Four full months remain in the year 2011. Time flies! Anything you wanted to get done in 2011 and haven’t done it yet? Better get busy!
Keep reading . . there’s a stashbusting challenge in here somewhere!
In the past when I’ve talked about setting goals, many have responded that they do not set goals because it’s too stressful and because of the fear of not meeting the goals and feeling like a failure. I don’t see it that way. I’m a goal oriented person. I set lots of goals for myself each day – get the cloths folded before the song on the iPod ends; finish a chore before the dryer goes off or get the upstairs dusted and the dishwasher unpacked before the oven timer goes off. I do those little “games” or goals all day and instead of feeling stressed to get things done, it seems like a fun game to me. Do I meet all my goals all day? No! Half the time I forget what the goal was . . I’ll get finished folding the clothes and think “I was supposed to get these clothes folded before what happened?” It doesn’t matter to me . . it’s just how I get through the day.
If setting goals is frustrating for you and if you think you might do better with goals, try looking at them as a fun challenge instead of seeing it as a situation where you either win or lose. Think about high school and college sports. In every game, there’s a winner and a loser. Maybe I’m not a big enough sports fan but I never think of the losing team as being a loser per se. It’s just a fun way to enjoy a game. If there weren’t two teams, there wouldn’t be much of a game and if no one took a chance in the game, there would be no winner, no loser, no entertainment for anyone.
If you’re not a goal setter and if I can’t convince you to set goals, then the remainder of this post may not interest you.
We have four months remaining in 2011. Want to double down and see how much fabric you can use the last four months of this year? As I was thinking of how we can motivate ourselves to stay on track to finish this year, I figure we have three choices:
- In the next four months, we can use half as much fabric as we’ve used this year to date. Use in four months what you’ve used in four months. The last four months have some big holidays but the days will be shorter and cooler and for many, gardening chores are winding down. This should be pretty do-able!
- Use the same amount of fabric as you’ve used year to date. Use in four months what you’ve used in eight months. Depending on how diligent you’ve been with your stashbusting, this may be more difficult for some but if you’ve been halfheartedly busting the stash, this might be an option for you. Get those numbers where you want them before the end of the year.
- Use twice as much fabric as you’ve already used. This means doubling down and getting very serious about the stashbusting!
I kinda feel like the girl who’s just taken a long nap, waking up at 10 p.m. and wanting everyone else to get busy . . and they’ve been diligently working all afternoon. My stashbusting efforts have been kinda weak . . I had a reason but still, I want to end the year with better totals.
My goal is to use twice as much fabric as I’ve already used this year. That means I need to use 400 yards by the end of the year . . 100 yards per month — probably impossible but I’ll give it my best shot and if, in the next four months, I end up using the same amount of fabric I’ve used year to date (200 yards), I’ll be happy or heck, if I end up using only 100 yards, I’ll still be happy.
I don’t know what the next four months will bring. We may buy a house and build a sewing studio and move again or we may stay here and live out of boxes for the next four months. I’m not going to let that stop me from setting a goal and doing my best to meet that goal.
What about you? Are you going to take the challenge? Are you going to work harder to have great stashbusting numbers by the end of 2011?
Obviously, if your stash is a size you’re happy with, then you don’t need to work so hard to bust the stash but if your stash is too big and you want to use it up so you can buy more fabric, then get busy and let’s get those numbers up!