How to Create a Crochet Plan

Posted by on August 3, 2016 in Business | 2 comments

Do you have so many projects you want to make that don’t know where to begin? Or so many patterns you can’t find the one you’re looking for? Or so much yarn that you own a small yarn store right in your basement? (yes, this is me!) It’s time to create a plan, a crochet plan, so you can accomplish those crochet dreams. It’s time to get organized so you can stay on track!

 

How to Create a Crochet Plan - Get organized, make a plan, and stay focused.

 

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One of the things I’ve been focusing on most this year is planning. Whether it’s my business, life with 5 of my children still living at home, or just my daily to-do list…. I just can’t seem to remember everything I need to do! Most days I felt scattered. One week I would focus on one thing and tune out everything else I should be working on. Then a week or two later I’d switch it up and focus on what I had neglected, ignoring the things I had made progress on. I wanted to make all the pieces of my life fit together like a puzzle, but in order to do that I had to come up with a plan. It’s definitely not an overnight change – although it would be nice to wake up tomorrow and all of a sudden be totally organized!

 

Create a Crochet Plan

 

If you’re ready to get organized, creating a plan can help! I’m going to call this a “crochet plan.” It’s kind of like a life plan, or a business plan, because it’ll be directly related to your crochet business/hobby. A good crochet plan will be organized, have priorities, and will give you a clear direction on what needs to be done. So, what do you need to do to make this crochet plan?

Get Organized – First decide what you want to accomplish. If you want to make sure you make certain patterns, then you need to organize your patterns. If you want to stop being a yarn hoarder, you’ll need to organize your yarn stash. Most importantly, no matter what part of your crochet life you’re working on, get a notebook or planner and organize your thoughts. I personally am using the Erin Condren Life Planner along with Your Best Year planner.

Prioritize – Determine what your priorities are… make sure you add family. While it’s not a “crochet” item, it is more important than any other work you will ever do. Decide how much time you need to devote to family, work, and then crochet (unless crochet is your work). Block off scheduled amounts of time for each.

Charting Your Course – You need a plan because “winging it” just doesn’t work when you’re talking about goals. Write long term (3 years) and short term (3 months) goals. Then write a weekly to-do list and keep it updated daily. Don’t put more than 5 things on your list at a time because you don’t want to discourage yourself with a list that feels like it will never end. That may actually set you up for failure. On my to-do list, I stick with 3 personal and 3 business.

Revisit Your Goals – Planning is great, but follow through is what gives us the progress we need. Make sure you revisit your goals monthly (weekly is better). The more you can remind yourself of what you have set out to do, the more likely you are to achieve your goals. Remember: A plan is only as good as those who see it through. 

Don’t Give Up – Evaluate your progress monthly. It sounds like a lot, but commit for one year. You will have some valuable knowledge and insight to look back on at the end of that year. Be committed to reaching those goals and no matter what, don’t give up! If you’re struggling to stay on track, revisit your goals more often, even daily if that’s what it takes. And if you feel like you’ve gotten off track, hit refresh but don’t reset and start over.

 

Goal Setting

 

These are my June results and my new goals for August. (Our family vacation was in July so I skipped it)

I thought about not doing this anymore – I’m not sure anyone cares about my goals but me – but I committed to this for the entire 2016 year, so I’m going to follow through. At the end of the year I want to be able to sit down and truly evaluate what worked, what didn’t, and what I still need to work on.

 

JUNE GOALS: 

  1. Track income and expenses.
    Only tracked my business income (not business expenses, or personal income & expenses).
  2. Finish creating editorial calendar for 2016.
    Planned out for the next 6-8 weeks.
  3. Create new file/doc for customers (It’s still a secret).
    Moved to August.
  4. Create 2 new patterns to publish.
    Vintage 60’s Shawl is the only new pattern I’ve published since May.
  5. Finish and publish 2 unfinished patterns.
    Fail…
  6. Publish 10 blog posts.
    Nope. I was on vacation for the first 2 weeks in July and I didn’t have enough posts planned ahead of time.
  7. Spend 10-15 min/3x day on social media growth.
    Growth Goals:
    Blog Newsletter – 1,215 to 1,300 – 1,245
    Facebook – 6,831 – 7K – 6,918
    Pinterest – 5,339 to 7k – 6,094
    Twitter – 620 – 700 – 638
    Instagram – 195 – 300 – 245
    While I didn’t hit the numbers I wanted, I stuck to the 10-15 minutes a day/3x a day on social media. I didn’t spend hours like I have in the past. So, I feel like this was an accomplishment.
  8. Get back on track with my goals that I made using my Your Best Year 2016 planner.
    Making progress but I’m not crossing this off because I want to do even better.
  9. Create new chore chart for my kids.
    Moved to August.
  10. Finish unpacking.
    Moved to August.

My #1 priority for June was tracking expenses and income – both personal and business and I didn’t do it. The only tracking I did was my daily business income. I will revisit this goal for August and hopefully have it crossed off!

What worked – My attitude. I am also learning to give myself some grace so I won’t get so discouraged. Then I just keep trying.

What didn’t work – Not taking my list seriously enough and putting things off until later or another time. I need to make a better daily plan for my time and I need to keep my long term goals front and center so I have that daily reminder.

 

AUGUST

DAILY GOALS:

  1. Personal/Business Development
  2. Review my monthly goal list daily
  3. Track my business income daily
  4. Track my personal expenses daily
  5. Workout

 

MONTHLY GOALS:

  1. Track income and expenses daily.
  2. Finish creating editorial calendar for 2016.
  3. Create new file/doc for customers (It’s still a secret).
  4. Create 2 new patterns to publish.
  5. Finish and publish 2 unfinished patterns.
  6. Publish 10 blog posts.
  7. Spend 10-15 min/3x day on social media growth.
    Growth Goals:
    Blog Newsletter – 1,245 to 1,300
    Facebook – 6,918 – 7K
    Pinterest – 6,094 to 7k
    Twitter – 638 – 700
    Instagram – 245 – 300
  8. Stay on track with the goals that I made in YBY planner.
  9. Create new chore chart for my kids.
  10. Finish unpacking.

My #1 priority for August is tracking expenses and income daily – both personal and business.

 

Do you have a crochet plan? Now is a great time to put one in place before the Christmas rush is upon us!

Remember: Don’t give up! Every day is a chance to try again.

 

Happy Crocheting!

2 Comments

  1. You are an inspiration to me. I take you crochet comments and apply them to my life full of family, church, quilting, knitting and other hobbies I never seem to find enough time to pursue. Organization with a plan that goes longer than a week will be a huge step for me and I take much encouragement from your blog. Thanks!

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