Long house repairs: project or AoF?
Last summer, a water tank burst in my house due to pressure; I wasn't in the city right then, and it took some time before they could cut the water supply, so it has caused a series of wrecks that will take some time to be solved (for example, the parquet is taking very long to get dry because of the materials of the layer bellow it seems, etc).
I first framed the whole thing as a megaproject, 'House repairs finished', comprising a series of subprojects, mostly creating systems and checklists for things to do before and after the workers come, and structuring my time so I can 'babysit' them effectively and make the process as fluid as possible.
However, the other day I thought that it would feel very good to see this whole thing as an area of focus. On one hand, I know doing such violates the rule of '20K are things that you cannot mark as done'. But, on the other hand, treating this as a project feels a bit vague sometimes, because it is not 'giving myself a game I can win', but very often something I have to go through as painlessly as possible (I can only set a very rough due date on the thing... There's not much I can do about climatic conditions, the whim of Spanish workers, my landlord's insurance company politics...)
This got me thinking that maybe I've not been flexible enough about my AoF; to put an extreme example, if one day I discovered that I had a terrible disease, dealing with it would become an AoF, even if the disease is such that I hope for the best and I'm confident that some day I'll be completely recovered. My home is under such 'disease state' right now, so to say.
However, I also wonder if all of this is psychologically safe; I mean, creating an AoF called 'house repairs' feels to me a clear way of structuring the info, but it could also be seen as 'reactive', as 'granting eternity' to the whole thing. What do you guys think, how would you handle this in your case?
Tags for this Thread