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Congratulations! You are an inspiration. In January I vowed not to start another knitting project until I finished all the ufo's. Unfortunately more keep turning up! Check my blog for progress.

I need to read up on that Bullet Journal method. Not a day goes by that I don't fall into bed thinking I accomplished nothing and/or had no fun, I'm constantly overwhelmed by the stuff that isn't fun, there are more home-maintenance things to be done than I have money to pay for them, yadda yadda. I can't put my mind to anything that requires extended focus while my kid is in the house because at any second I might have to drop it when she needs something. Is there a notebook for that?

Well done, you. Simply making a list helps a lot, I find. Lay them out, knock off a few easy tasks, cross out a few that aren't worth further time and effort (ie, frog the unwanted project).

Keep updating us on the New Mexico sweater - that's a beauty.

Currently I am helping someone write a new manual for a specific type of hypnotherapy; this is his third book, so he is well aware of/experienced in "the process". My creative bent is a variety of fiber art techniques. He is an x-engineer, and has kept that part of his brain; I am retired teacher and prefer "doing it as it comes", with some caveats. Now to my message: We have had some very interesting conversations about "the creative process" and the "creative brain"; despite very different venues and approaches, we have noted some interesting similarities. The one we dealt with this past week we termed "cooking more than we can eat". It seems that part of the creative process is to "grow the project" with a hands-on approach that assumes what we are starting with (including length, in this case) is going to be the final form or product; we are so into the process, especially at the beginning when everything is new and exciting, that we forget to allow for the inevitable "change" that is part of every creative endeavor that lasts more than a half hour. Then, when the need for change starts showing up (such as an unexpected increase in amount of time needed to complete the original plan), we take it personally - like we failed somewhere, or we don't really know what we are doing, or some other less positive interpretation. At this point, we lose lots of that energy that comes from "being in the flow", and our collection of UFO's threatens to also grow! We decided on a couple of simple strategies to mediate the extent of damage the "change process" can cause if not handles properly: 1. Don't take the need to make changes in either the product or our vision or our emotional connection (like/dislike)personally; 2) Treat unexpected change events as part of the overall process rather than an interruption and as a challenge for a new creative endeavor, 3)Be aware from the beginning change will happen; try to identify where that might happen and plan for it if possible. In summary: If you exercise your creative self on a semi-regular to regular basis, you are going to make messes; half the fun is figuring out how to clean them up or to exercise the Creator's Right #1 - it is Ok to dump the dinner in the trash can and go out to eat. Talk about a power rush! :)

Thanks for the info on "bullet journal". In return, I would like to suggest the book "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield if you haven't read it yet - quick read and liberating!

Thanks got sharing the bullet journal. Time to break out the field note stash. Analog is the only way for me. Congrats on your progress. It's inspiring.

Hey Janine - I've been pondering the way I could put this kind of thing to use and also better use my time. Last week I took a piece of paper and made a list of everything I want to get accomplished, whether it was something short-term like balance the checkbook or something longer term like cleaning up my landscaping. The long-term items can break down into little parts and I could put those little parts on a list so I could tackle them when I have a spare minute, instead of forever feeling like I haven't gotten anything done because I didn't clean up my entire yard anytime in the past year.
What do you do with longer-term tasks? or do you try to keep yourself from thinking about long-term things because they can be too overwhelming to even start? I'd like another post about this on your blog, expanding upon how you deal with longer-term projects. Still thinking!

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