I finished stitching a project this week that was designated my do-a-little-every-day project. The concept is simple. Every day I did something to move that project forward.
This is not a new idea, or my idea, but something I’ve heard a lot about lately. Pat Sloan talks about it all the time on her daily videos and uses it to finish UFOs. Karen Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts also talks about this method. Karen uses it to focus on her more complicated projects, using a timer to work on those 30 minutes at a time.
I’m not that structured about it. My current do-a-little-every-day project is the crazy quilt piece. On day one I printed the task handout and put it with the project. On day two I read through the first step and chose the beads to complete it. Today I will start sewing on the beads. I may or may not finish that step today.
I do not set a timer or force myself to work on it for a specific amount of time, although I often find I work longer than I expected. I simply want to keep the project moving forward.
I find the key to success with this method is to pick a project that I can work on no matter how I feel. I work all day on a computer, and by evening my eyes are often tired. I love hand work and can stitch when I’m so tired I can’t see straight (without making a hash of it). I could also do basic piecing. I probably shouldn’t do a lot of fabric cutting when I’m that tired or piece something where accuracy it critical. It will be different for everyone.
I encourage you to give it a try if you aren’t doing it already. It would also be a good way to break out of a creative dry spell or get back into something you haven’t done for a long time. Finishing projects is a great motivator because we all love to start something new.