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Thread: Culling the project list and tossing things out

  1. #1
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Culling the project list and tossing things out

    it struck me while away that its time in life to get real about the long list of projects and the clutter that comes with hording bits and pieces for the unfinished or future projects.

    I saw this with my Dad he had loads of stuff that just never got done. I am thinking better to get some done and enjoy them that diluting ones effort trying to get too many done and getting none done.

    what say the family.

    do u have a load of projects. ?

    Do u find things are taking u longer than they used to?

    i have so many things i still want to it all mind over matter???

    Share ur thoughts please i need some alternative views.

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  2. #2
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Ha, have we

    I need to do a bunch of culling. Did it once before, after reading a book called "Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter" by Elaine St. James. She had a good perspective on a lot of the little things we do out of habit, but really made you question of you needed to...worth the read, it's an easy one.

    Edit: updated book title/author...I was way off on that one.
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 08-14-2015 at 03:56 AM.

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  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Story of my life. I haven't culled yet, but I'm trying to work my way through them one at a time and to refrain from adding more. Some how the list just gets longer.
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  4. #4
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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    No way I'm culling. You cull, the list gets short, you finish it all, you die!

  5. #5
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    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    do u have a load of projects. ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    dDo u find things are taking u longer than they used to?
    Maybe? I'm not sure if its actuality or perception (time moves faster as you get older). It seems everyone has less free time than they used to though (maybe that's just a change of venue though?).

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    i have so many things i still want to it all mind over matter???
    Well.. if you don't mind, it don't matter?

    When I can stick to it (rarely) I've had pretty good luck with the "finish this one before the next one". Often that falls afoul of arbitrarily induced prioritization (aka extensions to the honedew list). There is also the motivation problem, I easily get to the point where it all just seems overwhelming and you give up trying cause it seems kind of hopeless. Like when you'll need to spend 4 hours cleaning the shop before you can get to do 2 hours of work..

  6. #6
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    Feb 2007
    I make one project after the other, although that doesn't mean that in between I'm not doing anything, As I travel a lot due to my job I use most of my flying and waiting time sketching and ideating other pieces, that leaves me with more things on the "to do" than in the "done" list. And here I'm only talking about ww projects.
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  7. #7
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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I found I enjoy things more when I am more focused. I still have plenty to do until I die; those things are just mostly woodworking with a few fixups around the house salted in. I let most of the other hobbies go because in trying to do more than I can, I only do less than I want.
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  8. #8
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    Apr 2008
    Independence MO
    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Calver View Post
    No way I'm culling. You cull, the list gets short, you finish it all, you die!
    My father is going through the culling process now. I am needing to. I find, IMHE that life throws you a curve ball first, and typically a health issue (either yourself or someone you care for), throws up plans before ones done with their list (getting rid of some, isn't the same as never finding another to do project).

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Yes I cull the shop. The next thing I know it's right back where I started. I feel we should always have something planned for the future. Just cause we're getting older doesn't mean we have to stop living and loving. It gives me something to look forward to when I get up in the morning. As I tell my better half I have yesterday's list to do. Maybe nothing happens but that's OK tomorrow is another day. As long as the health holds up I'm satisfied with what I can do or not.


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    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    I've got so many projects , after the fire the list doubled. Jarrod is taking care of a big one. Getting the hunting room put together with shelves and organizing the contents.

    I just did a list of Jobs we have going right now and it added up to 20. Hard to realize until I made the list.
    Last edited by Dave Hawksford; 08-18-2015 at 03:21 PM.
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