I seem to reach a point in all of my projects where I feel I’m working and working and working but no progress is being made. Wiring, plumbing, hell even framing, take time and must be done but I always feel there is no progress. I come home tired. Hands bleeding, back strained, and dog tired (there is something good about that kind of tired, you know?).
What keeps me moving through the mire is the knowledge (and it is becoming knowledge at this point) that there exists an inflection point when the project starts to gel. Not dissimilar to the point where, after a seemingly interminable amount of kneading, flour, water, salt and yeast become bread dough. My inflection point is when my vision for the project starts to take hold, asserting the vision’s dominance over the mess I began with.
Yet, I still feel I am slogging through the work. Most rough framing completed – check; most wiring done – check; most plumbing completed – check; oops, head back for more rough framing, touch up the piping. Almost done? Nope, forgot to do some structural work. Then finish the rough framing before I can finish the wiring. Great! Now it’s all ready for drywall (except the ONE DAMN OUTLET that I forgot…ARUGHHH!).
(my wife accuses me of opening too many projects before I finish one…I’ve never argued that point)
Anyway, I continue pushing through the frustration, knowing I’ll turn the corner soon.