Since the DUCJC ended I have actually worked on three of the pieces. Trick and Treat has continued to be my bathtime focus piece, one length of thread per evening. On the Beach is my OAAT piece so I can finish it for my cousin's baby. And the Hallowe'en Blocks are one a month, mostly on a Sunday.
Measi also sets discussion topics for each month:
How do you overcome that feeling that you’re in a rut with a particular project?
On the Beach is actually a good piece to illustrate this. The lighthouse is blocks of plain colour. Not very exciting, just /// and \\\ like a typewriter. So to keep me motivated I have been stitching one block of it and then a little motif along the bottom.
I find rotation is the key to not getting in a rut in the first place. If you have like I do, a large focus project, a small or two and a monthly target there will always be something from your Goal List you can stitch on and not feel you are "cheating"! I personally don't like stitching long repetitive borders so find the one thread of border followed by one thread of something more interesting works for me!