So, I had the urge to start a cross stitch project for each of my kids… I love cross stitch, but I forgot how time consuming it is and how LONG it takes to see results. My biggest flaw with being creative is that I get bored if things don’t take shape quickly enough! Yes, I am fickle! I started the panada bears for my son and I think he will graduate high school before I am finished (he is in grade 4 now). I also promised a cross stitch to each of my girls and those I haven’t even started with yet! This is on top of the quilts I wanted to do for each of their rooms, as well as the quilts I wanted to complete for our trailer (no more sleeping bags!!!). I also started a quilted bag I was going to use as my doula bag and now I have been bitten my the crochet bug again and started crocheting a wrap for myself (you should see the pattern – it is quite lovely!). Having too many projects overwhelms me and then essentially I do nothing but waste time on Pintrest pinning more projects I will either never start, or never finish!
AND I am considering doing another NANOWRIMO project this November! Even thought my 1st NaNO draft is done, it is still not edited or finished completely! I am insane.
So how do I prioritize projects? None of them are for sale, or NEEDED items. They are wants.
A lot of people “schedule” their day. From ___ to ___ I will do ___. For example… From 9:00am to 11:00am I will crochet. It’s like a job. You work out your hours and do them just as if you were going to punch a clock at work. I currently do this with my “jobs”. The majority of my income is made from working at home , my Storytime Coordinator for the library, my blogging and doula work. I schedule my hours as if it is an “outside the home” job and clock in and out each day. So far this works well for my work hours although I will admit it is a new concept for me.
I don’t think a schedule will work for my FUN/CREATIVE time though. My day will end up too scheduled I will just get in the groove of a project and then have to move on, and I will likely be crazy in a week and a half! Plus – I have a life above my work and play! The family expect a certain amount of my time too!
I think what I am going to have to do is make a list of what I want to get accomplished and just start at the top and work my way down. I don’t know what it is about lists that help me focus my attention enough to get things finished, but it works. So that is where I will start. Here is my list…
1) R&J’s table runner (I should do this first as it is for SOMEONE)
2) Crochet Wrap (this is 2nd because I can probably accomplish it quickly)
3) Repair my Great Grandmother’s Quilt
4) Fairy Quilt (was for my youngest daughter)
5) Panda Cross stitch
6) Quilted Doula bag
7) Dr Seuss Quilt for my son
8) Oldest daughter’s quilt
9) Dolphin Cross Stitch
10) Leopard Cross stitch
11) Other Random Projects
Wow… that is quite the list already.
I wonder if I can start planning a new novel and then write it for NaNoWriMo while accomplishing this list…
Wish me luck!
What’s on your to do list?