The Inspiration has been making disruptive incursions on Actual Sewing for several months now. This summer, the Ideas finally ran completely amok, leaving a disorientating shock-and-awe of Mess which punched me in the face the second I re-entered the room after my holidays. I've been nursing my bloodied nose with Knitting ever since, while Sewing has been out cold.
We now find ourselves backed into this corner:
Knee deep and sinking in a desperate confusion of inaccessible clutter. Glancing under the desk set off panic systems, as the suppressed trauma of drowning in an unmanageable, un-prioritised profusion of planned projects suddenly surfaced. Organisational capabilities seem to be in shutdown.
Semi-conscious hallucinations of notions, stationery, supplies and stash swill around my tortured mind before I push them back to the depths of the denial whence they emerged.
|Behold the shadowy colours of denial.|
No - I can't - stagger - ... eurghhh ...
That's the sound of my motivation, dying.
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This kind of showdown is a sewist's occupational hazard, right? We all know and understand how it happens. Do you, too, get to the point where you just can't take it any more?
I've been thinking about a solution, and - although we all craft in different spaces and situations - I think in essence it's pretty universal. It's this:
- Get organised.
- Stay organised.
- Don't think more than one project ahead.
Would you agree?
It doesn't cover everything, of course: the other big challenge is maintaining self-discipline in the face of inspiration overload. For that I think we surely each need to find our own way of diffusing the urge to Do All the Projects! And All the Patterns! With All the Fabric! For now, this is mine:
- Ideas are fun!
- But ideas do not always have to be executed.
- They also don't have to go on a To Do list.
- Nor do they necessarily need blog sharing in sewing-plan format.
- Blog sharing just for fun is ok though! (See point 1).
What about you - what's yours?
How do you manage your ideas and your space and to keep your sewjo alive?
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* um, in my dreams?