Have small green freaky looking creatures invaded Drawn Outdoors HQ? No, but we do have a lot of UFOs, UFPs and just a whole lotta stuff that needs to be done. Not UFOs in the sense of strange flying saucer shaped alien transportation devices, UFOs in the sense of UnFinished Objects, UnFinished Projects and yes, just general stuff to be done. I’ve talked about my powers of procrastination (check that one out here) and my list making love (that one is here) but I have another confession to make…
I’m not very good at finishing things.
I’m fabulous at starting, at dreaming, at thinking big. If you need ideas, and you need them big, fantastic and mind blowing, I’m your girl. The more freedom my mind is given to wander the better the idea. I’m glad that this is a fabulous skill to have in the wonderful world of design. It is so much fun to take an idea for a wander and see where it ends up taking you.
If you need a project planned and started, I’ll also put my hand up for that one. I’m great at identifying what needs to be done and finding a pathway through the murky depths of “it’s too hard”, breaking problems down and then building up a solution. My problem comes when I start to walk the pathway and something more shiny gets in my way, or another problem or idea jumps up and shouts out “look at me!”
I think my problem is deadlines. When a project has a deadline, has a finish point, a clearly defined date and time, I manage to knock it out of the park. When a deadline is a little bit more flexible, or even worse, non existent, we have a problem. I’ve worked out that when I’m wearing my Drawn Outdoors hat things are completed, on time and well. It’s when things matter or people are relying on me that I tend to do my best work. Why can’t I apply this dedication to all those incomplete little projects? Why is the dress I started in my dressmaking class 3 years ago still not finished, and the 30th birthday present for my now 32 year old sister still waiting for its final touches? Not to mention the multitude of stitches, sewings and ideas who’s seeds have been planted, allowed to germinate but not been able to grow and bloom.
I’m finding that blogging is helping with this problem. When I blog about doing something, I tend to do it – I think it’s the guilt feeling I get when I don’t achieve a goal and too many people know about it. Our 1000 things in winter is coming along fabulously, the girls are a third of the way there – Yay girls! And my 31 posts in May was a total success. But on the down side some things have slipped through the cracks, most obviously our own garden design and the Drawn Outdoors office.
To bust out of the half done rut that some things have found themselves falling into, I’m making a new financial year resolution. When I have an idea that needs to be done, I’m giving it a deadline, letting someone who cares know about it, and then doing my best to stick to it. I’m hoping that extra rewards won’t be needed along the way, the feeling of sheer unadulterated satisfaction when I”m finished should be sweet enough.
So here it is, my new financial year resolution to do list, with some deadlines and “reporting mechanisms” – I know you’ll hold me to it! I’m starting small, just ten UFOs to start with, I don’t want any aliens messing with the engine.
1. Finish the 1000 things in winter challenge – and win! This one’s a no brainer in terms of time – I have until the end of August, but just to make sure we’re on track I want to hit 500 things by 15 July, and 700 by 1 August.
2. Design OUR garden. I’ve been designing a few gardens lately, but not ours. It has been placed on the “when I get to it” pile for a bit too long. I’ve measured the yard, analysed it to within an inch of its life, and now it’s time to turn my seeds of ideas into a reality. Deadline – 1 September , or the first day of spring, ready for us to start building and enjoying this summer.
3. Set up Drawn Outdoors Office - I should really say finish setting up the office. At the moment it’s working, but not well. I need a desk. It’s hard keeping things on a tilted drawing board and not so easy drawing on a flat one, and the computer desk is tiny. I need to streamline and organise what I have so it works for me and so the office looks like an office and not a halfway house for anything without a home. Target dates are 31 July for desk, then 15 August for office organisation.
4. Knit the Drama Queen’s scarf – I have taught myself how to knit (Yay me!) and my first project is a scarf. I will have it finished so it can be worn this winter. Completion date 31 July.
5. Finish the 30th birthday present - can’t say what it is, that would give away the surprise, but I will share when I get there. I’d like to have it done before Christmas. 30 November is the deadline.
6. Repair our walls - When we moved in, just over a year ago we repainted then replaced the light fittings. Most are fine, but there are a couple of holes and patches of wall that need painting. Deadline 31 August.
7. Plan a ski trip. Mr Perfect and I love the snow, but The Drama Queen and the Daredevil have never seen it, and we’re feeling a bit sad about that. We have decided that this year we will take them. Holidays don’t plan themselves, someone needs to do it. Deadline 20 July, any later and it might melt!
8. Finish the stitching for the Drama Queen’s new cushion – You know, the one I blogged about here. Done by 31 August.
9. Plan our christmas presents - I like to make rather than buy, but I tend to get my great ideas around the end of October, and I’m left scrambling to get things done. This year I’m going to be a bit more organised and get my plan ready before the end of July
10. Make myself an exceptionally cool post it note list that I can keep track of all my things to do on. Just like this one from Cornflower Blue Studio. I’ll show you this one by the 10th of July, and I will only use materials we currently have in the house.
There are so many more things I will need to add to this list, but if I just focus on 10 at a time I think my success rate might be a little bit higher, don’t you?