A couple of weeks ago I had a revelation. It's that I was not doing things because I always wanted everything to be perfectly planned, all tools on hand, and no obstacles or time impediments before I'd attempt a project. This was a mistake and kept me from trying things that I could do. I heard about this in the context of it being a form of ADHD and while I'd never duck responsibility for my missteps by saying, "I have undiagnosed ADHD" it does seem like I'm suffering from at least one of the symptoms.
I see this at work all the time, we spend so much time with planning and making sure all the pieces are in place that things take forever to get done. I've been begging my co-workers to cut the shit, give me a mandate, and cut me loose to start wrecking shit. But here I am 4 months after I started this job and have accomplished exactly nothing because of this need for a perfect plan before we do anything. I saw that same dynamic playing out in my personal life and knew I had to change.
When I was scrolling through the thread "New Tools Who Dis?" I saw how many of you had your tools organized and thought putting up a pegboard seemed like a good way to start pushing through this issue of needing everything to be perfect before I tried to do something. I went to Home Despot and ended up buying an 8x4 piece of pegboard. In the past, having to dick around with getting the pegboard cut (I drive a sedan) might have put me off my attempted project but no more! I did dick around at Home Despot and get the board cut. When I got home and cut it down to size I needed, I realized that my drill wasn't charged and decided that was enough for the day. It was an odd feeling of peace, knowing that the job wasn't done but it would get done the next day or the day after that because I wasn't going to let shit not being perfect stop me.
Once I got the pegboard up, some pegboard holders, and started hanging up tools I realized that I had a dozen flathead screwdrivers and exactly zero phillips head screwdrivers. It's funny cause I work in IT and one of the first things you have to do to get anything done is know what you have and the same thing applies to most of life. You have to know what you're working with before you can make any changes or improvements. But hey, I got a miniscule project done without stressing myself out over things not being perfect and figured out that it might be time for a new set of screwdrivers.
Now I'm all fired up because the pegboard was the first step on the journey to getting my tools organized and making it easier for me to do other projects in the house and on the car. Yesterday I borrowed a miter box and made a couple of brackets that I can use to hang a shelf/tiny work surface on the exposed 2x4s in our tiny storage room using this brilliant video on YouTube.
Here are some before pictures that include the pegboard and my janky tools. The plan is to clean out the room during the day today between meetings, hang the brackets, and figure out what else I'm going to have to do to get things like I want them.
I was inspired by seeing your workspaces and hearing y'all talk about your journeys in fixing things. Having a place where I can get feedback on ideas, encouragement when things aren't going right, and helpful advice is an invaluable asset. Thanks to you all for sharing you failures, struggles, and successes.