I loved finishing a project every day during the past three years of 100 Day Projects. It is immensely satisfying to finish something – to, metaphorically at least, cross it off the list and share it with people who care about fabric and art as I do.
However, as I’ve been doing this kind of work for ten years now and often been working on a deadline, whether self-imposed as the 100 Day Projects or external, I have acquired a tendency to work too quickly. I feel the time pressure. I hesitate to stop and re-evaluate a project – does that line need to move a bit? Are those lines making a shape I like? Is that stitching too uneven or messy? It isn’t that I am necessarily unhappy with the results, but with how I feel during the process. I want to be more relaxed and process-focused and less product-focused.
So, for 2020, instead of rules about WHAT I am making, I set rules about HOW I was making. There is one rule and it is very simple: work for 60 minutes a day. If I finish something-great, if not, also great. I called the project 6000 Minutes to emphasize the greater quantity of time (as opposed to 100 Days or 100 Hours). There are a lot of minutes – no need to rush.
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