It’s that time – a new year, a fresh start. I love the beginning of the year and what better way of starting out 2009 than with a new project? Hence the blog. I’ve been thinking about it for some time, and have read other people’s blogs, and I felt that I could bring something a little different to the mix.
I’m not one for New Year resolutions, but I do love the chance to review the past year and decide on new directions, or areas of focus. This time of regular reflection is one that I think most of us actually need, whether we are aware of it or not. Over the past few years I’ve been learning a lot about managing my time more effectively so that I can fit things that I have to do around things that I love to do. Yes, that way of putting it is deliberate!
All too often we put the things we love doing behind everything else! We have a huge sense of duty to fulfil all our obligations before we reward ourselves. I was brought up thinking that I could only read a book for pleasure once everything else was done and dusted, and how often I ended up totally frustrated that I hadn’t had a chance to read my book. In the end, I would sneak off and surreptitiously read, hiding somewhere so that I wouldn’t be discovered. This way of thinking about things that are important to us is the wrong way round, and I’ve only recently realised that.
Now, at the beginning of a project, I like to give a bit of thought as to what I am intending to achieve with this particular project – is it a present, a set of scarves for sale, a series of samples exploring a particular technique, a piece of artwork for an exhibition, or just a ‘what if I do this with this yarn’ experiment? This gives me a loose framework that I can start with and adapt as I work through the project.
I know we’re not all the same animal. I find shortish time-based lists useful, but long rambly lists just freak me out. Some folk don’t like lists in any shape or form.
So for an evening, or an afternoon in between Christmas and New Year, I sit down and reflect on what I’ve done this year, what has happened in general, and what I’d love to do at the beginning of the next year. I don’t know where my projects will take me in weaving or in life terms, but I do love the sense of adventure. To me there’s something magical about beginnings, and that’s highlighted at the start of a New Year. So here’s to 2009.
Welcome to the land of “what if.” I look forward to seeing you on the road!
and I was brought up by a wonderful mom who teached me the opposite – so I had to learn to do things that need to be done. In my own home I didn’t want such a mess as my mother had at home (should not use a past time here, I’m afraid…). So I guess that time management is an important issue for many of us. How did you learn, Stacey? Did you read good books? Attended sessions?
On the topic of time management, there is this nice story of a teacher putting stones in a jar, I guess you know it… I’d love to share it here but I only have it in French.
I guess my learning was more through osmosis – a mixture of reading, talking to others, observation of those I admire, that kind of thing. Then the things that worked for me, I adopted. It doesn’t always work, and life doesn’t always allow you to follow your plans, but it serves as a framework to give me a structure to begin with…
The most recent series of books I have found useful is by Ken Blanchard, called The One Minute Manager. Although this is all about business and corporations, I have found it very useful.