It’s true. I am afflicted by Bright Shiny Object Syndrome.
My kids used to try walk between me and the displays at the store so I wouldn’t be distracted!
Remember, my word for the year is FOCUS? The Professional Quilter Newsletter arrived in my in-box this morning and I swear that Morna was writing this article for me!
As I formulate my list of to-dos for market in May, I see that there are three teaching engagements, a trip to the East Coast, two kids graduating (High School and College) and at least six projects that have to happen before I can get in the car to drive to Kansas City on May 16th. Holy Cow!
Making a list is key and a great organizational tool that my friend Susan Nelson shared with me is what she calls a T&A. Tasks and Activities, just to be clear :-). It’s a wonderful chart that lists all of the quilt projects that need to be organized – fabrics chosen, quilts made, quilted and bound, and photographed. Patterns to be written, tested, printed and pattern covers to be designed. I live by it.
The other thing that has helped me stay on track – believe it or not – is taking up knitting! Don’t worry, I’m not crossing over! My BFF Jenni opened a cute little yarn shop last fall. Now the only time I get to see her is if I take a class or hang out at open knitting. Anyway, what I discovered is that knitting feeds my creative soul. It is not work or work related (you know – the QUILT stuff!). It’s something I look forward to doing after the studio closes down. It gives me a reason to switch gears at the end of the day. It has actually helped me FOCUS on what I need to get done. I’m making my first sweater! Who knew?