1. You can't really do much work on a boat without getting your hands really dirty
2. Nothing is too hard or complicated. You just need to get on with it
There's also more advice I can give such us: you need to have the right tools (or at least borrow them). You need to know more or less what you're doing and how you're going to do it. I have often put off doing some repair because I could not decide upon the method I should use. If you cant decide based on the pros and cons of each method, then just do it the easier way :)
Anyway, it's been a very productive 6 consecutive days on the boat. I realised that if I'm going to get things done in time for some summer sailing I need to get on with it and spend more time on the boat and that's exactly what I did.
I've now managed to repair most of the woodwork (deck & interiors), at least the areas that I was mostly concerned about.