Passing the Time During Time Consuming Projects

It seemed innocent enough when I first made the decision to stencil my entire living room. It will look so beautiful and the wallpaper effect will be breathtaking! While that's true, what I didn't consider is just how long it would take to stencil all four walls. Forever!

Now, I'm no novice when it comes to labor intensive projects. From stenciling my entryway to rope wrapping bar stools, I love nothing better than getting my hands dirty on a fun DIY. This latest project, stenciling all four walls in my living room, will definitely be more than a weekend project though. In fact, over the past two weeks I've managed to only finish 3/4 of one wall. At this rate I should be done by ... maybe Christmas?

The thing I love about a DIY project is that it's a great opportunity to shut off my brain and work with my hands. The only problem is that I'm not very good at shutting off my brain. My solution? National Public Radio. Listening to informative and entertaining programming gives my brain something to focus on while my eyes and hands are busy creating wall decor. Last night, for instance, I completed two entire rows of pattern while listening to President Obama's speech. I've also been known to use old time radio shows to distract my brain from boredom while pulling off a time consuming task. They're not quite as informative (well, actually, they are a bit of a history lesson) but a few episodes of Burns and Allen can get me through just about any mind-numbing task.

What are your tricks for pulling off time consuming tasks?

Image: Jason Loper

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