What do you do after wrapping up a major project, commission or assignment? I have a ritual that serves me well.
An enormous project, a long and hard commission, or just finally completing something that’s been the all-consuming task for an extended period, woodworkers (and others, surely) look at wrapping up in various ways. For me, I do a number of things but tend to adhere to a frequent routine.
The first thing I do is catch up on my life. This means emails and phone calls I’ve neglected to address, shopping and supplies I’ve put off getting, maybe even taking and hour or two to delve into a book or TV show that’s been tossed by the wayside while I was so busy.
After that, it’s putting the shop – and in many cases my office and desk – back in order. Most importantly, this gets me ready for the next task but it also unclutters and cleans things up from the last one. Some projects are so involved that my workspace becomes a disaster area, and this when I address that.
Unless I have something pressing that needs to be started immediately, I take some downtime. This helps me plan out what’s coming next, get things in order mentally, and basically recharge my batteries a bit. A dinner out and maybe even a movie are incredibly rewarding and enjoyable at this time.
Finally, it’s hitting the cosmic reset button on my woodshop life. Relaxed, clear-headed and ready to go again, getting my shop and office ready for the “next big thing” is the perfect way to transition into whatever task lies ahead.