In a recent email from Homestead Needle Arts, Theresa Swiecicki had some great ideas for stitching in 2021. With her permission, I’m including it here as a guest post.
21 in 2021?
Lots of us attempted (and many were successful!) to finish 20 projects in 2020. It doesn’t really matter if you did half-finished ones, started a new one or even finished one for a friend. What matters is you set a goal and worked towards it. Some people laughed and said they could purchase 20 new projects in 2020…and that works too! Whatever you think you want to accomplish – set yourself a goal and plan your path towards attaining it.
Set your goal:
If finishing 21 projects in 2021 sounds like too much for you, choose one or more things that you want to do and don’t currently make time for. Maybe you want to learn to bake macaroon cookies. Maybe you want to finish that sampler you started in the 70’s! Maybe you just want to get more walks in with your dog. 🙂 Setting a clear goal makes it more likely that you’ll be successful.
Plan how you’re going to accomplish your goal:
Once you know your goal you can think of the steps you need to accomplish it. For example, gather your threads for that sampler. Make a choice to stitch a half hour a day instead of watching t.v. or playing online games. Or tell your dog that she’ll get a walk at least four days a week.
Track your accomplishments:
It’s better to track your success physically so you can see it and realize your successes along the way. You could make notes that you keep with your project. – maybe a simple paper marked with the dates and amount of time you were able to spend on stitching or walking every day. Consider a spreadsheet that keeps track of your finished projects (that’s how I did mine this year!)
If you accomplish your goal, pat yourself on the back. If you accomplish even PART of your goal, pat yourself on the back! You started, you persevered and you’ve succeeded!