Have you ever combined efforts?
DH and I just spent a week staying with friends and helping them fix up the exterior of their house and front yard. It was planned as a working vacation, and the the four of us expended a considerable amount of energy. The scope of the project expanded once we started and determined how much could be completed. It was an amazing week -- exhausting, energizing, and so much fun.
My friends initially joked that we had planned an "intervention". And my husband chided that only I would suggest spending our vacation helping friends work on their house and enlist his help. However, over the summer I've found myself giving and receiving help from friends in accomplishing a variety of household and organizing tasks, and it has been wonderful. Having someone with you while you work on a project can provide motivation to get started and sustain the momentum. It is a way to spend time with people and prompts all kinds of conversations. This past week I discovered what it is like to work as a team with close friends, and as a result, I learned a lot about how they do things, their strengths and weaknesses. All in all, it was a very supportive and lighthearted event, and we were all pleased with the results. As a contrast to all the hard work, we cooked dinners together and relaxed in the evenings.
Anyone else have experience with combining efforts to initiate and complete projects?