Many of you commented how do I get so much done......well from where I sit, I don't see it that way. I see too many irons in the fire and a Jack of All Trades and Master of None and a myriad of WIP's of all nature.
I decided to pass along a couple of tips that help me and may help you. First up, I am most productive when I use a timer. Yes, a timer, I have one from Pampered Chef that I can clip to my shirt collar and I am off. The thing with me is that once I go down that rabbit hole of working on a project, I could be lost for a day. And then the things I need to do like grocery shop, gas up the car, or laundry don't get done and contribute to the following week being not so nice. On productive weekends, I usually think of the things I need to accomplish over my first or third cup of coffee and then I decide the best way to get it all done. It is always a time and motion study. Clean kitchen and bath while the clothes wash, then stitch while the clothes dry, or I may walk on the treadmill while they dry. Of course I parse out the time for good things too like reading, stitching, etc. If I do not manage my time like this, I think I could live like the cat woman who was a hoarder of stuff and is discovered covered with orts and cat hair in her recliner. I know it sounds a bit too managed and not spontaneous but for me, it makes me so much more productive which equates to much more happy. Also, I don't get bogged down stuck in a nasty task all day but I manage to make headway on it. If I set aside an hour to cut fabric or sew or even clean a closet or the fridge, I feel like that hour is more productive because I know I have a limited time. Make sense? Working long hours all week, it helps me make the most of my weekends. With warmer weather and the desire to be out in the yards to 24 hours a day, I need to 'budget' my time. Like I said, not necessarily a method for everyone but it definitely makes me more productive which means makes me happier.
Hand and hand with my timer method, I am a list maker. What a feeling of accomplishment when I can put a check by a completed job. I have more than once jotted a list early Saturday morning, plugging in my estimates of time to complete only to realize I have listed about 18 hours of tasks to complete.....time to regroup and prioritize or better employ that time and motion study method.
My third tip I learned from teacher at a quilting class I took. She told us that when we finish our sewing for the day, to set up the next step. By doing this, I can jump right in before work for 15 minutes of sewing or cutting. For me, those 15 minute bursts at the sewing machine really add up and move me closer to completing a quilt top.
So real quick, my stitching progress this week......I completed the block of bargello.
I did some more over one stitching. I stitched the top motif incorrectly and decided to make the bottom one match and then center and modify the last motif. Much better than frogging the over one stitches.
Stay tuned for future posts about a tour of Westtown Quaker School (sister school of Ackworth), trip to Chester County Historical Society, meeting Betsy Morgan, shower progress, and hopefully a decision on signing up for Pioneer Sampler Girl Project with Betsy Morgan in OCMD.
Here are photos from Betsy's site - Will Hands. I fell for this project when I first saw it on the Swan Sampler Guild page last year......It is going to come down to regret....will I regret it someday that I didn't sign up for this weekend class? I am thinking yes.... I even talked to Betsy yesterday about how much pre-stitching is needed and it is not lot. I will keep you updated.
I am curious, what are your secrets for getting it all done?