I really like to be organized. I’ve talked about organizing my physical space before, but it’s also important for me to organize my mental space. I will fully admit that I can be scatterbrained and I have the attention span of a goldfish. Things I need to remember either flitter away as soon as I think them or cycle repeatedly in an anxious loop. The way that I keep my mental space organized is to make lists.
I always have many, many lists going. I have lists on my computer, lists in my sketchbook, and lists on scraps of paper floating around me. Some are ongoing (books I want to read), some are short term (to do today). Some are meant to be worked through systematically, some are repositories for ideas I have no intention of following through on. Keeping lists keeps me organized and working through them helps me feel productive. I’ve even been known to retro-actively add something to my list just so I can immediately cross it off just so I can feel like I’m getting things done!
I have many sewing lists. I have a list of all my fabric (although it’s often not up to date). I have a list of projects I want to sew (although things often jump the queue). I have lists of skills I want to beef-up (crotch fitting being an obvious one!). I have lists of patterns I want to develop (and there’s no way I’ll ever have enough time for all of them).
Do you keep lists? Do they make you happy or drive you crazy?
Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.