I’m an ambitious person and I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew. This year I think it is the amount of knitting I am trying to get done in time for Christmas. Just check out my pile of Christmas wool. It is out of control. Although my out of control Christmas yarn does not suggest it, I have been working on this habit by trying to stick to a few rules…
When I make a list of things I want to accomplish it helps me stay focused. I can keep track of the projects I have on the go and the goals I have already accomplished. This is a great way to ensure you accomplish what you set out to do and that it does not take over your life. For me, making a list helps keep the balance in my life.
Rule #2: Set a realistic deadline:
I’ll admit, I have a hard time with this one. One thing I have been trying to do in the past few months is set realistic time lines for myself. This rule helps ward off the tendency to procrastinate and is a great way to ensure that your project actually gets completed. It also helps make sure you accomplish what you set out to do.
Rule #3: Set Limitations:
Setting limits is another great strategy to help ensure you finish what you start. This rule helps eliminate the distractions that stand between you and your completed project. For example, I have decided that I cannot buy anymore yarn until I have completed the projects that I already have on the go. This helps me stay focused on the task at hand and also helps me save a little bit of money.
Rule #4: Quiet Your Inner Perfectionist:
This is another rule I have to work on. I have been known to unravel a knitting project that is three quarters complete when I am not entirely happy with it. Again, this goal is all about realistic expectations. Sometimes I need to remind myself that nobody will scrutinize the project like I will. Furthermore, a few minor imperfections in a project show that it is handmade and that a lot of hard work and love when into making a project.
I hope these rules help make your Christmas crafting more enjoyable. Here’s to hoping I won’t be up all night Christmas Eve finishing off those last minute gifts!