Let’s talk about the projects that were on your physical or mental list for a long time. You were excited about them at some point, you really believed that they need to be done, you know that when completed it will be beneficial for you, for your health, for your house, or for your skills.
But for some reason, some of those projects still on your list and not moving anywhere.
There are some steps that help to resolve this. Let me illustrate it on example of cross-stitch kits/projects I have in my ‘one day’ list. I bought them long time ago, I really wanted to master this skill, I wanted to see the finished products instead of bags of ‘everything you need to do this’ packages.
So I grabbed the box from dollar three, took off store packaging from each kit, placed everything related to each kit in corresponding zip-lock bag, and placed them in order from smaller to bigger. (remember, we want some wins as soon as possible).
I added small scissors, pencil, little notebook for notes if needed.
There are three types of the kits I have in this category – stamped, counted and beaded.
For all of them it turned out good lighting, a needle that easy to thread, and glasses are make a lot of difference.
For stamped ones you have colored mark already on your canvas.
For counted ones – the picture is on piece of paper and when doing cross stitch it is so easy get confused and place your stitch in wrong place and mess up the whole thing.
So I read instructions carefully and watched couple of YouTube videos and I learned that they recommend to slightly draw vertical and horizontal lines on your canvas so those lines form squares corresponding to squares on pattern and makes your life so much easier. Also along the way I learned how to avoid knots on back size of your work. So, if everything else fails, read instructions!
For beaded one, it is helpful to put those tiny little beads in small containers (each color separately) instead of bags, it is much easier to grab.
Happy to report, one of the kits is finished, two – more than half way done. I need to prepare the rest of them so they are ready for whenever I have some time to work on them.
For example, one of the kits I got in thrift store, so most of the beads and some thread is missing, so I need to find some beads and thread to replace missing, but it is just three colors, and I liked the pattern a lot and it was just 50 cents, so the necessity to find what needed will add to fun.
And one more tip – stop your work at the point where you know exactly what to do next. So you do not need to procrastinate next time and can start right away.
Now going back to general topic. If you are stuck or cannot start, follow the following steps:
- Prepare everything you need for your project and put it together in one bag/container/folder/box so it is easy to grab.
- Make sure you have comfortable place to work and proper tools.
- Read instructions, watch some video tutorials, ask questions on forum if needed.
- Start to do some small of the project, one line, one page, one pattern repeat, one length of thread etc. Small baby steps taken often and regularly make the job moving alone.
- Stop when you clearly know what is your next step is.