Actual Progress vs. Perceived Progress
Yeah, OK. You may know you're making crazy progress on your home improvement project, but a lot of times you're the only one that can see it, and your wife/girlfriend/significant other just thinks you're a procrastinating sack of shit who is getting nothing done and ruining her life. You have 4 ways of dealing with this.
1. Shut them down: Tell your accuser, "Buzz off - It'll get done if you quit your bellyaching." Bad idea. I don't recommend this unless you feel like having no sex for a month.
2. Take them to a safe island: Pretend you're a grown man and muster some patience. Walk them through it one more time explaining the process (again) and what the target dates are for each stage (again). Get a shoebox and make a diorama like in 3rd grade. Use Lego people and cream cheese for plaster.
3. Give the appearance of progress: This sounds like a joke but it's not. It's something that subcontractors do for contractors, contractors do for developers, etc. it's not a bad thing. This doesn't mean that you craft a fake world in which your life is a pathetic charade of phony progress. I'm saying sometimes you have to drop what you're doing and go start something else just to make someone else see with their own eyes that things are getting done.
4. Get Freaky: Make up an excuse that has nothing to do with construction, and find a way to tie it in with shaving your entire body and receiving "powerful instructions" from the jackal-headed God, Anubis. You will be left alone for the remainder of the project.