So after Friday’s post on “How do you decide what to do next?”, I decided it was time to review my Someday Maybe list. The Someday Maybe list is actually the brain child of David Allen – author of “Getting Things Done”.   My list is actually two mind maps.  One is for just rug hooking and business related activities, and the other is for the rest of my life.

I’ve written about mind maps before. Invented by Tony Buzan, they are basically a visual representation of ideas linked together by lines emanating from a central theme or topic.  Google “mind maps” and you’ll find lots of examples.

I like to use mind maps for my Someday Maybe projects/ideas because sometimes things intertwine and you can do two things at once…if you see the connection ahead of time. You can plan your time and materials more efficiently.  A mind map also allows you to see an overview of your plan at a glance.

I like to update my Someday Maybe mind maps after each retreat and at the beginning of the year.  So that’s at least twice a year.   Last year I was blessed with being able to have three retreats!  That is very uncommon for me.  I updated my Someday Maybe mind map after each retreat.

You know though, I have to take the space here to say, you can over-plan your time too.  A mind map or list is fine for helping you focus and stay on track, but you don’t want it to be a straight jacket!  You want to build in time for play and exploration.

I’m way behind in my initial plan, but you know what?  I don’t care!  Why not?  Well, during those times when I “should” have been rug hooking or promoting my business, I was busy learning new things.  I took time out for Karen Miller’s Workshop Weeks, and Karen Abend’s Sketchbook Revival, and to learn nature journaling.  I trust that these experiences and explorations will expand on and improve my technique and inform me as an artist.  I trust the emphasis on learning will pay rewards in the long term.  Plus, everyone just needs down time to relax and have fun.  If rug hooking becomes just another chore, you won’t want to do it.  Build in time to play.

Well, if you have been, thanks for reading!  Have a great week everyone!

 

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