Saturday, August 16, 2014
A New Sewing Machine and a To Do List Trick!
My simple criteria - a machine that doesn't jam and have threads bunch up underneath the project, some cool stitches, a large throat area for big projects, and something without a huge learning curve. I picked this machine because I already own a brother. The parts are interchangeable and I understand my current machine which is a brother 6000.
This brings me to my to do list. I have a Pinterest board of things I would like to do sooner rather than later. I never seem to be able to finish a large to do list, there are always a couple of lone things that don't get done, which are then added to my next list. My trick is to put more things there than I know I have time to do and set a number of things to get done from the list. This gives me options and choices, which I need. In other words if I have a to do list with 5 things on it I will probably finish 3 or 4 because at least 1 of those 5 things won't sound interesting to me at the moment. BUT if I have a list of 8 or 9 things I would like to get done and set a goal of finishing 5, I will get 5 done. It sounds stupid, but I think it is because I have a choice. If I say I want to make a lunch bag, tote bag, wallet, car bag and cosmetic bag I won't finish because maybe I am just not in the mood to make the lunch bag, so only 4 of the five will get done. If my list is longer I can choose 5 things that I am in the mood to make and 5 will get done. Does anyone else have to trick themselves into getting things done, or are all of you just over achievers?
My sewing goal is to get 5 of the 9 things on the board done before the first day of school with kids on August 26th. Do you want to know a little secret? That goal contains not 1, but 2 tricks!
1. I really only want to get five things done...
2. I really want to actually be done by our 1st teacher inservice day on August 22nd.
My tricks give me room to breath and actually give me a chance of reaching my goals! My big summer goal was to deep clean my house from top to bottom and I only have 1 room left to go so that goal is going to also be easily met!