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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.


•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!

Do You Know Where Your Goals Are?

“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Seneca

I have been a secret admirer of Candy Glendening over at CandiedFabrics for some time now.  She is a very creative fiber artist (among other accomplishments) and full of energy.  She is also very courageous.

I keep my goals in a journal.  Oh all right…I have them scattered in various notebooks and on scraps of paper.  But Candy?  Well…she just has them all organized and published for all the world to see.  They are out there!  In public!

Do you suppose that is a very good motivator for getting so much accomplished?  Indeed.  Powerful. 

How do you record your goals?  In your head?  On a calendar?  On a blog for all the world to see?  What makes you accountable to your goals?  Do you have a plan to reach your goals?  Do you set deadlines?  

I have work to do.  I’m going to be revisiting and revising my goals.  How about you?

I’d love to hear from you!