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Crafter’s New Year’s Resolutions

I am not one to set New Year’s Resolutions.

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New Year’s Resolutions are basically an outline for my future failures. By the third week in January, I’m no longer eating healthy, I’m using a credit card again, and I’ve usually only been to the gym once. If anything, New Year’s Resolutions entice a defiant fire within me. I’ve never achieved a single one of them.

But I live in crafting. Everything I do revolves around something crafty, and there are so many things I need to improve. So I’m stepping out of my no resolutions rule and laying a few craft goals out for myself. If you’re a crafter, you’ll probably agree on many of them.

Exit Strategy: I will have an exit strategy for everything I make. Twice this year I’ve opened a low drawer in the closet in my craft room and had to move over 20 crochet mug cozies out of the way to get the craft bags. Those 20 cozies were a direct result of my ADD meeting a netflix binge – needed to do something with my hands, needed to finish watching Blue Collar but with zero need for 20+ crochet mug cozies, especially since I don’t drink coffee.

Take time to Learn: I was so excited to buy the fuse tool – everyone on all of my planner groups was using it to make cool stuff for their planners and I needed it. I bought all of the fuse accessories you can imagine. I joined multiple facebook groups and created a pinterest board and used my fuse tool twice before getting the new cameo silhouette which literally feels like college algebra trying to learn it, and now the fuse tool collects dust. I need to focus, learn and use one tool or technique before moving on to the next one.

Organize to avoid duplication: I can not tell you how many times I’ve ran out to buy modpodge or hot glue sticks because I didn’t think I had any only to find out that somehow it was hidden behind a stack of cardstock. The first thing I’ll be buying is this revolving craft organizer and several more organizer cubes from hobby lobby.

Set aside specific craft time: My craft room and my office are the same room – which means when I’m working, I can’t help but drag out a few craft supplies between tasks, and at the end of the day, I have a ton of different craft supplies on my desk, an unfinished craft, and a mountain of actual work tasks that accumulated. At night, when I’m not working, I often feel guilty if I’m in my craft room and my family is out in the rest of the house without me. I need to designate myself some guilt free craft time.

Plan, plan, plan: I love using planners, and there is no reason why I’m not getting really planny about my crafting. Based on the awesome planning success I’ve had in the past, I have reason to believe I’d be able to get a whole lot more crafting done if I’d plan it all out 🙂

Honestly, I could probably list about 20 more but again, I’d probably just be setting myself up to fail – these few crafter’s resolutions are plenty enough for me for 2017.

Any you’d add?

 

P.S. If you’re a planner with a focus on health, check out the healthy planner printable.

 

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  1. Reply
    candy
    January 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Been there done every single one of these items you talk about. Getting organized helped me tons.

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    Gabby
    January 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I so totally can relate. My office, hobbies, and *organizers* all in one room. I laugh at organizers as they are mostly empty. My NY resolurtion – Master The Disaster – and get all my crafting in one area. Wish me luck 🙂

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