The Helper
July 31, 2018
August 14, 2018

The ant is one of the smallest creatures on earth. Their bodies are not built for carrying food. Ants survive by building up their storehouse of food day by day. They build up their supplies (food) to prepare for the harsh winters. Because of their body size, ants work in groups to collect their food. Their tasks are specialized according to their size (large ants cut stalks while the small ants carry food).

Ants build and build and build their storehouse of food. The task of getting the food is enormous because of their small bodies, but it becomes easier when the task of getting food is achieved daily. An ant cannot store up a winter’s worth of food in one day of work. Similarly, your plan, for the most part, will not be achieved in one day. Building is a process; it takes time to build. A builder cannot build a 3,000-sq.-ft. home in one day. There is a systematic process to construct that home. The steps below simulate building a 3,000-sq.-ft. home. The purpose of this is to show the amount of time and tasks required to achieve this goal. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.


✦ Prep the site


✦ Measure the square footage ✦ Prepare for foundation


✦ Construct framing


✦ Install windows, doors and siding


✦ Install electrical, plumbing and drywall


✦ Complete surfacing of the bathrooms and kitchen ✦ Install heating and air-conditioning units


✦ Connect the water main and sewer to the house


These are some of the steps in building a house. Each of these tasks has its own separate timeline to achieve completion. Some tasks cannot start because they are dependent on other tasks. For example, installing drywall cannot be achieved if there is no framing. The framing holds the drywall. Completing the kitchen and bathrooms will be useless without electrical or plumbing.

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