More or less?

Every three months, I like to do the coachy thing and review the progress I’m making. Now I’m blogging, I’m also reviewing my creative activities to:

  • Check I’m heading in the creative directions I want to be.
  • Ensure I’m not allowing things I want to do to slip to the side-lines.
  • Keep an eye on the growth of the UFO pile.
  • Hopefully boost my moral and motivation when I look back and see what I’ve achieved.

So, what have I achieved in the last three months?

The first month (April) was entirely spent working on a cross stitch picture for my niece’s wedding.

Secret Cross Stitch for Laura and Dean's Wedding

In May and June I…

Bekki Hill Lacy JumperBekki's Socks

Bekki Hill - Learning to crochet Meet the boys - Little Yellow Duck Project

Yarn Spun on Drop SpindleRockery

Ribbing Negative Thoughts

  • Read several books on crochet
  • Read one book on knitting socks.
  • Read five fiction books.

Kindle Sock Architecture - Lara Neel

  • Blogged a minimum of three times a week.
  • Added stich directory and tutorial page to the blog
  • Made even more lovely new blogging friends.

But what have I not achieved that I hoped I would have?

I haven’t…

  • Finished anything on my UFO list.
  • Done half as much crochet as I wanted to
  • Read as many books as I intended.

Two things immediately struck me when I created my achieved/not achieved lists:

  1. I repeatedly underestimate how long I need to do things.
  2. The projects that get finished/finished fastest are the one that adhere to coaching theory and have some sort of target/rule attached to them. Who’d have thought?

Of course getting too anal about creative stuff tends to suck all the fun and creativity out of it. So, although I’ll attempt for the millionth time to bear these two points in mind, I’m not going to get hung up on them. Also a more interesting set of questions occurred to me that maybe you’ll find useful if you do any reviewing:

  • What do you want to do more of in the future?
  • What do you want to spend more time on in the future?
  • What do you want to do less of in the future?
  • What do you want to spend less time on in the future?

Although these questions may look as if they are only two questions, the two ‘more’ questions and the two ‘less’ questions are subtly different – although in some instances they may give the same answer. For example, I’d like to do the same amount of blogging – if not more – but I don’t want to spend more time on it. I therefore need to work out how to speed up my posting process rather than cut down the amount I do.

Off now to ponder these questions further. I may be a while.

Hope you’re pleased with what you’ve achieved in the last six months.

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39 thoughts on “More or less?

    1. Oh yes, do make a list of UFOs. The list of UFOs I made earlier in the year has been really useful. Although I haven’t completed them all it’s really helped with understanding my priorities and stopping the remaining UFOs nagging.

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  1. I think you have done a lot and acomplished a lot! Wonderful, enjoy!! I had to learn in last years to slow down, to take just a day at the time and of course one project at the time. My pace of life is (very) slow and I have learned to enjoy that. But it is a learning curve…I love rading books and blogs about knitting and other creativity and there are so many nice projects out there. I do not want to be weighed down by an enormous yarn stack and unfinshed projects…cheers, Johanna

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    1. Thank you. Good to hear about your pacing. I like to have several different things on the go, for knitting in different situations, but I agree, it can be very draining having a heap of unfinished projects hanging around. However, I’m finding that blogging is stopping me doing that and I confess I was lucky that several of the projects I was working on only just got finished inside June. Bekki x

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  2. Great idea to pause and reflect periodically. I think you accomplished a whole lot, and some of it quite amazing. Crocheting and spinning? Those are two major skills. to add to what you know how to do. Keep on going – and writing about it. If you can figure out a way to make posting pictures easier, please share! That is what takes me the longest in posting. 🙂

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    1. Hello! Thank you. I confess I won’t be keeping the spinning up, it was good to do a workshop to learn something new, but it’s not for me. Thanks for the encouragement too. As for speed posting pictures, I’m afraid I haven’t cracked that one either yet 😦

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    1. Aw! Thank you. I’m sure you’ve done as much. Listing it always makes me find I’ve done more than I thought I had. As for victory dances, I was definitely doing one when I finished that cross stitch 😉

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  3. A great analysis of your achievements. You have done a lot, despite saying it’s not as much as you would have liked. Several new skills and completed tasks – very well done. You’re certainly a ‘versatile creative’.:)

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    1. Sorry, didn’t mean to wear you out 😉 For me I think there’s times for going with the flow and others for challenging yourself. Are you same? I’m thinking that after the time you’ve had lately, going with the flow sounds perfect.

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    1. Hi Jessica. Thank you. I think once things slip into the UFO pile they become harder to finish and you really have get yourself to the mood to grab them by the scruff of the neck and work on them or it isn’t worth worrying about them. We’ll get there one day 🙂

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  4. Gosh you have been busy that cross stitch picture is amazing and your socks are nearly the same as the one’s I made, I like to have lots of UFO’s I call them works in progress and do a bit of each so I don’t get bored. 🙂

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  5. So good to document everything like this to keep motivated! I’d like to work less and sew more. To sew more I need to retire and buy a solar powered sewing machine that I can use at the side of a cricket pitch!

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    1. LOL! 🙂 I may be laughing, but when H plays for England those cricket pitches will be in places like Australia where there’s heaps of sun – we just need to perfect that solar powered sewing machine then you can hand in your notice 🙂

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