31 Days of Finishing – Day 2: Buying Hubcaps Without Driving Yourself Crazy

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Day 2 – Find 3 friends that match this hubcap or get 4 new ones?

“Oh, hello; where have you gone?” I said two October’s ago when looking at my car.

A hubcap was missing. Oh, bother! Well at least it was only one. But within the month two more went missing. I don’t know if they fell off from old age or someone nicked them. All I know is that I didn’t hit a curb and crunch them off.

Obviously “Get 3 hubcaps” has been on my To-Do list. And just as obviously since three of my tires are still woefully bald, I haven’t done anything about it – until tonight’s 31 minutes.

But before I tell you the outcome, let me tell you the how come I’ve procrastinated on this task. The short answer is I drove myself c-r-a-z-y with my “what ifs” and tinge of fear.

  • What if I get asked a question I can’t answer or don’t understand?
  • What if this task tasks up too much time?
  • What if they are too expensive and yet I’ve put in all this time to figure out what I need, should I buy them anyway to justify the time spent?
  • What if I make a mistake and buy something poorly made? The wrong size? Or I get ripped off?

These are just SOME of the questions that ping around my mind when I let myself  get started on the fear track.

But for tonight’s 31 minutes, I didn’t fret first. I investigated first. I opened up Amazon and typed in “Hubcaps Mazda Protege.” A full-page of desirable items came up.

SURPRISE #1  – the price was cheaper than I thought. They ranged from $20-$30 for FOUR, not for each one. I know how to read the customers’ reviews to select something suitable. So far so good.

SURPRISE # 2 –  (and not obstacle #1 – it really is about keeping a positive attitude at this point) – They come in 14″, 15″ or 16″ sizes. Undeterred I grabbed my yellow, cloth, sewing measuring tape and my camera. I took a photo of the lone hubcab to compare to the photos on Amazon. Then I measured the diameter of the hubcap = 15″.

A friend came by and said I should read the number on the tire; it said 14.

Question – do I get the 14″ or 15″? (I asked myself with a hint of frustration and fear).

I texted another friend and she said to go with the rim size. Is that the number on the tire? Oh, I have a headache and my 31 minutes is just about up.

With a minute left to decide, I decided to ask at the tire store tomorrow. I need to have my tires rotated sometime this month and might as well do it tomorrow. And while there I can ask about hubcap sizes and then buy them on Amazon.

Of course, I now have to put “Get Tires Rotated” on the to-do list. I had actually forgotten about doing that until tonight. I wonder how many other things I will discover that I have forgotten?

Oh, one reason it took nearly 31 minutes to do this one thing is because I got distracted.  I also looked at seat covers (Day 5’s to-do).

Moral of the story? When starting a project that brings up LOTS of questions and even some fear, (1) Don’t fret. (2) Investigate. (3) Ask a friend or two for advice and/or help. (4) Ask a professional once you kinda know what you are talking about. (5) Having the proper tools to get info is a must as well. In this case it was my laptop, camera, phone (for texting), and a measuring tape.

This story is … To Be Continued …

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for Day Three: Batch Tasks To Get More Done on Your To-Do List . . . . Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • What did you do with your 31 minutes today?
  • Are there things stuck on your to-do list because dealing with them will bring out the monsters of “What if?” and “Fear”?
  • What car to-do are you currently dealing with?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Samantha McGowan  |  . at .

    Such a great topic, Susan!! And this post, particularly, was hilarious! Congrats for committing to such a hard goal for an entire month. Would you want to clean my room for one of them? 😉


  • 2. hopecarrart  |  . at .

    Oh my gosh! Talking about things like tires and insurance is worse than trying to communicate in Japanese! I LOVE that you are blogging about the things you have to finish. I might get something done once in a while if I were expected to write about it. I have enjoyed reading your list of things you have done and smiled at so many! We also read some of the same authors! Anne Lamott is one of my favorites.


  • 3. Jennifer Lambert  |  . at .

    Interesting topic! I dread the having to change the tires to winter ones next month. I’ve never lived anywhere that I have to do that!



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