There was a very valuable lesson I learned while working in my workshop today.  Sometimes it’s best to take a step back to move ahead.

About 9 months ago I started a project that’s been more difficult than I expected.  I’ve made a lot of progress on this project, but there’ve been several setbacks and many times when I’ve had to pause and learn something new before moving forward.  While I just want to get this project done so I can move on I had an epiphany today.

This is the more complex box I’ve been working on for too long.  I finished part of the bottom drawer to help me see what the finished product will eventually look like.

Pausing to re-think my strategy I smiled to myself and took a couple of steps back.  The project I was working on was pretty advanced compared to what I’ve done in the past.  I’d never attempted anything like it before and instead of starting simple I went straight to one of the more difficult projects in the book.

Today I took a step back and started on the first box in the book.  It’s not overly difficult or exciting, but it’s giving me the opportunity to practice the skills I need to finish my first project.  When all was said and done I made significantly more progress on this box today than I’ve made on the other in way more time.  The techniques I’m learning will help me greatly when it comes to making the box I’d been working on for a while.

This is the more simple box.  I’ve still got a ways to go, but outside of some sanding of a couple of tough to reach areas all it needs is glue and finish…  Earlier today this was just a block of wood.

As I’ve had that rolling around in the back of my brain all night I realized how true this is of many things in life.  How often have I started of with a grand idea a little too quickly and instead I should’ve worked my way up to it?  There are more than a couple of ways I could see this lesson helping me in the future on other projects and ideas…  and for that lesson I am very thankful.


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