A coupe of days ago I reviewed the process and progress made when I set goals for 2008. There was just enough success that I think I will continue with the general idea. We will track my progress in 2009 together. Aren't you the lucky ones!
Last year I posted about the difference between resolutions and goals and how a long-term target is achieved by setting specific goals. The resolution - or target - from last year is still valid: "To develop my design and hand embellishment skills." This year I will add " and explore new techniques."
This year I will continue to explore and develop. But I think I will try a different approach to the goal setting. This year I will use the 6-week review more like a To Do list. I will set a task list for each 6-week period and then review that list and add or subtract items as appropriate for the time and where I am in my life.
I've chosen to use Focus areas as a change in the process as well. This does not mean that I will be doing only Focus work, but that when I am deciding on a direction - or a new project - the Focus area will be looked at first.
I seem to have a short attention span and am easily distracted. By breaking the year down into 6-week periods, I can better stay on track. And I've selected three Focus areas to allow for distractions. I hope.
The three Focus areas are (drumroll, please):
Dolls, Quilts, and Embroidery.
Here is my task list for the period January 2 through February 13:
- Make a box for my 2008 daily planner.
- Continue working on Take It Further pieces and bind them all into a fabric book.
- Take part in Valentine swap on Stitchin Fingers cloth doll group
- Finish one or more UFOs (also for Stitchin Fingers)
- Prepare for and begin the Stitch Explorer challenge on PinTangle.
- Begin working on Flapette
I like to point out that this list was originally somewhat longer (and has been through about five editions!). Why do I get carried away like that? So I'm adding a new "rule." There can be no more than six items on the list. We're talking six weeks, people! There's only so many hours in a day!
And we're off!