choosing what to work on, what to create, what to teach...
some days with so much choice in front of me i would be mrs. dithers herself, tapping my fingers, looking at this fabric, that lace, thinking on it, over and over again
at times i would walk out of my sewing room and pick up a book instead
lately i read about warren buffet's method for creating focus and thought it might just work for me, for what i do
simply put, you list twenty-five things
things to make
things to do
whatever things you like...
when the list is complete, you choose five,
and those five are all you do until all five are done
thinking this would not only sharpen my focus, but also prevent me from adding more to my pile of things not finished, i decided to give it the old college try
my list ranged from projects years old to those yet to be
some for gifts, some large, some small, quilting, needlework, lace-making, painting, sketching - no limits
choosing five from that list wasn't quite as easy as i thought
wanting to have variety, with nothing terribly complicated or daunting for the first go-round, i chose those that had been haunting me for while but were near and dear to my heart
it took me almost three weeks to get them all done, and by the end of the last one my thoughts were turning to the next list of twenty-five
paring that second list down took even more thought than the first time 'round - i knew the limitations of it now, but also the benefits, and my choices became more conscious
"if i can only work on five, what matters most?"
the simplicity of this method is that i am always choosing from a smaller pool, and with that narrowed field of possibility has come a greater focus
in the narrowing, comes an expansion
i like that
and i like that these wool and flannel pillows for store samples are now finally done!
love the combination of wool and flannel
charming rural scenes
there was a great satisfaction in writing the date completed by each item on list of five
and great excitement at beginning the process all over again