Friday, June 1, 2012

STNA Blog Hop #3 Setting goals.

Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop
Do you set stitching goals for yourself and how do you plan them out? (Weekly, monthly, annually?) What are your current stitching goals (if you don’t mind sharing)? In addition to setting goals for yourself, do you have a special reward that you reserve for when you reach a stitching goal?
I go on and off with the goal setting for my crafting.  On one hand, I like the freedom to do whatever I feel like doing with my time restraints, no must do items, do pressure at all.  It is a hobby after all.  On the other hand, I like the feeling of finishing something in a timely manner.  I like to remind myself of the great idea I want to do.  Goals help me with that.

Left to my own devices I'd have 101 WIPs laying around the house.  I wouldn't have a single finish anywhere.  I'd have magazine clippings and internet bookmarks of all sorts of cool stuff I intended to do, but never got around to doing.

For the last few months I have been setting up realistic goals for myself.  That seems to be the key to goal setting.  I have done this before where I'd set unrealistic goals (ie: start and complete a full sized HAED design).  Yeah, that just doesn't happen.  Then I'd get bummed out that my goals weren't reached and that I was a loser in the crafting world! Oh woe is me! *dramatic hand on forehead*   Lately I have been better about planning out my goals.  Doing an item that needs to be done (finishing up something that is 30 minutes from being done, or covering my ironing board), something small, but fun, and making progress on an ongoing larger project.  I'll toss in another item here and there depending on birthdays, holidays, etc.  I think the goal for goal setting for a hobby is to be kind to yourself.  Don't overburden yourself with goals and make sure they are items that can and will be done.

I managed to finish May's goals.  I'll post pictures in a day or two.  I am still waiting for the glue to dry on one of them.  I am still considering June's goals.  I think my brain has a case of the "Summers".  It's kind of like a case of the "Mondays", but last for 3 months. Ha!

June Goals: 

  1. Put an extra layer of padding on my ironing board.
  2. Make progress on Growth Rings
  3. Finish up How Does Your Garden Grow (may blend into a July goal, as I can't remember how much I still have left to do and haven't pulled it out of my WIP/UFO pile yet.)
  4. One small project of my choice.

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  1. I like your definition of the "summers". That's just how I feel now.

  2. I can't wait to see your finishes! (And with a hectic life like mine, I must stitch or I'll go insane.) ;)

  3. Looking forward to seeing your pictures :)

  4. You say you'd have 101 WIPs laying around your house like it's a bad thing.