Goal setting and the planner

There’s a new thing I’ve started in my planner with goals. I don’t usually plan out goals on paper. I’m generally a pretty focused person and reach for my goals without needing to see them on a page. Lately I feel a need to have something more concrete in my planner about my goals. I think having a written page of goals each month can be just what my list making heart needs.

Now, I’m still not doing a big yearly goal thing. I made some general notes for the year but things being how they are, I don’t exactly know what my year holds. Sometimes a goal is something that you can knock out and do, other times there may be something you want that other responsibilities might get in the way. This doesn’t mean it’s not a worthy thing to do, it just becomes a dream and not a goal. A goal needs to be something you can knock out. Something that is achievable.

For example, a general goal for a fiberist might be to get more consistent in their spinning. The dream portion of that is winning an award at a fair. This can all be broken down in a handy worksheet to help make that goal achievable.
This is my example of such a worksheet.
And here it is filled in with my ficticious goal.
Well, maybe not all filled in. I left some blank spaces because there may be something in that class that I need to add. Maybe there is something that I need to change? These could be written in with pencil. In my experience the main steps might not change but the mini steps off to the side there (that I didn’t finish filling in) seem to be what change most often.

You’ll note that I have my little bullet squares there. I’m using the filofax now because I like to move my pages around but if you’re using a regular book – pages set up like these are super easy to keep in your bullet journal.

Finally at the very bottom is written “What’s Next” – As I tick off the little boxes, a new idea or goal inspiration might come to me. That’s my spot to write notes for ides of the next step or the next goal or an expansion on the current goal. I find these pages not only help knock out a task or a goal but they help inspire more.

Sometimes a habit tracker is what will help me reach a goal and can be a line item in one of the steps. The mini step that says “15 minute coffee break” and the “2hr Friday spin” can both be added to my version of a habit tracker. I have daily habits and weekly ones.
You can see that I haven’t written anything in yet but my daily goals have personal things like Vitamins, Yoga, Meditate, and Study. My work goals are things like Leave it neat?, Emails, and Dye. Sometimes my habit tracker isn’t about new habits. I like to have a few gimmees tossed in there. Then weekly goals are things like Herbals for sheep/goats and Update Quickbooks files.

So my fictitious goal up there could be added to the habit tracker in both the sections. “Spin 15min a day” in the daily section and “2hr weekly spin” in the weekly section. This is just how it works for me and in using it, I’ve upgraded and changed it a few times. Overall though, I like a tracker like this. This kind of thing is just what a list maker needs.

Now that I’ve gotten all into the specifics and daily goal work, let’s pull out our focus a bit and I’ll show off my monthly goal pages.

I wanted pretty pages and I don’t care if they’re all only on one side of the page. They’ll be fun to archive like this so I can see what I was thinking at the time. My original thought was to put each page as a header page right in the weekly planner as each month begins but for now I’ve chosen to keep them all together in one section at the front of my monthly calendar.

My though too, is that when I archive this year they’ll be a great monthly separator. I can have these as header sections and make notes about what I did each month toward goals or I can archive all my goal sheets. Something journal like or even just a list of happenings. I haven’t clearly thought it all out yet but they’re in my book now and I’m using them.

Final thing in my goal section of the book is the accomplishment section.
I thought it might be fun to have a couple of pages where I jot down the goals I finished in any given month. Short form as opposed to writing out a big flowery journal which I might do (as noted up there). This will be a completely visual way to not feel like I screwed off all month long. Some of my goals are light weight but some are lofty. I think it will be cool at the end of the year to see at a glance, a note of what I managed to accomplish each month all in one space.

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All the hats.

I had a thing for knitting the hats… I say had because I think it’s finally winding down a bit. I want to knit other things but I’m still knitting round and round on hats. And in the same fashion as I always do, I have more than one going. I could tell you it’s because of a thumb injury from last year that my hand hurts unless I switch up projects frequently. That’s not a lie but we all know I’d have just as many going even if I was 100% without hand pain.

Let’s see what’s on the needles:
Bulky –
Spunky Eclectic Biggie (discontinued).
Pattern: just winging it
I figured I should work through some of what that’s left in the shop and donate hats to a charity. Nothing done yet but hats are a good simple thing to do when you’re not sure what to knit.

Aran –
Spunky Eclectic Fat Panda
Pattern: Gluten Free
Somewhere along the way, I messed up the pattern. I need to rip and redo.

