So as luck would have it, I do not have photos of my first three completed projects in 2011. They were baby quilts made for our guild’s outreach project. They were simple panels that I quilted and bound. The significance of these three projects was that I did the charity projects first and declared that I was done for the year. I actually did do more later, but verbalizing my boundaries on doing charity quilts was a big step towards creating time to work on my own projects. I keep a running total of all projects I complete – a Finished Quilt Log. Last year, I analyzed the ratio of quilts that I had completed for my own goals – i.e. Christmas gifts, wedding gifts, baby gifts, my own use at home vs quilts I made for outreach projects, raffles, quilting tops for friends, etc. and realized that I completed twice as many projects for others as I did for myself. Hmmm… Could this be part of the reason why my own projects don’t get finished? Could this be why my personal pile of unfinished projects keeps growing? I am, like most quilters, generous by nature and don’t want to say no to requests for help, especially when the project is charitable and for such a good cause. However, this year, I decided that completing my own projects would take a higher priority than charity quilts. So finishing those three quilts during the first week of January made it much easier to feel I had done my share for the community outreach project and allowed me to refrain from volunteering for additional charity quilting projects for at least six months!
Take away lesson:
Consciously setting and articulating my goals is critical to achieving those goals. Focusing my time and effort on my goals is the only way to reach my target.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Yogi Berra
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.” Mark Victor Hanson