My quilting log book is one of my best motivational tools. Motivational? Really?
At first glance, my quilting log book looks like an organization tool. It is a just a three ring binder filled with lined note paper in which I note everything I accomplish each day in my sewing studio. The types of things I note typically include:
- The name of the current project
- What I did on that project
- Measurements or calculations made relating to that project
- Block assembly diagrams
- Pressing diagrams
- Problems encountered and solved
- Activity towards the next projects – cutting, pressing, washing fabrics, kitting
- Cleaning machines
- Oiling machines
- Making work-flow adjustments that make production even better
- Changing needles
- Testing new tools and attachments
- Vacuuming my floors (Yes! Even this!)
- Wiping down the counters
- Tidying one of the cupboards
- Reviewing my UFO cupboard
- Folding and fondling my stash
- Ordering new supplies when needed
- What I learned
- Any Professional Development – reading or research work
When I list all of those things, it really does sound like an organization tool or at least a memory aid. So why do I consider it to be effective motivation?
This logbook stays open on my counter with pen handy. I note absolutely everything I accomplish. I can see at a glance what I have completed and can see equally well when I have not done anything notable. It is a good reality check to gauge my progress. When I see the page empty, I feel the desire to write something on it. So I get busy and get something done. The more accomplishments I write down, the more I want to add to the list. Success breeds success!
This simple, unassuming log book has been the most motivating tool I have used to keep myself working towards completion of my projects, WIPs and UFOs. Anything that keeps me focused and productive is a wonderful addition to my sewing room and deserves its high-profile spot on my work counter.
“The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started.” – Mark Twain
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier