Well, I’m ready!
This is a big week! I begin working on a project that is very important for a number of reasons and has run into obstacle after obstacle for the past three (YIKES!) years! I have put myself in a financial position that will allow me to treat this project as if it is a full time job. Of course, finances will be very tight, but ultimately I believe it will be worth it. I have produced a work schedule and have either weekly or bimonthly goals, depending on the aspect of the project being focused on, and plan on working for forty hours each week on it. As each goal is reached, that week ‘s (or two) of work will be submitted for review. Ultimately, the whole thing should be finished and ready to go sometime in October. Actually, the whole thing will be sent in for review by the end of September, but it will take time for it to be reviewed – and then there might be final revisions needed.
With all of these preparations, you would think that I have this thing all figured out . . . but here is the thing . . . while I have managed to eliminate many of the things that have interfered with my ability to work on and complete this project, there is one thing that I have not been able to remove. What could that be, you ask? Frankly, it is the demands of family. In the past, I have tried very hard to make sure that the needs of family are met while putting boundaries in place. Things like saying, “Ok, I can help you do ________ until noon, and then I need to work on my revisions.” This has proven to be ineffective because that deadline is not respected and I have been a wimp and not enforced it.
So, here is where I need the help. Anything that anyone out there can do to help me to be firm in my resolve to work on this project for forty hours a week and not allow family demands to step all over my goal would be greatly appreciated. I find it difficult to set these kinds of boundaries (which is funny, because I am quite good at it in other situations!). It is my hope that my family will respect my need to complete this project – but I also need to be prepared if they do not. The fact is, this is pretty much the last chance I will be given to finish this – if I don’t manage to stick to this last schedule – well, you get the idea.
Keep me in your thoughts and prayers over the next few months and I will most likely keep you posted (after all, how can I not blog about this if that is my main focus!).