I will pull out my bulging files of magazine cut-outs, small pieces of paper I'd stuffed in books & make a monthly line up of preferred projects. I usually get 40% of my own projects completed, they are usually done on a whim without plan. So, there is an additional 25% sitting in the back of my closet (or in the barn) crying to be re-recognized. You know how you have those ideas, & you think it will be the bomb & it BOMBS? That pesky idea that just doesn't do what you wanted it to? Now, what you say to yourself, "off to another idea & hope it percolates into a full cuppa.
This is where my P3 comes into play. I'm going to place my ideas & whims onto a calendar to give myself structure. There is nothing like a completion date--just like projects for my work- I will achieve my goals for myself. Now creative goals are different than work goals, they are further down the food chain of To Do's. This year they are climbing their way up. The only way to do this is with action. I am by no means a lazy person, I do more than most people, but I can do better & I can do more.
So, the calendar is coming out, and with pencil in hand (I do need an eraser) as I will plot out my top 10 projects of the year. It's going to be hard picking the top 10 because I want EVERYTHING. The calendar makes the ideas a little bit more of a reality. I go to the dentist, I celebrate other people's birthdays, why can't I do this for myself? And
again I think this year will be different.
Personal Project Plan - P3
20 ideas for 10 projects - a girl can change her mind, even with a list!
1. Create my favorite dog photos into silhouette pillows or prints
2. Make envelopes from old shopping bags or vintage paper
3. Make totes from recycled fabrics
4. Paint a painting of a photographed animal
6. Make vintage, sewing notion jewelry
7. Photograph and blowup a picture and frame artwork
8. Make trendy looking, monogrammed or stenciled hand or tea towels
9. Finish enclosing my back porch with screen doors and shutters. **This is a
biggy** I have been collecting doors & shutters forever!
10. Get the "baby" dresser from the attic. Clean, repair and find a place for it
12. Paint a fresh coat on my outdoor furniture - it's a massive undertaking
13. Make a Christmas runner with the vintage patterns I scanned from a client's project I created in 2011
14. Make those Christmas cards I have talked about for 15 years!
15. Do something with those GIANT acorns I have stashed for a year
16. Paint a bird on silk again using a light box
17. Finish that neglected trellis (paint it too)
18. Cover all those mismatched fabric boxes with something I like,
19. Finish painting that vintage bed
20. Rewire at least 2 of those hanging lights in the barn and do something with them
P3 has been chosen . . . some are easy, some - well not so
simple at all! These are things that have been waiting in the wings for ages. I will see how I can cut through this list. What does your list look like?
I go into this year with a full heart, hand full of artistic materials and a true desire to get it done!