Reaching Out, One Stitch At a Time

Preparing for the Holidays

Holidays – they come from out of nowhere, and they sneak up on us fast – especially if you’re a gift maker. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll still be crocheting on Christmas Eve. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!) This year it’s time to get it together and create a plan so that you won’t have to do the scramble to finish – or worse, go shopping because you don’t have time to crochet that gift after all.

Preparing for the Holidays - Tips to make sure  you have time for all your gift making this holiday season.

 

 

Goal setting and planning are two things I’ve been working hard on this year. Trying to find more hours in a day so you can do more is great, but it doesn’t work. Being more intentional with your time is what will help you accomplish everything on your to-make list this season.

 

Preparing for the Holidays

 

I mentioned I’m a Christmas Eve crocheter. It never fails! It’s usually my kids’ gifts – they are so very patient with me!  f 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?

 

Let’s Get Organized – Make two lists of gifts you want to make for Christmas. The first one will be a definite list – a list of those that you absolutely want to make something for. The second will be a dream list – a list of people you would love to make something for if you have time. If you also take orders and sell items, make sure you set a cut off date. You will then want to add those items to your list. These lists will serve multiple purposes. Not only will they help you have a visual to keep you on track, but they will help with planning and budgeting for your yarn purchases.

If you have no idea how to keep track of what is going on in your life, get a notebook or planner. I personally use the Erin Condren Life Planner to keep track of business and family to-do’s. Then I use my Your Best Year planner for organizing all my blogging ideas and tasks.

Set Your Priorities – Once you have a list of all the items you want and need to make, put them in order of priority. Are your gifts or your orders more important? Only you can determine that. Are you going to make one list and organize the projects by priority? Or are you going to have 2 separate lists? If you have 2 separate lists, make sure you don’t neglect one while working on the other.

Start Now – Don’t wait until the end of October, or worst Thanksgiving to start working on those projects. Now that you’re organized and you have your list, start now. You’ll set yourself in motion and you’ll be able to keep going through the crazy, hectic holidays.

Revisit Your List Weekly – Planning is great, but if we don’t follow through we’re not making any progress. Revisit your gift/order list at least once a week. The more you remind yourself of what you have set out to do, the more likely you are to finish on time, and maybe even in advance.  

 

Goal Setting

 

To sum up August – it was a crazy whirlwind! Some things got done better than I imagined and other things didn’t get done at all. I’m still sticking with my original plan of writing these goals out and keeping track of them – even if no one else reads them. I committed to this for the entire 2016 year, so bear with me. At the end of the year I want to be able to sit down and truly evaluate not only what worked but also what I need to tweak for next year.

 

 

AUGUST

 

DAILY GOALS:

  1. Personal/Business Development Almost every day!
  2. Review my monthly goal list daily
  3. Track my business income dailyBeen using Lisa Jacob’s “abundance tracker” method. It’s awesome!
  4. Track my personal expenses daily
  5. WorkoutI was consistent until I got a stress fracture in my ankle. 

 

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.
    Only 1 published – Openwork Poncho Cowl
  5. Finish and publish 2 unfinished patterns.
  6. Publish 10 blog posts.
    The Design Your Own Crochet Pattern Series was a huge success!
  7. Spend 10-15 min/3x day on social media growth.
    Growth Goals:
    Blog Newsletter – 1,245 to 1,300 – 1,258 
    Facebook – 6,918 – 7K – 6,929
    Pinterest – 6,094 to 7k – 6,474
    Twitter – 638 – 700 – 651
    Instagram – 245 – 300 – 272
  8. Stay on track with the goals that I made in YBY planner.
    I haven’t been 100% on target but I’m making huge strides in my progress.
  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.

 

What worked – My blog series. It helped so much to have an editorial calendar all planned out so I could just sit down and write instead of trying to come up with things daily to blog about.

What didn’t work – I pretty much bombed this month on my list. I know it was mostly because I had a tech edit that took longer than expected, plus I had a huge afghan project I was working on finishing. Those 2 things held me back from accomplishing the other things.

 

SEPTEMBER

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 (limited until I go back for my orthopedic followup at the end of the month)

 

MONTHLY GOALS:

  1. Track income and expenses daily.
  2. Finish creating editorial calendar for 2016.
  3. Make my holiday t0-make list.
  4. Create holiday budget checklist.
  5. Create 2 new patterns to publish.
  6. Finish and publish 2 unfinished patterns.
  7. Publish 8 blog posts.
  8. Spend 10-15 min/3x day on social media growth.
    Growth Goals:
    Blog Newsletter – 1,258 to 1,300
    Facebook – 6,929 – 7K
    Pinterest – 6,474 to 7k
    Twitter – 651 – 700
    Instagram – 272 – 300
  9. Stay on track with the goals that I made in YBY planner.
  10. Create block schedule for work/family/homeschool.

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

 

In addition to the above, is there anything else you do to plan your gift making? Now is a great time to put one in place before the holidays creep up on us. Simply put, it’s time to make that plan and then take action!

 

Happy Crocheting!



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