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.
In May and June I…
- Designed and knitted a jumper
- Knitted a pair of socks.
- Worked on my secret knitting project
- Battled with the Voice of Doom over entering a knitting competition and beat it into submission.
- Read several books on crochet
- Read one book on knitting socks.
- Read five fiction books.
- 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?
- 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:
- I repeatedly underestimate how long I need to do things.
- 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.