2016 – To Plan or Not to Plan

Posted on | January 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

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Happy New Year! Although I guess it feels a little strange saying that since we are already half way through January!

Usually at the beginning of a new year, I take stock and see how well I did with my goals. However I feel a little let down last year, which is totally silly. I only managed to complete a handful of things I had planned, but I loved the process and the results of every single piece. Isn’t that what really counts?

Which brings me to planning for 2016.

On instagram, I’ve been following everyone’s #2016makenine with much interest and longing. Longing to build my own list of nine lovely projects to fill the next 12 months. I started sifting through Ravelry and Pinterest to put together a list of knitting and sewing project, but I realized that’s just not how I roll. When it comes to plans, mine are always best broken.

To me, there is nothing worse than following a plan through just for the sake of it. If I’m not into a project, it’s just going to stop me in my tracks. Nothing else will get done.

Right now, I’m feverishly working on Michele Wang’s Exeter cardigan while silently planning the next thing to go on my needles. I’ve realized it’s time to take a step back, focus on the present, and enjoy the journey one piece at a time. I only finished one sweater for me last year (I knit three), so my only plan is to finish at least two.

How do you plan for your creative year ahead? Are you a meticulous planner? Or more of a “let the creative spirit guide you” type?

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  • Alaina

    I completely agree with you! I have sometimes stuck to a plan stubbornly and then been both irritated by the process and not nearly as excited about the finished product. This year I may not even make much of a list, but just allow myself the creative freedom to make whatever I want, whenever I want.

  • Heather Harkins

    Hello! I do make big annual plans, but they aren’t too meticulous. I usually make a list of challenges, such as “learn a new cast on technique”, “document more of my creative work with better photographs” or “use up the stashed yarn in that black tote bag”. The challenges are open enough to let the details be determined by more spontaneous inspirations throughout the year. I find the most success with “do more ___” challenges, though some years just happen to be less productive than others.