By Caroline Bujold
This past week, my husband and his friend Dave Clark left on an adventure that will take them from Vancouver to Halifax in about 12 days. Only one of their crazy projects.
Canada 5000 Rally Against Alzheimer has officially started on June 12, with Dave and Dave at the wheel of a 1967 Volvo 122S (Amazon); a DIY restoration that is worth the story in itself. They plan to cover 5,000 miles (8,000 km) by navigating Canada’s back roads.
They also want to raise awareness towards Alzheimer’s disease by fundraising $50,000, $10 for every mile driven.
They’ve been working hard in the past months to get this done. Although I don’t recommend their entire process, there is definitely merit to the madness. Here is a little bit about how it went.
- Have a crazy, fun idea about replicating one of the longest and most difficult car rally North America has ever known.
- Find a vintage car for the trip and decide on a personal cause to sponsor with the project, to make it even better.
- Assign a hard deadline to the project and prepare a detailed plan.
- Make it impossible to back down, by announcing the whole thing to the world, sponsors, family and friends, etc.
- Ignore some of the plan, have your deadlines pushed by unforeseen events and procrastinate a bit (or a lot), because, you know … life, and it’s still ways away.
- Look at your plan and the car and realize the deadline is upon you.
- Roll up your sleeves and get to work, like almost 24/7, with help because you can now tell you won’t make your deadline.
- Enter panic mode and loose your mind for a few terrifying hours at a time.
- Take a couple deep breaths and complete all the essentials in the eleventh hour, pulling at least one all-nighter.
- Let go of all the rest, cross your fingers that all will be well and go on your adventure while enjoying it as much as possible.
Joke aside; it’s often how things get done. Most people can’t seem to get moving forward with projects unless there is a deadline attached to them.
So if you love your projects and want to complete them, put a date on it and announce it to the world.
How much procrastination and panic you infuse in the process is all on you though.