Procraftstination has been ruling my life lately. I've got dozens of WIPs that are strangling me. And even worse, I've got dozens more waiting to get started!
I finally had to tell myself that enough is enough. I can't be productive if I continue to add 3 new projects to every one I halfway finish. And for me, having a clear, visual reminder of my goals might help guilt me into staying on track.
In true Procraftstinator fashion, however, writing down my goals simply wasn't good enough. I needed another "craft" to track my crafts. I wanted a trendy little chalkboard!
But I'm learning! I'm getting better! I'm moving forward! As I stood in the craft section of Wal-mart pouring over boards and chalk paint, glues and decorations...I finally came to my senses and realized that I would spend $30 on supplies and be guaranteed a 35% chance of actually finishing the project. So I turned around and BOUGHT a ready-made chalkboard with a cute little stand for only $7 and went straight home and actually got to work sorting through my goals.
That's a little unusual for me.
Basically what had to be done was a massive WIP purge. I started by writing down all my WIPs (that I could remember). I then sorted them into categories like:
From those categories I bravely restashed materials or trashed projects I knew wouldn't ever bring me joy. I abandoned projects that I no longer needed or wanted. And I shelved large projects (like my 1" hexagon and postage stamp quilts) for days when I'm probably retired.
The actual working project count came around to 4 WIPs. Which isn't nearly as stressful or overwhelming. But with only 4 projects, there's loads of room for more? Right?!
NO! There isn't. Because I thought of that too! I knew the procraftstinator in me would ruin everything, so I gavemyself the rule, "Finish Two Before Starting New".
And to remind myself of all the interesting ideas I want to try, I've included this list on my chalkboard as well!
I have high hopes for me now. I might even have to change my name!