January 1st, 2009

Out With a Bang!

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I’m not a big fan of resolutions.  I know I need to eat better, work out more, etc.  I do enjoy the reflectiveness of the end/beginning of the year.  I’m a big list person too.  My to-do list keeps me focused, organized and gives me a sense of control over our crazy work and personal life.  I keep my lists and notes in a small notebook and our schedule is in an old fashioned calendar.  I’ve yet to embrace 2009 technology that tools such as my Blackberry offer.   Not sure I ever will, but maybe the impending iPhone purchase will change my habits.  Unlikely, but if I’ve learned one thing it’s never to say never.

2008 was a really good year for the business and our family.  Not that we didn’t have our share of curveballs to contend with but in looking back, the good far outweighed the not-so-good and for me, that’s really all I can ask for.  I am very optimistic about the year to come, inevitable curveballs and all.

I do have a list of goals for the year, some personal, some professional.   One is to knit and crochet more.  This is truly a by-product of a much bigger issue I need to tackle and that’s time and balance.  There’s not enough time and/or I’m not using what time I have wisely enough – truly it’s a bit of both.  Then there’s the balance issue.  Lot of work to be done there.  If any of you have suggestions, please feel free to share.

One project I’ve decided to take on this year (see how well I’m doing already with the time/balance thing?) is a 365 photo stream.  I’m going to be attempting this from the perspective of the store/yarn etc.   Hopefully it will be fun and interesting.  Some of the pictures may overlap on the blog, that’s okay.  I may toss a video in now and again, that’s okay too.  I’m sure I’ll miss a few days over the course of the next 364 – totally okay with that.  I’ll be posting a link in the next few days.

We did end the year with a bang – literally.  We had a small incident at the store last night, when someone came barreling through the parking lot either too fast or with one too many cocktails in them or a bit of both.  They lost control of their car, dinged the building where our office is – no yarn was harmed.  They must not have been either, which is a good thing, since they just kept on going.

Not a huge deal other than the impact set off the alarm and thus interrupted our NYE dinner plans.  Nobody was hurt, damage is minor and we went to Plan B on dinner which turned out just perfectly.

I want to jump back to my plan to knit and crochet more this year for a moment.  One of the things I plan to do this weekend is to pull out all of my UFO’s and make a list.  I have got to get them under control.  I am almost afraid to see how many there are.  I’m great at starting projects and I am the worst at seeing them through to completion.  I’ve got a serious ADD issue when it comes to projects that I have to deal with.  I’m going to photograph all of the projects and hopefully over the course of the year get them done.  Posting about it here will hopefully keep me on track.

What are your goals for the year?  Anyone else being overrun by UFO’s?

Happy New Year!

Kathy

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8 Responses to “Out With a Bang!”

  1. Sherri Says:

    I had a pile of WIPs that were matched only by the size of the pile of laundry waiting…but we won’t get into that.

    I gave myself a personal challenge of 2 weeks. How many could I finish in the 2 week break I had at Christmas.

    I surprised even myself. Give it a try – a short period of time is much easier to commit to. If you need to take a break at the end, so be it. Then do another two weeks.

  2. Deborah (aka Mt. Mom) Says:

    Ravelry has helped me with knowing how many projects I have going. I occasionally officially put one in “hibernation” status, and move it to a different basket in my knitting area. The basket nearest my chair is only for relatively “active” projects.

    About the time/balance thing: I have some thoughts, but I want to think through how to write them…. Mostly have to do with honoring a stop-time each day and each week (Sabbath-time). These habits have helped/are still helping me develop my sense of how much time there actually is to spend — does that communicate?

  3. sarah-marie Says:

    Kathy, you know that I’m a total techie. And I adore my iPhone. But I still keep my lists in a journal (blank book) and I still keep my appointments and activities in a planner/calendar. The big differences the iPhone made for me were
    (1) the address book on the computer syncs with the one on the phone, so I actually have phone numbers and email addresses with me
    (2) I actually call people and take calls occasionally
    (3) I don’t worry about trying to find wireless wherever I go to check my email nor do I lug my laptop where I’m unlikely to need it; I just check my email on the iPhone instead.

    In the more-than-a-decade of trying, I’ve had no success with the time/balance problem. In the last couple of years, I have managed to be less stressed by it, though. That I attribute to using a modified form of Getting Things Done (I think Forbes Library has a copy), which you may or may not find useful.

  4. kathy Says:

    Also, incorporating the word “no” into my vocabulary would probably help me quite a bit 🙂

  5. June Says:

    I’m definitely with you on the UFO/WIP resolution for the year 2009! Add in the additional hobby of spinning and I’ve got a real mountain! But, it will be scaled one way or another. . .

  6. turtleknits Says:

    I am SO with you on the UFOs (and the project ADD). Here’s to some finishing in 2009!

  7. Deb Weissman Says:

    I think the biggest aid to balancing time is the JUST SAY NO option. It’s really hard to say no, especially to things you’ve done for a long time. But once you get the first couple of no’s out, it does get easier. I worked on this over this past year — I said no to leading a team at church, no to baking for several church suppers, no to several committees at school, and no to several social opportunities. Instead I’ve been able to say yes to more ME time, and yes to more US time, and therefore much less STRESS time.

  8. kathy Says:

    Deb – I do think this is the key, at least for me. Trying to be less committed is something I need to work on. It’s encouraging to read you were not only successful, but that it made a difference. Thanks for sharing.

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