As you can see from my big grin, this is a big weight off my shoulders. While I love deadlines because they force me to be efficient and to not question myself, I find that I rarely set deadlines for myself for my own projects. I was able to knock out four awesome new quilts, but what progress have I made on my own quilts, workshops, and books?
I've decided enough is enough! It's time to set deadlines for my own work and to build a new habit for working efficiently.
First up is Dream Goddess. This quilt has been in progress since 2015 and it's time to get MOVING! I really love this quilt and I only have a tiny bit of machine quilting left to do in the sky section above her head. Really I should be able to knock this out by the end of August.
So that's what I'm going to do! I have a new deadline for Dream Goddess to be finished by September 1st!
Downside of Deadlines
The problem I've had with deadlines in the past is I set unrealistic goals and put way too much pressure on myself to make the deadline. I would push myself way too hard and exhaust myself trying to reach an unrealistic goal.
It's often hard to know how long something is going to take. Sometimes Dad will need a full week to prep fabric, but we'll have quilt tops pieced within a few days. Some quilts take a week to quilt while others can be finished in a few hours.
Ultimately I've learned continually check in on my deadlines. Every day I check what work was accomplished the day before and adjust my goals accordingly. If Dad was able to prep all the fabric required for a pattern today, he's going to need the pattern by tomorrow so he can begin construction.
This really helps me focus on what is the most important thing to work on right this second. I also love feeling productive! That is my favorite feeling in the world.
So that is my new focus: to feel productive, creative, and efficient while working steadily through a new batch of video workshops, quilts, and even a book or two! I've already started researching a new book for beginners and you can help out by participating in the survey right here.
Let's go quilt,