How-To stay motivated even when you’re not feeling well

by andrewodom on February 13, 2012 · 14 comments


Perhaps the most difficult part of building a tiny house is truly designing it (internally and externally) the way you want without ever having stepped into your trailer. Sure you can dream, measure, space things, measure again, sketch, etc. But there just is no end to trying to perfect a design. I know. What I am sharing today is version 4 of our interior. And I am pretty sure this is subject to change to once we get the shell of the house built. Space does seem to close in on you once you get some 2″ x 4″ studs surrounding you.

But that isn’t all. I awoke Saturday morning with a horribly itchy throat. I have had this sort of annoyance before and it is typically the change in weather, etc. I expect this is no different. Saturday turned into Sunday and then Sunday became today. As I sit here I am balancing typing, blowing, sniffing, exhaling, and blinking my heavy eyelids. No doubt the stress from our hacked site this past week is weighing into the scenario as well. I tell you. When it rains, it pours. But the show much go on.

I bought some lights and some wire this weekend and I intend to get them installed and bolted on this week in anticipation of our VIN assignment and titling. I also want to start with some garden prep and soil amendment. Spring is coming and this is NO time to not feel well. And lest I forget that whole “day job” thing in which I work from about 7:45am to about 5:30pm each day.

So how do I stay motivated? Besides a loose foundation in self-inflicted agony, I find the following tips to be quite useful as well.

  1. Remind yourself of your overall goal. Imagine the first cold night when you and your family are snuggled into your tiny house drinking cocoa and listening to a good program on the radio or watching a movie on the Internet or just playing a board game. Think of the feeling each month when the mail arrives day-to-day and you realize no house payment bill will be coming in. Focus on the small things to jumpstart your productivity.
  2. Schedule breaks. We all know Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither will your tiny house be. Neither will your blueprint be. Neither will the trim be. You have to pace yourself. Schedule reasonable breaks in which you can just reflect on all that you have accomplished. Tell yourself that you’re going to take fifteen minutes off after you complete x amount of work. When you do take a break, don’t just continue to tinker or get busy with something else. Get up and take a walk, run a short errand, or do some exercises. Heck, grab a glass of iced tea or a warm cup of coffee. You’ll find that not only do you look forward to each break, but that each break renews and refreshes your energy and creativity.
  3. Alternate projects. In general, it’s best to avoid interruptions. However, if you find yourself getting bogged down in a particular project (and your schedule allows for it), then you may went to switch to a different project for a while. Be careful to choose something that uses a different part of your skillset. Often working on something different for a while lets you return to the project that you were “stuck” on with fresh energy and fresh ideas.
  4. Have regular routine. Habits can be powerful things. It’s a proven fact that a habit can be very difficult to break. Some people have made a small fortune with books and courses to help people break their bad habits. If you develop the habit of starting your day at the same time everyday, working during a certain part of the day, every day, then you you’ll find it much easier to schedule your time and ensure that all projects are completed on time.
  5. Take care of your health. It’s no fun working when you are sick, and that’s a fact. Eat right. Get enough rest. Exercise. I could write post after post about taking care of yourself. But I digress. Even when you are sick you should take care of your health. Double up on the Vitamin C. Invest in a neti pot. Drink a “mean green” each morning. The better you feel, the more work that you will be able to get done.

Oh yes, lest I forget. The design. We’ll be talking about it more in a post later this week. However, I encourage you to submit your questions, concerns, thoughts, etc. Remember, our trailer is 30′ long so we have a bit more space than some of the more popular designs.

And by the way, what do you do to stay motivated even when you aren’t feeling well?

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