Let’s start with some confession and self-deprecation: I’m bad at completing things I start.
With that out of the way, what I want to talk about is how to get more things done. This is going to be a chat, not a how-to tutorial. It’s a long post – bear with me.. or click away now.
I usually worry too much, look too closely at details and stop short of getting to the end. Overthink?
On one of the occasions in which I reflected on the possible causes, I came across a cool “manifesto” : The Cult of Done Manifesto. I paste it here below.
In time these words have motived me to “get on with it” instead of wandering endlessly around the edges. Sometimes less-than-perfect-done is better than not-done, not-finished, half-done. Ok, the mantra doesn’t always work, but it helps. It’s a nudge.
“Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done. There is no editing stage.”
“Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.”
“Failure counts as done. So do mistakes. Destruction is a variant of done.”
“Banish procrastination. Done is the engine of more.”
Today it was a rather dull and annoying day, drizzly and cold weather, average work day with various little annoyance episodes.
I stood up and started looking at some things around. I wanted some of them to change. I had just read Kate Davies’ blogpost on on-screen knits, then checked related links, saw some great knitting patterns, one such made me think of some UFO of mine. I fetched it and also took a look at the bunch of unfinished projects closely located.
I don’t do New-Year’s resolutions. I find them demotivating and plainly depressing. It feels like I’m setting myself up for failure by listing stuff. I have countless lists.
But today I’m annoyed enough to make a statement: get your unfinished projects done or get rid of them. You can hold me accountable. Feel free, no grudge.
I need a clean slate. No more thinking about them. Other things will follow. Perhaps some books will go. Or something. Finish, be done with it, move on, let it go.
Today I present the first project that I will complete.
It’s a vest that has long languished in various corners. I knitted it, making up the pattern as I went. Average pure wool, simple pattern, nothing impressive. I quite like its V neck.
It languished because I couldn’t decide whether to knit sleeves or make it a vest. Jumpers are usually more useful in my wardrobe. But what sleeves to knit? how to make up the pattern? Roadblock. Overthink.
These days of working-from-home have changed my viewpoint – extra layers are a nice thing to have and reduce the fuel consumption, preserving the environment and one’s pocket. So a vest is nice to have. I don’t need to make the sleeves. Forget about them.
Today’s the day a decision is made. Get that bloody thing done!
Ravelry kindly reminds me that I started it back in.. 2014. It’s the Holiday Vest because it was started while on holiday visiting family. Project notes here. I pledge to finish it.
First thing: try it on. It fits well over my own-vintage tartan shirt. Win #1.
The fit is good if a bit comfy, but goes well with said warm shirt. And sitting at home. Win #2
When done, it will be out of my mind, in my wardrobe rotation and in Ravelry Finished Projects. Win #3
So 3 wins with little work. Only ribbed sleeve borders are needed.
If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
Don’t forget to hold me accountable.