This 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.
Classify your DIY projects based on complexity
First, make a good survey of the repairs, refurbishments, total knock-down areas and even new ideas you think your home (or a particular project or task in your life) needs. Group these into simple, medium, and complicated tasks. This step will allow you to select what areas you can tackle as a DIY hero, what areas need team effort with your family members or friends, and what areas are better left alone for professional skills.
For instance, reupholstering your old favorite chaise lounge can earn you an A+ in your DIY report card, refurbishing your pool table or the entire game room requires you to assemble your personal DIY team. Think about tasks like the total repair of the kitchen ceiling or the stove cabling and decide if they are better left off to professionals. Some creative DIY projects can be tricky and require consultation with family and friends, and even with professionals.
Check your skills and those who will be helping you out
It will be good to check your skills using these questions:
- Do you know enough about it to proceed?
- Can someone help you in case you need assistance?
- How much time are you willing to devote to the project?
- Can you assure everyone’s safety and health once your DIY project is finished?
- Can you involve your family or friends, or the people you live with (like roommates) in your DIY project, like consulting for agreed choices on design, look, color or arrangement?