Last weekend my wife and I took a 7 ½ hour road trip with my son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren (a 5 year old & a 2 year old) to visit our daughter and her family. I was told multiple times “good luck” traveling that amount of time with two little ones. I volunteered to take the tough assignment, riding in the third set with my 2 year old granddaughter Annabelle. We did very well because we planned ahead. Together we watched videos on the iPad, colored in her coloring books and ate a lot of snacks. The 7 ½ hours went fast with no major incidents or melt-downs.
This trip made me think, why did a 7 ½ hour road trip, that had every chance of going badly, go so well? The answer is “we prepared before we started”. Just like all building projects, if you don’t prepare before you get started, the chance of the project going well greatly decreases.
Three questions to answer before you start your next building project:
- What Do I Value? Wants vs. needs must be balanced on every project. The answer to another question “Does it bring value to the project?” will determine which want or need stays or goes.
- Where am I Compromising? Compromise is not a bad word, it is only bad when you compromise and didn’t know it. As you prioritize the “value added items” on your list, compromise may need to take place. That is ok because you are doing it purposefully.
- When Do I Need the Project Completed? Having an overall schedule with milestone dates will keep the project on time and your stress level under control.
Annabelle and I had fun & built memories in the third seat of our SUV because we prepared for the trip. I knew what I valued which was time with my granddaughter and understood there would be compromise. Annabelle ate all the snacks before we got to the Mississippi, and we got to her cousin’s soccer game before it started.
Let us help you prepare for your next project. Give me a call; we would like to take the trip with you.