Every year, the NMRA send me a magazine to tell me about voting and the like. I don’t subscribe for the other 11 months, as the BRNMRA magazine ‘Roundhouse’ is far better (or perhaps it is just more British?) However, there was a good editorial in it by Cinthia Priest, that is worth passing on. Here are four (edited) hints to develop the self-discipline to get on with your modelling, and finish your current project:
So how do we increase our ‘self-discipline to say “no” to another locomotive purchase when we have hundreds of feet of main line to scenic?
First, learn from your mistakes (or in this case regrets.) If you suffer from “buyer’s remorse,” examine what caused you to but that diesel locomotive for your steam-era layout. “It was cool” is not (despite what my husband says) a good reason to acquire something you will probably never run.
Agree – I do have a number of regrets in my railway room. However, on bonus of our modular railroading is that it is very refreshing to have some “different” trains to run on club night other than one’s main interest.
Second, when you feel discouraged, remind yourself how much you’ve accomplished in the past.
I know I have the added problem that I’m a “starter” not a “finisher”. I find it difficult to go back to nearly complete projects. The last couple of months before the ESNG show are murder, as I’ve had enough of it by then!
Third, give yourself visual clues. If you really liked how so-and-so’s building, layout, wiring, etc. looked, gat a photo of it and put it where you can see it regularly….. It not only provides a reference for when we work, but also stimulates us to get going every time we see it.
Or have a few key magazines or books around. I’m reading Iain Rice’s ‘Creating Cameo Layouts’ at the moment, that throws up lots of ideas. Or go to an exhibition – easier here than in the USA.
Finally, write it down….. Track plans, to-do lists, inventories or shopping lists all serve as concrete reminders of the goals in hand.
Most definitely, but my lists get longer!
All good advice. Perhaps I should do just that?