply no getting around the fact, and it’s this preparation that will be the initial platform to ensure the continued success of the job, whether it being sourcing the tools that you need, or cleaning an area properly before you start work. Skipping the prep work step could prove to be disastrous, and you might not end up doing what you really wanted to do.

Don’t Bite Off More than You Can Chew

Don’t rush to a huge decision when it comes to DIY. Tackling too much at once is never the right decision, at best you may end up not doing what you planned to do, and at worst you could end up doing a shoddy job overall. Instead, take it bit by bit and work on what you can at a specific time. By doing this, you will end up doing more that you anticipated, and your work will be of a higher quality.


When you’re stuck on a certain DIY project, there’s no need to give up. With the right considerations and planning, you’ll be able to improvise, and end up finishing the  project just as well as if things had gone exactly to plan. Just like in other areas of life, DIY projects are not without their problems, and you can only foresee so much. Rather than get frustrated the trick is to be able to step back, take a moment to think and be able to see alternative solutions to problems. For instance if you’re painting a room and run out of paint, whilst it might be too late in the day to go out and buy more, take the opportunity to start measuring up for where the shelves will sit.

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