Since I can't get everything done, I've had to prioritize both what is most important to me for livability, and what would have extra benefit if I completed it sooner. The stairs were key for me, so instead of waiting till sometime next year that I could do them myself, I hired Vince to make them, and as an added bonus he made them much nicer than I would have ever bothered to.
I planted three trees--cherry, apple, and plum--because planting a year sooner means eating a year sooner. I must add that I had impeccable timing. I got the last one planted the day before the crazy rains started so the trees had a very good and wet first few weeks of life.
The wood stove, of course, was essential. My friend's ex husband is in that line of work and so so kindly, got me the stove and most of the stovepipe for free and installed it for me. Likewise, the solar panel was installed on my shed roof at a fine angle for summer but one that would have resulted in me not having electricity this winter (I'm running on 140 watts and I have a fridge). On the other hand, the shade structure was simply something that I had wanted to build for two and a half years and so I did. It's a beautiful place to lay and watch stars.
There's of course a seasonal aspect to choosing work. Some stuff like pouring cement for the shade structure can't happen in the winter. I want running water in my kitchen, but running flexible copper pipe on my ceiling (it will look cool) to there from the bathroom can happen when there's four feet of snow outside. So can framing in the bedroom for the baby, as well as a million other things that creep onto my list everyday.
For now, it's nice to have a cozy home, remembering that there is infinite time. And an infinite list.