I didn’t get as much done during The Final Countdown as I would have liked, due to some tight deadlines. Those deadlines are met and passed, but now I have more deadlines to meet by the end of this month, so it’s really not getting better for me, as far as finding time to get more organized.
I still have lots of piles of stuff everywhere, and I think in the efforts I did make to work on the Final Countdown tasks, I might actually have made things worse in some areas!
So our organizing task for this month, should you care to join me, is:
I am a pile maker. I have stacks and piles of stuff everywhere. Piles of paper, piles of projects, piles of fabric. I’m working on whittling all those piles down to nothing, so that’s what I’ll be working on this month, when I can find a bit of time to spare for organizing.
My Cowboy and I have been watching episodes of “Hoarders” on the internet — scary! — and I’ve also been reading a lot on THIS site, both of which are helping me look at lots of things with new eyes.
Yesterday, I went to put something away, and found a mystery box. I opened it up, and it was full of unquilted tops (some with their backings and bindings with them), so that just upped my to-be-quilted number! Oops! But now that I know about them, I can deal with them. Baby steps.
Here’s the pile I intend to tackle with this challenge, one of the piles I never got to during The Final Countdown:
Wish me luck! Do you have a pile that needs work?
Also . . . I have an additional challenge for you this month . . .
Have I ever mentioned how much I love trackers? I love getting to check something off my list and make progress. I also like to see how long I can keep a streak going without messing up. A few weeks ago, I made a goal of getting rid of 5 things every day. I knew I’d only have about a week of being able to do that because of deadlines and travel, but I did it, and it made me feel good.
I didn’t make a tracker for January because I knew I’d be gone too much, so why punish myself?
But for the remainder of the year, I’d like to work on building some new habits. So I’ve made myself a tracker chart. I’m challenging you to do this with me. I even made a free printable, so you can have a tracker chart like mine, if you want! Click here to download it: Habittracker2020
The challenge is to:
The chart is set up so that you can do one habit a month and just work your way across one line each month, or . . . you can track up to 27 different habits each month (yikes!). Simply list as many as you want to work on, and use one sheet for each month. Here’s what it looks like:
Your habit doesn’t have to pertain to sewing and quilting, but that’s my main goal with mine. Making myself get more organized and be able to stay that way, devote some time to things I’ve been ignoring or putting off, and be more consistent with things I’m working on, rather than flitting around so much.
For February, I’m setting up a tracker for the following task:
Machine piece for at least 30 minutes every day
I have a hard time making myself work on my own things because I’m so busy quilting for others. I’m trying to make it a priority, so I have two choices here.
1) Get it done early in the day, and have it out of the way, then I can concentrate on the longarm. Or . . .
2) Do all the longarming I can stand for the day, then sit down and machine piece for a half hour in the evening.
Either way, it should help me make lots of progress on the pile of UFOs. And next month, I can work on something else. Who knows? I may have developed this one into such a good habit, that I’ll just keep going with it, and add in something else.
You, of course, can pick your own task for this — you don’t have to do the same task as me. Pick one that will do you the most good. If you prefer to work on only one habit each month, or if you want to work on one habit each week for the entire year, I posted a tracker a couple years ago that will work for that. You can get it here: HabitTracker
Here’s what the previous tracker looks like:
Here are a few ideas of some things I may work on throughout this year:
Scrap processing X amount of time per day
Paper processing X amount of time per day
Clear my cutting table every day
Handwork X amount of time per day
Clean up one shelf/drawer/pile/space/etc. every day
By the time we’ve done some of these tasks faithfully for an entire month, they won’t need doing again, or at least they won’t need doing every day in the future — we can get it under control, and then keep it that way with the new habits we develop. For example, once I get all my paper under control, I can back off to only having to deal with it once or twice a week, and it will stay under control (theoretically).
So that’s my grand plan for this year (when I start my year over on February 1st!) — how about you? Do you need to develop a new habit, to make your future life a bit easier?