Some home improvement projects need more than a little Nike-like, “just do it” encouragement. “I’ll Get Around to It!” is a great article on that examines why we procrastinate and why delaying daunting tasks only makes them harder. It also gives some useful techniques to enable you to tackle new projects without hesitation.

One tip, for instance, is one that I can relate to: Avoid perfection. “Perfection is essential when it comes to building a space shuttle,” the article says, “but not so much when painting your bedroom. If you’re a bit of a perfectionist it’s probably affecting your ability to start a project. Learn to ease up on yourself. Perfection in home improvement is a relatively unachievable goal, so don’t convince yourself otherwise.”

Point well taken. I guess I shouldn’t obsess over getting the painter’s tape just right.