January 7, 2014

Goals and schedules...

That's what I'm thinking about today - goals for 2013, 2014 and schedules.  Every year I draft a list of quilt business related goals for the year.  For 2013, I had 17 goals.  I know that meeting them all is a bit unrealistic, but I record them anyway as a way to remind myself of what I really want to do.  I met 9 of my 17 goals fully and 2 partially.  Not the greatest percentage, but, since I am a recovering perfectionist, I try not to beat myself up about these things. I do also believe in taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves.  I never would have imagined, at this time last year, that I'd have the chance to be on Quilting Arts TV!  The time invested in taking advantage of that opportunity may have contributed to my not meeting a goal, but I am completely sure that it was the right choice.  That was a real "out of my comfort zone" thing for me to do and I am so glad I did it.

For 2014, I have identified 13 goals.  I must admit, the only thing really challenging about most of these goals is the time required to get them done.  Which brings me to the schedules part of my thoughts.

I am trying to set up a schedule for both my personal life and my quilting life that will enable me to get everything done.  That's a tall order I know.  I'm trying to be sure to include things like working on my financial records on a consistent basis throughout the year instead of doing most of it at the end of the year :)  I'm also trying to add exercise into my life (again).  All I have to do is convince myself that going to the gym at 6:30 am is really what I want to do :)  Now that my younger daughter finally has her driver's license, at least I won't have to be picking her up from work at 12:30 am, so that should help!

One goal that I will be disappointed if I don't meet is to submit a book proposal to a publisher.  I have wanted to write a book for a long time - since before I began writing patterns even.  I have several ideas running around in my head and I need to set the time aside (see schedule above) to think things through and sort them out into a viable proposal and then, write it!  Even the thought makes me a bit nervous, but I CAN do it.

So, how about you?  Have you set any goals for the year?  Are any of them real stretches for you?  I know 2014 is going to be a fantastic year!

6 comments:

  1. Isn't time -not enough, usually-the biggest snaffu to a good goal list! I wish you the time you need to do what your really want.
    My 2014 goal list is just the 'leftovers' I didn't get to in 2013--I WILL finish all the UFO's I will! dang it! :)
    love the 'recovering perfectionist' I see me in that description & it brought a smile.

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  2. I do have goals for 2014. I should write them down to keep myself in check, but they are all in my 'head' right now! Some get nudged out through the year when I see other great quilting projects and think I have to try that! Good luck with your 2014 year! Yes, you can write a book. I know it would be well received and a totally awesome one!

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  3. I just went through the same process myself. In trying to get a business started it's so easy to get side tracked by life when you work from home. Time management is a big goal for me this year so I can get more of the things that matter accomplished. I wish you the best and will look forward to your sharing the book process. It's something that has crossed my mind too. Good luck.

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  4. Hey you sound a bit like me! I love lists and schedules for keeping everything balanced and on track. You know what they say - how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. You'll reach your goals one step at a time too. :-)

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  5. I hope you meet those goals or at least your favourite of them. The gym is a good idea too, that is one of my goals.

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  6. I make a top 10 list of crafty goals for the year, started last year. It really works to keep those things at the front of my mind. Writing them down really makes a difference!

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