During COVID, we’ve all had it pretty tough, to say the least. But if you’re like me – lucky enough to not have to battle with this dreadful virus with my only inconvenience being stuck at home – then I’m sure you’ve started a project or two. I started tearing my car to pieces in an attempt to not only repair some of its shortcomings, but to learn as well. I quickly found out that it’s very difficult to maintain momentum for such a task.
So in an attempt to help others who have found themselves doing the same thing, I thought I’d put together some ideas that have helped me take on my project. I hope these can be applied to anything you’re working on, not necessarily motoring related.
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1. Split your tasks into smaller, bitesize chunks
It can seem daunting and time consuming looking at all the work you’ve got left. I didn’t stop working, so while I wasn’t going out in the evenings, I still had an ever-growing list of things I had to do first. Getting off work at the end of the day and seeing a pile of metal I had to fix was all the persuasion I needed to put it off another 24 hours. To cure this, I split these tasks into manageable chunks. So for example, instead of ‘rebuild turbo’, I split that up into the following:
- remove turbo
- clean it up and take apart
- order new parts
That was a lot less daunting, and allowed me to chip away at it day by day.
2. Make a list
This ties into the first point, but actually writing out a list and sticking it above my workbench really helped. Not only do you then have chunks to work with, but the whole plan feels more organised and, if you’re anything like me, that will make you feel more organised.
3. Do it with friends
There’s nothing like working through a project while you crack some beers (drink responsibly) open with friends. Share news, tips, tricks, and keep yourselves going. It doesn’t feel like work, or even a project if you’re doing it with a smile on your face. I wasn’t able to get my friends over because of our lockdown rules that have come into effect, but that didn’t stop us from opening up our favourite video calling app while working on our cars individually. The one downside is your friends can’t help you when you lose the 10mm, but apart from that, there’s nothing better.
4. Watch or read about other people’s projects
If something’s going to get me in the mood to work on my car, it’s watching other people’s success when they work on theirs. While I work from home, I tend to keep an eye on restoration videos like the one I’ve linked below.
Something like that really gets me in the mood to bring a part of my car back to life. But another video I recently watched was the icing on the cake when the YouTuber Tavarish helped replace an Audi R8 engine when the owner ran out of funds due to his wife requiring cancer treatment. Can you imagine that? Being able to help someone in a time of need through something so simple?
That’s what I’ve got so far. I’m still eating my way through my project and, before you ask, it’s not anything interesting, but I’m loving it.
From Sung’s Garage to all of you, stay safe and well.