Worsted –
Spunky Eclectic – Targhee Classic
Pattern: Simple Basic

Spunky Eclectic – Targhee Classic
Pattern: Pussyhat

Almost on the needles:
Super Bulky –

Spunky Eclectic – Mammoth
Pattern: Vermonter
I made one of these already and I think I can get 2 out of one skein. It’s like 2 hours to make an incredible hat

Worsted –
Spunky Eclectic – Targhee Classic
Pattern: Simple Basic? Escape the Amazon?
I’m not sure yet but it’s one for each child. I might even let them decide on a pattern.

Spunky Eclectic – Targhee Classic
Pattern: Simply Cabled
One is one and one is coming. Remember how I said I was finishing up some old patterns. This is one of them. I think I made the original hat with notes about 8 years ago. It’s about time it was finished and published.

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Post-it notes in my planner.

How I use post it notes in my planning…

I think I might have mentioned talking about this at some point or other over the past year. I went over with friends how I did this and finally I’ve pulled it all together to share as a blog post so everyone can use it if they wish.

So, I start out with 2 dashboards. One has blank post-its and the other has a place I can seek out and find the ones I placed there. Most times my blank ones are coming from my desk as I work but I wanted to keep a thin stack with me so a dashboard is the way that works for me.
As for the other dashboard, I put things that have no place in the schedule yet. Things that I know need to get done but there is some action that needs to happen first or I’m just not ready to place it into the planner for some reason.
You can see that one is a financial thing that I’m waiting for a year end statement and another is waiting to be a part of a stock order. Without showing you everything on my dashboard, you can still get the idea of how the it works. Once my statement gets here, I’ll move that note to the appropriate spot giving myself a reasonable amount of time to take care of it and when I need to place orders, that note will go in it’s appropriate planner spot.

Sometimes (like around the holidays) there is so much going on that I’m a little scattered. Sometimes I need to plan out my daily little bits of work to make sure it all gets done. Some days I only do things on the list and no variances, it keeps me from straying when I’m super busy. Or sometimes I need to add a piece of paper because there is so much to do or so much to remember. Sometimes it’s just little 30 second action items but it has to go on the list. This is where I use the larger post it’s to help with that.

Then we have the action items that span weeks. Instead of rewriting it each week when I don’t have a clear deadline, I can put it on a post it note.
Like spinning or knitting projects that I want to make sure gets done soon but not necessarily on a deadline. If it ends up with a deadline, I’ll make the appropriate notation on my post it and write the deadline into the planner. Otherwise the post it will follow me around week to week until it all gets done. The idea is that it gets done before the sticky wears out. So I suppose it supplies a pseudo deadline.

The final way I use post-it’s regularly are the BIG IDEAS.
Sometimes I have a big idea. Something that I want to do that I have no idea if it can be done or how to execute. If it’s something that can be planned our and worked on then I have a page for that. If it’s something that needs to sit in the thinker for a bit, I put it on a post it and place it in a random week in my planner. I can keep moving it in the planner if needed but it usually only takes a move or 2 before I either decide it’s an idea to trash or an idea that I can move into the planning stages.

The one thing I don’t do with Post-its that I think is brilliant is meal planning. I generally don’t meal plan. I have a few pages in my planner that I can do so when I’m heading out on trips or plan for special events but I don’t plan my meals weekly. Still I wanted to include something on that so I’m linking to This Post that seems to be brilliant as far as meal planning goes. I think if I was a meal planner, first I’d need another planner, but this is likely where I’d get my inspiration.

ok. Happy Planning.

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Club test spins.

Here I am with a new year looming and 12 months of club colorways ahead of me. I’ve been working at test dyeing and getting the colors and fibers all lined up. Wanna see what I’ve been up to?

This is January’s club. It’s a lovely fiber that’s spinning up into a great 2 ply.

February’s club is undecided. I can’t settle on a color though I have settled on a fiber. So nice is this fiber….

March and April. I’m having a hard time deciding which is for which month but right now I’m thinking this one is March:
It’s so pretty it jumped the spinning by month order but hopefully I’ll decide and spin February next.

And this is April:

Oh, and I figured out the SPA special colorway of the year too!

If you didn’t figure out by now, I’ve grey scaled everything. They’re not all the same color in a range of greys, though some may have grey in it. All will be revealed soon.

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Full year of prompts

Well….we made it a full year.
I had all the prompts made for myself in January and did them all in a nice PDF so they could be saved forever and ever. If anyone wants to download the full list I’m putting it at the end of the post. You can certainly use these again and again. Use the same ones every year and see how your answers have changed.

