Okay, if you're old enough to know who Carly Simon is, you'll get the title reference - with a minor change!
It seems like the more I have to do, the more I procrastinate. Pattern instructions to type up - I think I should do some baking. A project just needs to be quilted - I think I'll watch the next chapter in that Craftsy course I started. Blog posts to do - well, I think you can see where I'm going with this.
|I have at least 3 dozen of these pumpkin cranberry |
muffins in the freezer - not that I'm avoiding work at all.
I'm also one of those quilters who has several projects on the go at any one time.
I admire quilters who can start one project and see it through to completion before starting the next quilt, but I don't think I'll ever be one of them. UFO's are the standard, not the exception, in my studio.
|A few of my projects in the works|
|Teeka inspecting some of my UFO's|
|Winter patchwork and stitchery pattern partially completed|
- Make a list of patterns that are pending.
- Determine what remains to be done for each pattern.
- Determine the appropriate time to publish these patterns. Ex. Christmas patterns should be released in the early fall.
- Start to work on the patterns that I want to release next.
I also find that I'm easily distracted by new design inspirations. I feel that I must work on this new idea immediately or I'll forget about it. Dropping what I'm currently working on - and may be almost finished - to focus on a new idea isn't very productive. I'm now writing down any information about the new idea and then putting it in a file folder where I can refer to it in the future - after I've completed the existing project.
|New idea folders|
I now have a plan - and can hopefully stick to it. I also need to limit disruptions and distractions, so am not checking my emails as frequently and am trying (!) to minimize my Facebook reading. Boy, do I find that difficult to do.
So, if you don't hear from me or are wondering why I'm not commenting as much as usual, you can assume that I'm quilting or working on patterns. At least I'd better be...
If you have any hints for avoiding procrastination and focussing on one project at a time, I'd love to hear them.