This week I came across a great podcast on getting organised, by Susan Penning. Thanks to Val, of Val's Quilting Studio, for sharing this find in her Sunday Organizing blog post.
In Susan's podcast, she mentions a book called Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy. I am yet to read the book, but it sounds like a must for my bookshelf. It is full of advice on how to stop procrastinating. The name comes from a Mark Twain quote:
"Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day"Somehow, that quote and the book title just made sense to me - they made something click in my brain, and now, all of a sudden, I want to eat frogs (metaphorically speaking).
The idea is, if you get in and do those jobs that you really don't want to do, or have been putting off, then they are out of the way and everything else will seem easier. I have already started incorporating this thinking into my house work, and intend to apply it to my crafting as well.
For some reason I have a habit of starting a creative project and then putting it aside before finishing it. Then I go onto the next one and put it aside, and so on, and so on. So, as of today, I am eating frogs. Until I have my problem under control, I am going to focus on one project at a time and work on it until I am finished before moving onto the next project.
Here are my first three frogs, in order:
Frog Number One
The Beehive Quilt...
I'm currently adding lots of extra hand quilting to it, in an attempt to make it less boring. I would love to have this finished in one week, but that is highly unlikely.
This was meant to be finished in a day or two. It's now weeks later and it has just been sitting around waiting for binding for ages.
Due to be finished by January, 2014. There's a long way to go here. It is a baby quilt for a special friend, so I want to make sure it is finished in time.
Wish me luck.