A New Year With New Goals!
|January 2, 2014||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
I rarely set ‘resolutions’ per say. No weight loss or diet grandiose dreams (if it happens, it happens), no self improvement aspirations, and no deadlines set for things I can’t control. I just don’t do it-why set yourself up for failure right?
What I do set are crafting goals. If I don’t achieve them, it’s no big deal, it’s just an end point to strive towards.
My normal goal is to do 150 projects a year (cooking doesn’t count unless it’s super fancy cookies or something). This past year I didn’t keep as good of track as I normally do, but I think I was at 82 projects. Many of those were socks, some embroidery, not many cards, and a ton of miscellaneous things. 82 is still not a bad number, especially when I made 7 completed pairs of socks (and the starts of two more).
So this year I am setting the following goals:
My goal will be 150 projects. These can be anything I decide them to be, though normally not counting cooking. Cards I count as 1 each, some things I make as a set I will count as 1 (just depends on what it is). If there are multiple steps to a project, sometimes I will count them separately-dying yarn is a project, so is the finished item made from that yarn.
Keep Better Records
I under utilize technology all the time. I constantly have a device or two or three at my fingertips. My phone is constantly present, my iPad normally is, and most times there’s a computer to be had as well. I need to keep better records of my finished objects-both in what they were and how they were done. I also want to keep Ravelry updated as it seems yarn crafting is mostly what I do anymore. I have three projects currently I need to add to Ravelry. (My username is ladyameliarose if you would like to be friends on that site.)
Dedicated Crafting Time
Part of my problem is that I am so busy all the time that the things I really like doing get pushed to the side. Some days when I don’t get home until 7 or 8 I don’t want to do anything but sit on the couch until I begrudgingly get in bed just to start another day in the same manner. So this year I have set aside 11 days (the third Saturday of each month) to do crafts. This will be papercrafts for the most part. I invited 10 people who may or may not come, but there’s an open invitation to come to my house and use my supplies. I even made a handy calendar to print out and stick on the fridge! So 10 days of random crafting, and the final day in December will be my annual Christmas Card party. It will be fun!
I spend a lot of my time looking for supplies. My yarn is all in red fabric bins, but there is very little organization to it, so often if I need a specific yarn I have to search in 6 different places to find it. I need to arrange them either by project or yarn weight (i.e. shawls, fingering weight, etc.). The back bedroom is..well..embarassing right now. My chaos normally has some semblance of order meaning I can at least find what I am looking for. That stopped being true for that room about two months ago. I need to get rid of things I am never going to use and find a better way to organize what I do use. The papercrafting supplies are pretty organized already, but with the label maker I got for Christmas I can now label the drawers and boxes to make things even easier to find!
So those are my goals for this year. Does anyone else do anything similar to this for the new year?