By Candis Meredith
While Andy and I are by no means house flippers, and we do our restoration projects for love more than money, I’d like to say that we’re pretty successful restorationists. We do great work with beautiful results. We help people see the worth in old houses, and, through our show, we might even inspire people to do some of their own DIY renovations and restorations. Of course, we also do make some money when we sell our renovated homes. So, what do we do every day that helps us stay motivated, keep working, and continue to build our restoration business? Here are a few habits we’ve both been working on over the past few years that have really helped us grow our business without losing our minds.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
I know what you’re thinking. “She has seven kids! How does she get any sleep at all?” I’ll admit, this one can be a real challenge, which is why I put it first. Andy and I have been known to work well into the wee hours of the morning on our restoration projects, just to get up and do it all again early the next day. When we’re pressed for a deadline, or we’re really excited about a project, we do have trouble putting the hammers down at the end of the day and calling it quits until morning, but we’ve been working on this one a lot lately because it’s important for us, our kids, and our business.
When they’re not at school, our boys love working with us on our renovation projects, and all that hard work makes it easy for them to fall asleep at night. It’s easy for us, too, when we remember to actually go to bed. And the thing is, if you make yourself stop working and get a good night’s sleep, you’re going to avoid burning out or making silly mistakes because you’re so tired. When you wake up refreshed every morning, you’ll always be ready to take on whatever your restoration has to throw at you.
Create a Regular Schedule and Stick to It
If you want to get a renovation project done well and on time, you need to have some structure. If you want to keep finding and buying houses to renovate as you grow your business, you need even more structure. Creating a schedule for your work and then scheduling the jobs in your renovation into your calendar will help a lot. Work in times when you’re going to be on site painting, laying floors, or tearing out walls, and budget time for finding new projects and researching different renovations, too.
Stick to your schedule, and you’ll have a good map of what you have to do and a clear idea of where you’re going. You’re less likely to get overwhelmed when you see all the work you have ahead of you on each of your renovations, too.
Ask Yourself One Important Question at the End of Each Day
I love this bit of advice I read in Entrepreneur. “Every night before bed, I think about this question: If I live every day the same way I did today, what kind of future would that create?” Asking this question at the end of the day makes you evaluate where you are, what you’re doing, and how the things you do every day affect your future. It’s a great way to check your progress and see where you’re headed while you plan subtle changes to put yourself on the right path.
These habits have definitely helped me and Andy, and I hope they can help you, too!