Plans are good. I encourage having a plan. But being able to adjust your plans can be an essential part of bringing any plan to completion. Whew. Did I get enough plan into that sentence?
Plans Don’t Pan Out
I was sick this week. By Tuesday evening it was clear it was a little more than irritated sinuses. Wednesday required extra sleep and although I worked on my current project, I tore out what I did on Thursday.
I’m a pretty diligent worker so I found all sorts of things that were in my plans that I could tackle, or tackle parts of, and I had a productive week.
- Pattern drafts were updated,
- Chinchero Mini was updated (customers alerted),
- I added seven techniques to and updated two techniques, bringing my techniques database to 212 techniques,
- Lots of photos for those techniques,
- A couple social media posts went up,
- I learned how to update the Techniques Menu and Topic Tables,
- Updated all the Technique Tables, and
- I got a pattern off to the Tech Editor.
I wish I had spent the time before this to get more posts lined up for this sort of situation. New plan. Get a month ahead with at least some of my posts.
I usually knit about 20 grams an evening. If I had an evening this week where I did knit that much, it was ripped back. I am now going forward again, but I had to put it aside last night. Martini night. The full-size trial piece of the New Chinchero Hat is not finished as planned. Not the end of the world. Errors were found, and I am now shipping yarn for someone else to knit the sample. I’m ready to make another idea happen with the scallops!
Upheld by Routine and Past Jill
While I dragged through the week, days unfolded as they always do. I was pleased with being able to create meals without effort because of earlier planning, and that each day starts with some easy wins by just doing my chores. Laundry gets done, things get put away (except in my office), yogurt is made, dishes are done. I had to cancel the cleaner because I didn’t want to share my germs, and that I regret, but Nicole will be here Monday, as planned.
The Music Hour, A Planning Boon
On Mondays and Fridays it is 90-minutes, or “extended”. Other weeknights it is from 5 pm to 6 pm. Mitch plays LPs on his turntable while he reads and I usually do editing at the dining room table. It is such a great time for wrapping up my day, and because I have to plan for it (to be on the main floor), hugely productive. I bring my files down and usually do editing or writing.
Although there are approximately 12 linear feet of LPs from earlier days, it is fun to buy things that are new to us, or that we want to hear non-digitally. Most of the existing collection was collected from the 60s through the 80s. When did CDs take over (we have those too). I remember how Mitch used to end a rough day or week by stopping at Tower Records on his way home from work.
Living With Plans
Mitch lives by his plans. He’s not terrifically flexible and become put out when I consider plans to be suggestions. He cannot believe the casual relationship I have with my calendar. He mostly keeps the calendar these days.
I fill out an order form for bread and a minimum of two days are required. Every day he makes his list and checks things off. I rarely make a formal list, but as you can see, things get done.
Holiday cards ordered!