Do you have Start-itis? You know - where you
start a project but never seem to quite wrap it up?
It's not exactly procrastination. Heck, I can start a new project everyday.
It's the follow-through that's the challenge.
And, really, isn't that what Life is all about?
So, what's the solution?
1. As simple as this sounds, stop starting new projects. Learn to say (shout!) "NO!" when a fascinating new craft or decorating idea pops into your head. Write it down in your Creative Ideas notebook for later action.
2. Stay away from flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops for one month. I can't believe I just typed that. Like an addict, avoid the places that are most tempting.
3. Organize the projects you currently have in the works starting with the ones that will take the shortest time to complete and ending with the biggest project. Write them on a chalkboard as a reminder to keep you focused.
4. Make a list of the supplies you need to finished the first project on the list. And only the first project. Yes, it would be more efficient to buy the supplies you need to complete the entire list but we're focusing here, people.
5. Don't erase the projects as you complete them, draw a line through them. That way you can physically see what you have finished and it will help you stay motivated.
6. At this point in your Finish-itis Metamorphosis it's time to do something that we crafters and DIYers dread like the plague: write off the projects that, in your heart, you know you're not ever going to finish.
♥ Get a large, sturdy box
♥ set it in your sewing/craft room or area
♥ fill it with that scarf you didn't complete because you didn't like the way it was turning out and the fabric scraps you were collecting to some day make an amazing wall hanging and the cross stitch patterns that you were going to get around to using and the sweaters that some day you were going to turn into stuffed animals and the little stool with the broken leg that you need to repair before decoupaging it and the - you get the picture.
♥ Load the box in your car, drive it to your favorite non-profit thrift shop, unload it at their back door (don't go in!) and drive home with the satisfaction of knowing that some other crafter/DIYer will squeal with delight when they come across your box of odds and ends for sale.
Jeremy Statton says, "The hardest part (of a job) is getting started."
I disagree. It is hard to start a new job/project but
the hardest part of a job/project is finishing it.