I want to begin by thanking all who gave me their tips and advice on how they stay on top of things. Sometimes I think that we are so close to our own situations that we can’t see things clearly – especially when we are in an overwhelmed state of mind.
The first thing I did was make a list of what needed to be done. Look the beast(s) in the eyes, if you will. I am a “list” person to begin with, but sometimes when I get caught up and everything is going according to plan, I get this feeling that I no longer need to have a list. This, I see, is a foolish thing for me to do. More so than not, it is the beginning of losing control of things again and falling into a state of disarray.
I believe most of my anxiety comes from worrying that I am forgetting something. With a list at hand, it immediately alleviates that worry and it is simply a matter of ticking things off as they are completed. This alone gives me a great deal of satisfaction. Even the small tasks, such as returning a phone call or email can be extremely satisfying to cross off.
I also like the idea of setting a particular cut off time for the day. It doesn’t mean that I have to follow it. If the time arrives and I am on a roll or still feel like working, there is no reason I can’t continue. But it gives me an end point of my work day so that when I am feeling tired and things are hectic, I have a definite time to look forward to when I can assign myself a different self-rewarding task – such as a round of Scrabble with my friend in Chicago or just reading posts from others here on LJ’s. Or painting.
Just knowing that there is a finish point for the day can make all the difference in the world.
Yesterday I did the most important tasks first. That also alleviated much of the anxiety I was experiencing. By the time dinner rolled around, I was able to finish up the task I was working on and feel a good sense of accomplishment for the day. I made a wonderful dinner for myself which got me away from the computer and moving around a bit as I do love to cook, and after dinner took my daily walk and collected some additional blackberries (the first batch was all gone). This time I only picked for a few minutes, but there were far more ripe ones and they were much sweeter this time around. I got plenty for my morning cereal and plan to go back for more soon (insect repellent in tow – and properly dressed) and get a good supply so I can freeze them to enjoy over the winter.
I then spent the remainder of the evening painting on my skaters (guilt free, I may add). It turned out to be a pretty good day. The list is here this morning, but not nearly so long and the most urgent items have already been done. Yes, the simplest of plans does work.
One of the tasks I worked on yesterday was getting some of the items that were published in the Holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts into pattern packet form so I can sell them on my site and to the wholesalers. As I said previously, I can’t sell anything in the magazine that I designed until the issue has be ‘out there’ on the stand for at least a short while. It is now in print and in the hands of many of my customers (although I haven’t received my copy yet) so I will be able to post things on the new site update next week.
I designed these items in March, so it has been a while since I have thought about them. It feels good to have some new things to add that I already put most of the work into. One of the patterns I finish was a set of 10 embellished Snowflake Ornaments. I had to photograph them yesterday and yes, they are made of walnut to show off the silver beads and crystal I used for embellishments. They are on the line of the trees that I had shown earlier and when unpacking them from the box, I remembered just how much I liked them.
Here are a couple of pictures for you:
|From SLD324 Ten Embellished Snowflake Ornaments|
|From SLD324 Ten Embellished Snowflake Ornaments|
(Again, if you click on the title, you can see all ten of them in my album)
They are fun and friendly little ornaments, and a great way to introduce yourself to the scroll saw if you haven’t had much experience with it. I had four designs of mine and my partner’s in that issue of the magazine, so I will be finishing the other packets today. That will be a great deal off of my list that I was concerned about.
I have a couple of patterns in the works that I need to finish drawing on from last week, but with this other stuff out of the way, I should be able to clear my head enough to continue and finish a couple of new things by the site update next week. Having a plan really does make things feel a lot better.
Thank you again to all who gave suggestions. It is great to be able to talk things out here among friends. :)
I hope you all have a great Sunday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"