I make a lot of plans. I like to plan. I even have a job where I help other people make plans. When I plan and do it right I find I have a whole lot more time to do other things, and I find I work more creatively all around. For me a plan is nothing more than a map of where I want to go, what I want to get done.
I haven’t been planning for spinning, so I’m not getting as much done as I’d like to. Part of my problem is that I want my spinning to live in the land of spontaneity, to only spin when I’m moved to spin, 100% inspiration. Nice thought, but that’s not how to get lots of things accomplished.
The other part of my problem is what happens when something you love becomes your job. Yes, it is wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for any other job, but it is still work. With work, for me, comes a certain bratty stubbornness on some days that says, “I don’t wanna” and a certain amount of procrastination. I know it’s silly, but there it is.
I am determined to get get a hold of my spinning and get more done.
So I’m going to plan for my spinning.
My spinning has two categories right now:
Deadline spinning – spinning for Knittyspin, spinning for this blog, spinning for SpinDoctor, spinning to knit for patterns.
Non-ish Deadline Spinning – spinning for 2012 Goals, practicing things I’ve learned in classes, holiday gift spinning, spinning for classes I want to teach and general experimenting.
This week I’m going to decide what I’m going to spin for April and May, leaving wiggle room for emergency deadlines and just play spinning.
The what and the date due for Deadline Spinning are pretty much set, but the when is what I need to focus on, giving myself more time than I usually do to spin with intention. All is up for grabs for Non Deadline Spinning, but I need to limit myself here on the what or I’ll feel overwhelmed by what is supposed to be relaxing and fun.
It may sound really restricting to plan like this, but for me it’s very freeing. I don’t constantly have to remember deadlines and I know what my next choices are. Because there are always choices.
Remember I think about all of this like using a map* on a road trip. I know where I want to get and by when, Deadline Spinning is strictly interstate driving and Non Deadline Spinning is blue highway driving, maybe even some dirt roads. Everything that happens between start and finish is the fun part.
How to you plan to get spinning done?
* I still use maps for everything. I have a GPS, but I argue with it – not enough options and not a big enough picture.