My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #362: The Weekend of a Thousand Excuses

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 06-06-2011 12:40 PM 3772 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 361: Sometimes the Best Challenges are From Within Yourself Part 362 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 363: Progress »

There are so many things that can get us off track when we are doing something. It takes a certain amount of discipline to stay on course sometimes. Especially when we are not completely confident in ourselves.

Those of you who have come to know me through this series know that from time to time I get this way. I truly appreciate your wonderful support yesterday, and I did make progress, but unfortunately not the amount of progress that would have made me happy. It feel as if I have been running through the mud the past couple of days and it is time to take a breath and suck it up and get on with it.

I know this is a temporary thing that I am going through, as it has happened many times before. I over think and for some reason it slows my production of ‘real work’ down to the speed of molasses. I am still pushing the pile, but it is moving e-v-e-r s-o s-l-o-w! Time to rev it up and get back up to normal speed.

I am going to call this past weekend “the weekend of a thousand excuses” and leave it at that. I am not saying that some of the excuses were not legitimate excuses, but they did absolutely nothing to help get me out of the proverbial mud puddle I have found myself in.

So I have two choices here.

1 – I can sit here are philosophize about things and explore all the reasons that this current bout with distraction has occurred. We can discuss the possibilities and causes and delve into some underlying reasons and talk about my insecurities and how I can overcome them.

2 – I can get to work and finish the job I set out to do.

It’s Monday – a day I always liked because of its implications of being a “new beginning” of the week. Fresh starts and all of that.

So with that said, I AM keeping this short and I am off to get to work. I wish you all a wonderful day full of fun and productivity!

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. ~William James

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

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 01:15 PM

one step, one day at a time Sheila.
William James was right, but, only if you let it get to ya :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 01:39 PM

i’ve noticed the tap stops running
if i don’t finish the things i have started
and of course there is less room
in the shop to work in
so periodically
it’s time to get the old over
and suddenly the tap is running again
and i am free to do new things

onward and upward
as they say

-- 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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#3 posted 06-06-2011 09:30 PM

i think we are all guilty of letting things drag on a while, i know this happens to me a lot, dreaming of it being finished, what will i do next, will people want more of it, or less even, and the trouble is i spend ages dawdling about and thinking rather than getting on with it.
Just one word you need sheila, FOCUS…

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 04:30 AM

I personally think the problem sometimes is not that you make excuses, but that you push yourself to hard to the point that when you don’t seem superhuman that you feel like you’re lacking. I’m not saying that it a bad thing. I’m just saying that you deserve a break every now and then. You’ll get back on top of things and be beaming in the next week or so that you got so much done that you are ahead of the schedule you set for yourself. When that does not happen, THEN we are going to worry about you. You have passion, drive, dedication. If more people in the world had these qualities, it would definately be a better world.
If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t gotten a thing done lately. I have plenty of excuses too. I won’t bore you with those either though.


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#5 posted 06-07-2011 12:54 PM

Thank you all for your encouragement. As always, your perspective(s) make sense. I do need to focus and I do push myself hard. But that is part of my make up. I need to ignore my fears and insecurities and forge on anyway. I know what you are saying, William, and I do try to not work to the point where I am feeling burned out, but the job is sometimes not very forgiving as far as when things are due. The problem with diversifying is that each of my editors/distributors/customers is not really aware of the other commitments that I have made and feel they are the only focus. That is by no fault of theirs and just the nature of the beast. It is a tight balance keeping everyone happy. I have written here on that rare occasion where they are all satisfied at once. It doesn’t happen often. It is all part of the process, I suppose. And the price I have to pay for doing what I love to do. :)

Thanks again, Sheila

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

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