Hardware stores are my excuse.

A picture rail is a smart device because you can hang paintings on it to an adjustable height and place with any string that supports the weight of the painting. And the best thing is that you don’t need to drill any holes into the wall, so moving and replacing art is a breeze.

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My picture rail gathered dust in a closet for three years. During that time, I even moved to a new apartment.

That rail just didn’t find itself in its intended place. It said on the instructions that I should install it on the wall close to the ceiling. Whoa. Didn’t come to think of that.

It turns out that my problem is not unique.

I cannot start because I would need to first go to the hardware store. To buy tools, that is. I would have to buy a new ladder, some special screws and of course worker pants, which could hold all the other tools I thought I might need as well.

When you stop to think about the problem a bit more closely, the solution is evident.

Finally, after years of procrastination, I finally got up on the kitchen stool and broke a little sweat by screwing in that rail by hand. It only took me 7 minutes, and I bet nobody would even notice the difference. Maybe it’s not about the tools after all?

Maybe it’s just hard to get started, and the hardware store is my excuse. So what’s yours?

Tools, methods, processes, and solutions come and go. Excuses are available in abundance.

The most important thing is that you get results and the only way there is to start. So. Shall we?

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