An uncreative week

Unusually for me, this week I lost my crafty mojo. There’s a few things I could site as disrupting my energy flow, and I have taken note. But even when you know why, although I believe you can work on it, you can’t necessarily click your creativity switch straight back on. Continue reading “An uncreative week”

Feeling Woolly

Firstly, thank you to everyone who completed my yarn colour survey. Your answers were very helpful and I’ve acted on what I learned from some of them already.

Last week I was also talking about the goals I set for this year that I’m not keeping up with. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye on what I’m doing/not doing to achieve them and come to the conclusion I’m being far too woolly.

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No, not this sort of woolly.

Right now a lot of things – not just those goals – that aren’t happening, because I’ve so much to do. Everything’s tumbling around in my head in a big woolly mess and as a result I’m overwhelmed by just the thoughts about how much I need to do. To untangle the threads, I’ve made a Next Step list – listing just the next thing I have to do for everything, prioritising it then getting on with working through the list and not thinking about any of the following steps until I’ve completed the first.

Another place I’m being far too woolly is in designing sweaters.

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I’ve now designed two, but not written a pattern for them, because I scribble everything on scraps of paper as I go along. Even when I manage not to lose half the scraps or use a notebook, my writing’s so bad I can’t read half of what I’ve written.

In future I’m not going to allow myself to knit any part of a garment until I’ve typed up my notes on it and printed them out. That way, I’ll also be able to spot typos as I go along, rather than after the pattern is written – which is always harder.

I’m hoping these two things get me a bit more organised, but I’m wondering what else I could do. What do you do to regain focus when you’re feeling woolly?

Bekki Hill

Nine reasons NOT to set goals for your creative endeavours

Last week I blogged about reasons it’s good to set goals. And, whilst I believe goal setting can be incredibly useful and instramental to our achievements, I also believe there are times when it’s better not to set goals.  Here’s nine reasons why…

  1. If we’re too focussed on achievement we can forget to experiment – definitely something I’m weaning myself off at the moment.
  2. Having  too many goals can be overwhelming.
  3. Training ourselves to focus on achievement can literally train our brains out of being so creative.
  4. Sometimes we get so focussed on a goal we continue too chase after it when it would be better to let go.
  5. We can fail to take the learning from an experience if the minute we’ve completed one goal we head off too quickly after the next.
  6. We can fail to relax sufficiently because we’re always thinking about deadlines.
  7. We can be in such a hurry to hit a deadline that we fail to enjoy the journey.
  8. Goals can make us feel under pressure and pressure can reduce creativity – although sometimes it can increase it!
  9. The mere thought they’re setting goals can instantly switch off some people’s creativity.

Having made those points, I concede, it’s true that well set goals and being aware of the possible pitfalls can stop us falling into these traps. Also, if you’re working on goals with a good professional coach, this should also facilitate increased creative thought and not reduce it. However, all in all, because creativity demands an amount of free thought, I do believe there are times when not setting a goal – or setting very loose goals – can be the best thing for us.

What do you think? Has this post and my two previous goal setting posts, here and here, encouraged or discouraged you from setting goals? Or perhaps there’s another change they’ve helped influence? Either way I’d love to hear about it.

Bekki Hill