How to Create a Crochet Plan
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!
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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.
I’m huge on goal setting. If I’m honest sometimes I just fall off the wagon, but I try to remember no one is perfect, and the more times I try the better I’ll get at not getting sidetracked. You may find yourself in the same boat. Just stick with it. And when you realize you’ve gotten sidetracked just work your way back onto the path you were focused on.
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.