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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Managing My Time

My husband and I live in a pretty standard suburban neighborhood where most of the homes were built 20 to 25 years ago.  There is a mix of couples our age, where the kids are all grown as well as families with kids still at home.  We have met most of our surrounding neighbors, and everyone seems to be in their own little world where they are busy with work and family and have little time outside of that. So while we may know each others' names, there has never been much socializing or getting acquainted beyond a superficial level.  That is with the exception of one man a few houses away from us who is known to everyone because he is the all around general handyman/remodeling guy/electrician for everyone, or at least he tries to be.  I will call him Bob (not his real name).

Once we saw his advertisement in the community newsletter my husband called him over to do some minor electrical work for us. A few minutes after he was called he showed up at our door and after he learned what we wanted done, he proceeded to explain to us how he was going to do the job, in great and painstaking detail. After repeatedly going over everything, he finally left about 4 hours later to get his tools and do the work. There was something about the guy that rubbed me the wrong way right off the bat.  But then I rationalized that I have never liked someone who could not shut up and yammered on and repeated himself over and over.

Anyway, Bob and dear hubby hit it off and before I knew it he was hiring the guy to do a huge remodeling job for us of adding a bathroom in our basement.  Not only that, but hubby gave him a key to our home so Bob could come and go at will...without consulting me first!  The original agreement was that he would complete the job in one month.  So every day he would show up sometime between eight a.m. and noon, using his key to let himself in.  He would be in the basement working, but would come upstairs frequently to explain to me again, in interminable detail, every step he was going to do. Because I work at home, I did not appreciate these frequent interruptions, to say the least!  And he also had the annoying habit of coming upstairs right at mealtime and if hubby was home, he would always invite to join us.  That was difficult if I didn't have time to plan ahead. Most of the time he would not leave until at least eight or 10 p.m.  But at least he didn't charge us by the hour!

But to make a long story short, Bob had told us the job would be done in a month, which would have been right before Thanksgiving when it was completed.  So guess what?  Thanksgiving came and went and the job was a long way from done. The next thing he said was that it would be done by Christmas, but Christmas came and went and he was maybe halfway through.  By that time I was getting pretty weary of the constant disruption to my days.  He did finally complete the job by mid February.

What is my point to all this and how does it apply to my craft business?  Well, in spite of all the annoyance and aggravation, the finished product was quite gorgeous.  We now have a beautiful extra bathroom to show for it.  So while I can barely tolerate Bob, what I learned from him was that taking your time and not getting in a rush, in fact maybe even being a bit of a perfectionist, can be a good thing. I now realize that sometimes I tend to get in a hurry to see the finished product, but if I slow down and think through each step, my finished product will have a much better result.

My husband and Bob have become good friends, and that's okay, as long as he doesn't do any more work inside our house!  But I do appreciate the lesson he has taught me to slow down and be more meticulous in my work.

Here are some of my newest beads which I have been working on.  The process for making these is a little more time consuming, but well worth the effort.  I love the fuzzy, multicolored look of them and think they are rather unique.  What projects have you been working on lately?