A Battle Plan for Those Works in Progress

The first step binds one to the second. – french proverb

In the spirit of goal setting and taking back control from works in progress, I have come across Pat Sloan’s excellent 12 UFO Buster Tips.  I have summarized these tips (and printed them out) and now I am ready to head for the sewing studio and do battle with my WIPs.  If you are losing the war with your own WIPs, then I strongly suggest checking out Pat’s blog (loads of details, tips and photos).  She even has a UFO group over there for extra support!

Know what I have.  Count my projects in progress.  Group A (Almost Done-Love and Finish).  Group B (Almost Done-Lost Interest-Give Away).  Group C (Partially Done-Love and Finish).  Group D (Partially Done-Give Away or Sort).  Group E (Barely Begun-List).

Pick 4; one that is fast to finish, one with a deadline, one I love, and one long-term project.

Mandatory! Daily set a timer and sew. Always have a project out.

Give myself rewards for finished UFOs.

•Fix 3 lack of organization items that keep me from sewing my UFOs.

•Find a Buddy to account to each other.

•Trade services or UFOs.

Delegate.

•Disassemble-break up a project that I don’t love.  Use the fabric for something else.

•Quick and easy finish-flannel, quilt top and grid quilting.

Set orphan blocks in a sampler (hot pad, tote bag, tablerunner, pillow, coaster, etc.)

•Pick 3 projects to finish for myself.  Set a deadline.

There is no reason why Pat’s tips couldn’t be adapted and applied to other works in progress.  Are you a gardener?  Do you have an overgrown monster bush that needs taming?  Would a particular flower do better in a different location?  Make a gardening list.  Are you giving a room a makeover?  Need to get painting done?  Need a storage solution?  Get it on a list and get it done.

Do it!

4 responses to “A Battle Plan for Those Works in Progress

  1. Yep, works for everything – even writing UFOs!

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  3. Yep – works for me. I needed this for now in 2019! Guess you never thought something written in 2011 would be ‘active’.
    Thanks for the encouragement and I’m gonna stop browsing posts and start ‘doing’!
    peace

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    • You are right, Laura! I am having fun following you around! Maybe it will help me to take my own advice. Ha, ha!

      So…in retrospect…for the most part, I think I am doing pretty good right now.

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