This weekend I sat myself down and had a good check-in with reality.
You see, I have a tendency to be a dreamer. I have lofty goals and visions for myself, but when it comes to forming a game plan I become a bit lost. How do you get from point A to point B when all you really know is that you want to end up at point X?
So my mind, filled with the freshness of a new year, was busily churning out new ideas left and right. Handmade dresses. Knit cardigans. Furniture to organize the toys. Christmas stockings (because this is the LAST year that I want to be stockingless, and I refuse to purchase what I would love to make).
After forcing myself to write down all of my ideas, I had a measly 52 ideas. And that was before I added a “Maybe” section for patterns I was watching other knitting friends knit…
Guys, I can’t make a project a week. I have two little guys who depend on me, and being their mama is my full time job. The only way to make my dreamland a reality this year would be to ditch real life, and that just isn’t going to happen.
So here’s what I did.
I took my list and started assigning projects to each month. I considered the seasons, the work I like to do at those times, the resources I’d have available, and the free time I’d have. Wintertime is my favorite to hole up in my basement craft room and stitch away. But in the summertime I’d rather knit outside while my little ones play in the yard. I also considered projects where I had all the materials already vs. projects where I still had purchases to make and spread them out from each other.
Ultimately, what worked best for me was to pick one garment, one item, and one gift to make each month. It seems like a good blend of wardrobe building, home improvement, and thinking of others. Plus, if I finish all three in a month, I can start working on the projects for the next month and get ahead. Some spaces I left blank to allow room for future inspiration.
And lastly, I left items off the list. Not everything made the cut. Was I sad? Absolutely. But by limiting myself to what seemed reasonable, I’m going to have better focus. They are still out there on a “bonus list,” so if I have some extra time I can snag one and work on it.
Simple makes me happy.
Having a small, tidy, organized game plan gives me the confidence to move forward and know that I’m working towards my ultimate goals of having a handmade wardrobe and living in a home surrounded by handcrafted items.
What is your system for planning out projects? Do you have one? If you want to think more about goal setting and achievement, check out The Simple Show Episode 108 by Tsh Oxenreider. They had some fabulous ideas that may just change the way you approach change.