Satisfaction comes from finishing projects

Published 7:00 am Thursday, April 17, 2014

There is something to be said for the feeling you get when you complete a project around the house.

It doesn’t have to be a large project. It could just involve a couple of hours out of the weekend.

Most every weekend I will accomplish a project that makes the vehicle run better, the house feel more user friendly or just makes the yard look a little nicer.

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While there are always a number of tasks at hand (they seem never ending), getting one or two actually finished provides a sense of accomplishment that makes the effort worthwhile.

Completing a project also helps boost self esteem. It is true that the process of completing the project can involve unforeseen problems that can be frustrating.

For instance, arriving home with a new kitchen faucet only to realize you are missing a tool that could make the whole process go faster. But, when the project is complete and you turn the faucet on for the first time, you forget all the minor frustrations.

Larger projects are equally rewarding. While they take more time and involve more research, they also provide a greater sense of accomplishment.

Dropping the fuel tank on a vehicle in order to install a new fuel pump can be a daunting task, especially if it is your first time to do so. Some vehicle manufacturers have designed their vehicles with an access port inside the vehicle to make this process infinitely easier. But for the owner of an older vehicle who is also a do-it-yourselfer, you will spend the better part of a day removing and reinstalling the tank. That does not include removing and installing the fuel pump.

But when you get the parts installed, the vehicle reassembled and turn the key to hear the vehicle crank up, you know you not only accomplished something that day, but saved yourself a pile of cash.