This is the start of a new chapter for me, so it is a good time to look at what I’ve done and review what I had in my strategies posts before this. I think I will find that this is a good time to reframe some of my strategies, but first a review.
My Strategies Posts
Planning and Staying to Plan. I am planning and, for the most part, staying to plan but leaving some flexibility in it because of life. I continue to struggle with getting it written down; I tend to make notes, but not be very organized. I recently admitted to being a mental slob. I think I need to roll with that because it is unlikely to change. This will always be my normal! Grade 3
Starting New Projects. I intentionally began new and really big projects this year: Online education, beginning to redo my pattern catalog, updating my website. These new project have lead to needing to reframe some of what I had been doing, and so some things had to be archived, and others put aside entirely. That book I’ve been working on has morphed into curriculum. It may someday be a text book, and it may never get printed. I have done really well on focusing on these three things. Grade 3.5
Deadlines. Setting realistic deadlines and meeting them is going well. I still have trouble keeping distant deadlines in perspective—it fails to register that they are getting nearer! But I’m using wall calendars and that really helps to see ahead. I need to get the second half of the year on the wall. I think I’ve surprised myself at how well I’ve done on this one. There is always room for improvement. Grade 4.0
Mapping out Plans. Of all the things, I am so bad at this. Revise that. I am so bad at documenting this! I actually think things through pretty well, but I let it rattle around in my head instead of writing it down. To acknowledge that I’ve made real progress, Grade 3.25
Reading. Apparently I’m not really interested in much of the reading I think I should be doing. I plan to read things that will make me a better person, better marketer, better business person and, the reality? I’m not going to do it. I have been reading things about color, knitting (and doing book reviews!), fashion, and fiber, all of which I love, so screw the rest. Reading broadly, material that pleases me, is the new goal. I always read a lot, so even if I wasn’t growing as a person, my Grade 3.75
Improving Photography. Without judgment about what more I could/need to do, I have really done this one. I have done so well that when I asked Mitch for a new iPhone 7 to get the better camera I didn’t feel guilty! What I need to do going forward is to add video. I think if I can get my desktop operating system to upgrade, that I might be able to do the editing more easily. I really don’t want to do it on my phone, but it is crazy easy to shoot a video there! If I don’t get the video solved, I can’t keep this Grade 4.0
Consistency. In some ways I totally nail this one, but there are also ways that I totally don’t. Let’s start with how I don’t:
- I don’t do things I don’t want to
- I haven’t been running consistently
- I allow internal deadlines to slip
- I don’t plan properly
- I fail to see the big calendar picture.
But there are the ways I do:
- If I commit, it gets done
- I have good follow through
- I meet external deadlines
- I stick to plans
I’m not certain I can do better on this. Grade 3.25
2016 Strategies Added
I had other things that I put on my list in 2016, so let’s look at those.
Drawing. Basically, I gave this up in order to do preparation for online workshops and courses. I’m sad because it gave me real pleasure, but I can only jam so much into my days. I either need to take this off the list, or figure out a way to integrate it. Grade 0
Knitting. I knit nearly every day, that isn’t the issue. I thought I should be knitting during my work day. I will only do that if I need something quickly for a blog post or video. I have no interest in doing more. I do let myself quit work early to get a little more evening knitting done. I’m going to take this off the list. It isn’t relevant right now. Grade 3.5
Doing Tasks I’m Not Thrilled About. I seem to have little desire to change my behavior, although I’d like better results. I’ve tried to shift my thinking, I put it on my calendar, but I just don’t do it. Mitch helps, and I want to be better, but I don’t see it really changing. I think I need to reframe this to get a different result. Grade
Following a Marketing Plan. As long as we can consider jotted notes and post its on the calendar a marketing plain, I have made strides. My wall calendar helps. I need to be better about actually documenting it, but I do seem to be following a plan. I want to make this more coherent, but for now, Grade 3.5
Good Intentions. I am making excellent progress on paving my way to hell. See, Doing Tasks above. I am trying to keep my Jill Wolcott Knits intentions to a low level, and only do what I can actually act on. I want to improve my timing: I do too much work at the last moment because I haven’t acknowledged how much time it will take, or how the deadline is approaching. I’m not going to grade this alone, but I’m lowering my grade on Doing Tasks.
Blog-Social Media. I am very consistent here. It is so public I am afraid to do otherwise! I have worked at finding what I can do with pleasure so I don’t fall into the dread Doing Tasks category! I have enjoyed doing the Color of the Day posts on Instagram. I do my two-a-week blog posts mostly with joy, and I like my newsletter and would do it more often if I had the time. I am okay at checking in on my Ravelry group, and I check on Facebook, but don’t really engage there as much as I could. I think I need a better picture of my goals. I am beginning a series of monthly posts for Anzula. Grade 4
I am going to check back next Friday with how I resolve this. I’ve done it, but this is way too long! Thanks for listening, this was really helpful.