My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #333: The Plan

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-08-2011 01:13 PM 4008 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t feel as if I have anything exciting to write about today. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. It seems that I am somewhat in between projects and even though I am in the process of creating new things, I am at a point where things are partially done and not at a point where I am ready to share them with you. I am feeling on edge a bit because I still feel a bit disorganized and need to get a handle on things so that I can move ahead. There are perhaps too many directions to go in right now for me and it is time for me to take a breath and step back a minute or two and assess things. Usually when I start to feel like this, I need a “plan”.

For those of you who have followed along with me, you have seen me go through this before. It seems that things begin to accelerate and before I even realize it, I am in several directions at once, not quite accomplishing anything in any one area. Oh, I am pushing the pile, but only minimally and at the end of the day I am tired, but when I look at what I progressed with for the day, it seems quite unimpressive.

They say that the first step to solving a problem is recognizing that there is one.

(Check!) The light bulb just went on! :)

Funny, but after that first step, “they” don’t seem to have the answers. I am very much on my own.

So in order to gain some clarity and peace of mind, I came up with a plan . . .

- Make a list of all that I want to get done
- Prioritize the items on the list
- Do them

How’s that for simple? Even a child could follow those steps without much trouble.

Many people comment and commend me on my organizational skills. I get emails and comments all the time from friends and followers who wonder how I do it. I usually tell them that it is a matter of survival for me. What you are witnessing right now with me is a case in point.

I feel as if I have not been on top of things ever since I returned from my trip. Now it has been a few weeks and I very well should have had things back to normal by now, but they aren’t quite there. Upon returning, I had the holiday deadline for the magazine, the next catalog deadline for the wholesalers and the website update which sorely needed to be done. Not to mention the many emails to friends and customers that I needed to catch up on.

Although I loved the trip and everything that it included, being away had its cost. I still have a pile of receipts that need to be logged in and tallied. After Big Tiny’s blog on financial planning, I was quite determined to keep up with things for the entire year so that by next April everything will effortless. Here it is only May and I am already feeling as if I am falling behind. But I am going to put a stop to it right now and get caught up. (Paul – are you reading this???))

I have decided that I don’t like waking up with things all over the place in my life and the only way to stop it is to set things right NOW. The only thing that will relieve the anxiety I am feeling and get me back to my “happy place” is to take a day and make that list and start checking off the points one by one. Otherwise, thing will just snowball and get bigger and bigger and soon it will overwhelm me.

So that’s the plan.

Being Sunday and also mother’s day, I have been invited to have dinner with friends (for some wonderful Nova Scotia lobster, no less!) That gives me the day to plow through what I need to and get everything in order and not worry about deadlines or projects or other things like that just for the day. Hopefully, by mapping things out it will take away the overwhelming feeling I have of working in too many directions at once and I will actually begin to see myself accomplishing something.

It seems like a good idea. And by the sheer act of writing it down and sharing it here, I already am beginning to feel better. :)

I leave you with a thought, and wish you the best of days.

”This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a wonderful Sunday.

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 01:18 PM

Sheila, enjoy the great lobster & friendship

Tomorrow is another day

You are an inspiration


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 05-08-2011 01:42 PM

Before I read down to it, I was going to suggest that you make a list. That’s how you got out of it last time you were like this.
Myself, I don’t plan anything. If I plan things out, then my creativity goes out the window and I wind up simply sticking to the plan. I’m impressed by people that can have a plan (written down, no less), a schedule, and stick to all of it, and still be creative. I just can’t do it.


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#3 posted 05-08-2011 02:30 PM

Happy Mother’s day and enjoy you time out with friends and lobster dinner . For the day just forget all them projects and enjoy mother nature . It is a beautiful thing , My great grandma (Cheyenne Indian ) use to tell me watch and listen . It will help you relax and you will learn from them.

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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#4 posted 05-08-2011 03:02 PM

take the day off
you have done enough for now
(you wrote a plan)

enjoying life as you go

is just as important
as working on it


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 05-08-2011 04:01 PM

Hi Sheila;

Happy Mother’s Day.

Oh, lobster…yum.

You’re not the only one going in many drections and feeling like you’re getting nothing done. Except in my case, I’m getting nothing done!

There’s a lot of hurry up and wait in my business.

Have a great day.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 05-08-2011 04:59 PM

just enjoy the day with all the other mothers …. :-)

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 05-09-2011 11:50 AM

Thank you all very much! I did have a great day! Details will follow! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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