Once Again Too Many Projects

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)

table runner made from Alaskan flag

table runner made from Alaskan flag

2) Crochet Wrap (this is 2nd because I can probably accomplish it quickly)

Crochet wrap

Crochet wrap

3) Repair my Great Grandmother’s Quilt

See the holes a quilt my great-grandmother made?  I need to repair it

See the holes a quilt my great grandmother made? I need to repair it

4) Fairy Quilt (was for my youngest daughter)

I started this quilt ages ago!  By the time I get it done my daughter will have outgrown it!

I started this quilt ages ago! By the time I get it done my daughter will have outgrown it!

5) Panda Cross stitch

I love cross stitch... just so time-consuming!

I love cross stitch… just so time consuming!

6) Quilted Doula bag

Found this pattern at Wal-Mart.  Should be an easy project

Found this pattern at Walmart. Should be an easy project

7) Dr Seuss Quilt for my son

The good news is my son isn't likely to out grow this quilt anytime soon!

The good news is my son isn’t likely to out grow this quilt anytime soon!

8) Oldest daughter’s quilt

Not even started

Not even started

9) Dolphin Cross Stitch
10) Leopard Cross stitch

I probably bought this book in the 90's!

I probably bought this book in the 90’s!

11) Other Random Projects

Too many to count!  And I want to do them all.

Too many to count! And I want to do them all.

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?

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What are you thinking?