I by no means want to sell off my Jeep projects, but I am losing motivation. What would you recommend that I do to get myself psyched and started again?
David W.J. Newman Via facebook.com/JohnCappa4x4
It’s very easy to lose motivation to work on a Jeep project, especially if you have more than one under the knife at the same time. Different people have different tolerances for what constitutes a project and how many are acceptable. Personally, I’m probably the worst person to ask. I don’t usually feel the need take on multiple project vehicles at once. I quickly feel overwhelmed. There are usually only so many resources available and a limited amount of time to dedicate to Jeep projects. If you take on too many, you’ll likely never finish any of them. So my advice is to stick with one project at a time. Pick the one that is most important to you or the one you are the most excited about. Shelve the rest of them to the back forty so they will not be a distraction. Put all of your efforts into the one project until it’s complete.
Now, if you simply look at your project and you can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, don’t look at it as one huge project—break it down into many small projects. Some people do this by creating a list of things that need to be done on the project. Once the task is completed, you can cross it off the list. As you progress, the number of tasks that have been completed and crossed off will increase, which offers some encouragement to keep going.
I’m the least motivated when it comes to wiring and plumbing. These two parts of a build really slow me down. Sometimes
I’ll procrastinate for weeks to avoid them. It’s not that I can’t do them, quite honestly, I actually enjoy working on wiring and plumbing once I’m in it. I’ve found that the best way for me to tackle the wiring and plumbing is to work on little bits at a time. For example, maybe I’ll only work on it an hour or so and knock out the brake lines on an axle, wire and route long pigtails on the fuel pump, or locate and drill holes in the dash for electrical switches. Any progress, no matter how small, is progress in the right direction. Once I get going, I’ll often be more motivated to work on it longer than an hour. When I poke along like this I’m usually surprised when I realize the Jeep is no longer a project and it’s ready to be driven.