PDF of journal prompts from 2016

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Kid Hollow Yarns

Right after Rhinebeck I got a note from Pogo of Friend’s Folly Farm telling me that a friend of hers was looking to sell off all of her farm yarns. Farm yarns? Mohair? Sign me up. In walks the Kid Hollow yarns to my life. I bought all the blank yarns she was offering and I’m in love with them.

LOVE. Big L-O-V-E kinds of Love.
I feel connected to her flock. These goats weren’t my own but I love them anyway.

I have the 3ply – 48% Kid Mohair, 30% Merino and 22% Nylon
This is such a round yarn. It’s sport – DK and about perfect for warm socks.
I haven’t been dyeing a lot of it up. Still testing colors on it and working on samples
But just look at it!

I also have a 2ply – 48% Kid Mohair, 30% Merino and 22% Nylon
This yarn is more flat. My sample for this is going to be a shawl. Yes, it’s the same content as the 3 ply but it’s got all the characteristics of being an amazing shawl yarn.
I dyed a couple more in this one and sent some of that red off to Beth Smith to play with.

The final yarn I acquired is a 2ply lace of 50/50 Kid Mohair and Border Leicester.
Can I just tell you that this is a dream yarn of mine. Long wool and mohair. Sign me up!
I haven’t dyed any of this yet because I’m a little stymied on what to make. I don’t wear a lot of lace garments as I can be a little rough on things at times. I am leaning towards things like Ice Queen, La Cumparsita, Alinda Wrap, Abrazo…. Or maybe I’ll wait and see what Beth Smith comes up with and copy her.

I haven’t started to really produce these for the shelf yet. I made a listing on the website so people can order custom almost solids but the more elaborate hand paints will get introduced at SPA at the end of February. Though, if you want something special, please message and we can see about working something out.

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Filofax for 2017

Filofax for 2017.
The book planners in the A5 size were really close to perfect but I wanted to move pages in and out. The Bullet journal style with the index was brilliant. Yet I found it lacking something something. That’s when I switched to the Midori planner. It too was missing something. I started to audition the filofax in a cheap little plastic binder with handmade pages and fell in love.
A dear friend gifted me a Filofax binder and oh, mah, word. This. This, I think is finally my dream planner.

Wanna see? Yes you do.
It’s so pretty.
And on edge…
It looks pretty full but I have some room. I might even pull out some of the weekly pages as months pass. Like in February, I can pull December… and so on. It’s rare that I go back any further than a month but I will be saving it all in my old plastic binder anyway.

So let’s see what we have inside.
First are the pockets. OMG, so many pockets and I have a couple of plastic ones too. I might find I don’t need these though seeing my expired coupons at a glance is always handy. OH – that paint chip thing, is a book marker…. I’ll show you how to make those in a later post.

Next is my gratitude section. When I feel a desire to make note of great things I have a few pages I can write on.
You can see I haven’t written a ton but there are about 5-6 pages in this all with different prompts that I’ve started at least a little something on.
The pages in this section are ones I’ve cut to size from a Rhodia pad of paper and a plain pad of calligraphy paper. Both are perfect for using fountain pens. Actually, everything I’m using works well with no bleed through and minimal shadowing if any. All this paper is just wonderful

This is my spiritual section. I can write things about my yogic or ayurvedic studies. I might break them apart at some point but right now, they’re together.

Finally we get to the meat/tofu of my planner.
The monthly calendar (purchased from Filofax)
We have the weekly pages – grid on one side and weekly schedule on the other. I got this from Paper Shae on Etsy. This is the format I fell in love with using the Midori. I knew I had to continue it.
And then my daily checklist. It’s not filled in yet for 2017 but I’ve been using one for a few months and I’ll fill this one in when I take a couple of days off next week. I might discuss what I put on there at another time. This post is already long and pic heavy.

The following little section is just random stuff I threw in there. Things that I wanted to keep track of but that wasn’t necessarily needed in the meaty section
Because I get asked… I know I don’t necessarily need to lose weight… but my doc suggested that if I lost 10 pounds or so I wouldn’t need to be on BP meds for a little longer so I’m working on it because I’ll do almost anything to avoid taking another pill.

The final section has another clear pocket and blank pages/dividers that haven’t been designated a category

But don’t worry, there’s a ton more pockets in the back!

There we go. We’ve come to the end. This is the planning system I’m using through 2017 and probably longer. I really have loved this more than I’ve loved the others. I know I get excited about new planner things and then start finding fault with this or that but I don’t hate anything about this yet. I don’t feel like I’m compromising on anything that I’ve wanted either. We all need different things from our planning and this right now is doing it for me.

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