Overwhelmed? There is no remedy to stress. There are, however, things I may do to minimize the level a bit–this is a part of a new change I’ve mentioned beginning of the year.
Today, I took some time to sit down and write out areas of my life that are unstable. I plan to brainstorm ideas to provide more stability…and make a firm commitment to act on them, accompanied by a concrete schedule over the coming weeks. Yes. I really do want more stability than before. It is a great way to take the first step towards a more stable, actualized life.
Let’s face it: there are plenty of days when I don’t feel like sketching, designing, creating, testing, researching…what I should be working on. When I’ve got a big project facing me, whether that be a test knit, shop sample, or whatever…I get intimidated. I procrastinate.
During search for a management tool to hold myself accountable, to someone else, for the changes set in motion, I came across this project planning technique and immediately thought that it would be a good organizational and motivational tool for my craft projects too.
It is call personal kanban. You may have heard of it in relation to manufacturing and software development. Kanban is a Japanese technique of pulling WIPs towards end result (as opposed to a push system.)
The blog explains everything I need to understand with sticky-notes. I plan to create a visual board with just a sheet of paper and small post-its for my WIPs and queued projects (back-log.) The goal is to find my optimal number of WIPs I may manage without feeling overwelmed or bored. It recommends starting with 3 or 5.
I see the kanban system has applications in almost every area of life. How would you adopt its principle? Or, do you have an effective, impacting system already in place?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)