The last quarter of 2016 was the first time I set down and made a list of goals and was successful in completing most of them. So, this has me thinking, what about this list made me so successful? I've made lists in the past and was quite happy to ignore all those neatly numbered items. Last time was different. Why? Because without really noticing what I was doing, I didn't just write down goals, I also wrote down a plan.
Dave the Quilt Engineer loves to listen to audio books about leadership, motivation and achieving goals and usually plays them when we go on long car trips. I'll be honest I'm usually sitting in the passenger seat, running tunes through my head, bored. Although, I must be paying attention more than what I think I am. I do recall hearing a statistic that most successful people do not just set goals, but map out the the steps they need to take to reach those goals. Which makes sense. If you are heading to the west coast from the east coast, you will get there quicker if you look at a map instead of driving aimlessly and hoping to get there.
When I say a plan, it could be a detailed two page dissection of every single thing that needs to be done, or just as simple as piece, quilt and bind. Just something to keep track of the steps to completing your goal. Crossing off those simple tasks will feel just as good as crossing off that final project.
My list of goals for this quarter include quite a bit of quilting quilts. UFO's from the beginning of my quilting
Looking at those pictures can help me decide if a quilt will receive a personalized custom quilting or a good ol' overall design.
So I ask you, if you have set goals for yourself, yearly, quarterly or monthly have you actually wrote down the steps you need to take to finish the goal(s)?