8 April 2011

Launching the Sewing Productivity Project



I'm so glad some of you are interested in joining me in my quest to find out how to become a more productive stitcher.

If you're joining in, what we'll do is this:

1. Keep track of your sewing productivity for one or two weeks. We'll keep the timeframe flexible so anyone can join in whenever it's best for them. Things you might want to note in your sewing diary:
- How many hours per day/week do you sew?
- What are you spending/wasting the rest of your free time on?
- When you do sew, how do you feel before, during and afterwards?
- What factors are you aware of that impact upon when you make time to sew?
- What are you learning about sewing productivity from this process, if anything? What tips can you share?

2. Write up your results as a report (or series of reports) on your blog. If you don't have a blog, you could leave a comment below. Earn yourself some extra geek points for graphs, pie charts, or... surprise us! Most importantly, don't forget to include your tips on productivity.

3. Once we've got a critical mass of productivity tips, I'll compile an uber list of productivity tips for us all to share.

Housekeeping:
To help me keep track of who's taking part, it'd be good if you could link to your post(s) on the subject in the comments below. If you'd like to add a button to your blog, you can grab the code below (hope it works!)



Let's go!

[Soundtrack: 'C'mon Billy' by PJ Harvey]

36 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love this idea! I'm completely in (although, obviously don't have any posts to link just yet :D)

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  2. Myself, I'm horribly unproductive and erratic in my creativeness. I've just started on the 12 week program of The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. Her tools get you through your creative blocks and everything else that keeps you from being creative (in a constant manner). While I'm already following that, doing this could prove useful too.

    Tilia of Linden blossoms in my tea

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  3. I love it! Sometimes I amaze myself with how good I am at sitting in a chair doing nothing for hours... then I complain I don't have time to sew or study :)

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  4. I am in on this, I will be posting, Sounds great Tilly!

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  5. I'm in. I don't have a blog, but I'm going to track sewing plus piano practice and weight training. Love this idea!

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  6. well tragically i was sold on the idea cos of the button (my blog lacks buttons at the moment!).
    so anyway count me in! my own productivity is something i thought would increase tenfold after i finished uni last year, but somehow full time work just drains away most of my energy in the evenings, and almost all of my sewing is conducted on weekends. never-the-less I have finished items hanging in the wardrobe, so it can't be all bad.
    thanks for setting up this great challenge, i'm keen to know what others do to get things done.
    Sophie

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  7. Oh, I'm all in! Loves it!
    www.strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com

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  8. Can't WAIT! Love this type of thing. I'm on board, starting with today. It will be really interesting, actually, to see what else I spend time on. (Other than and as well as blogging!) Thank you, Tilly.

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  9. Hi Tilly, I am up for this, as my productivity is appalling quite frankly. My first post about this is here http://laurainatangle.blogspot.com/2011/04/unsuprisingly-laura-isnt-posting-about.html

    I'm very keen to hear about how others prganise their time and their lives to ensure they get maximum sewing time!

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  10. I'm in too, I presume we start as of today? I'm about to do some sewing so it's perfect timing!

    http://sew-something-vintage.blogspot.com/

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  11. What a great idea. I've posted your button/link on my blog. I will be joining in, though I don't sew nearly as much as you do. I do, however, have a goal this year of sewing a certain number of projects, and I am interested in increasing my productivity during limited sewing time. I also want to be more intentional about sewing time, as I tend to let it go in the business of life. One old idea to increase sewing productivity is to bundle sewing, or, in other words, cutting out several projects and then sewing them consecutively. Don't know if it works for everyone or not.

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  12. I'm in. I'll post on my blog:
    julstech.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the kick in the rear--I need it!

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  13. I would definitely love to join in! (This after a week of no sewing. Somehow, I spent a lot of time planning/thinking about it, but just wasn't able to really do any! AUGH!) I have a whole slew of sewing projects lined up for the next two weeks for various things I'm working on, so this will be fun to analyze my productivity habits. Heck, maybe I'll even give putting together some sort of graph/chart a go; haven't done that since college classes! lol.

    ♥ Casey

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  14. amazing idea! You're a genius! I'm in xxx

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  15. What a great idea, count me in! :)I have something big coming up in my life that'll mean I can't sew for a bit so I need to get some serious sewing in before then, get some half-finished items off my cutting table and sort out a few UFOs. I have about 3 weeks to sort myself out so this is perfect to get me going!

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  16. This is great. I just started a blog to keep track of my sewing and share it with my sister, and this would be a wonderful tool to help me with time budgeting, I imagine.

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  17. I'm in! I have terrible sewing productivity right now, and a mountain of UFOs. I have a niggling worry though that this is going to be a little depressing about how pathetic my use of time is! Like making an accurate budget..

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  18. At the moment I am a good girl, but I think this project could help me in the future, so I am in.

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  19. Okay, Tilly, here you go, my first report! I feel very official, but also a little silly, like a government official in a Gogol story!

    http://strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/captains-log-april-11th-2011/

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  20. This is a fantastic idea. I am always looking great tips to increase my productivity. Time is so precious and I am sure we will all benefit from each others knowledge.

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  21. I would like to think I am productive, I just love to plan, I will be interested to see what I'm really like!

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  22. Here's a summary of my first week with the project. I have two non-related-sewing projects going on, so I'll really get started next week. But, I did talk about some projects I have on hand and a way I'm trying to find more time to sew.
    http://pheyearii.blogspot.com/2011/04/sewing-productivity-project.html

    I'm wanting to learn what everyone finds about being more productive in sewing!

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  23. hi, I am also joining in, this sounds great. I have put the button on my blog but as I am better at sewing than on the computer I'm not sure how to link my results so I may write them on my blog then yours. actually very interesting as sewers have so many differnt lives its interesting to see how we link on a bigger scale of just making things.

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  24. this is such a great Idea I am a working mom and although I think of sewing all the time and have lots of sewing plans I never seem to get much done.

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  25. I need to do this. It's a crazy time of year for me, but if this helps me figure out how to make more time for sewing, then I'm in. I think I'll start this week, and post each day on my blog. (I had meant to start sooner. Which I guess proves my point.)

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  26. I'm in! I can't start until after the kids go back to school at the end of the month though, otherwise my graph will be a blank piece of paper! Thanks for organising it Tilly. x

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  27. I'm half in - haven't managed to keep a diary but have been thinking about the questions!

    http://dianaandme.co.uk/?p=451

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  28. This is a really good idea. I was just recently thinking about how I seem to have hit a bit of a wall with my sewing projects, and I'm spending a lot less time sewing. I've been doing a whole lot of planning and daydreaming, but no sewing. This should definitely help to pinpoint some of the problems that are causing me to dilly-dally. I'm totally in!

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  29. Wewt - I'm in! My first report is here: http://gentlewomanthief.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/tilly-and-the-buttons-and-her-sewing-productivity-project-part-the-first/

    With the second one to come on Sunday.

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  30. Hi Tilly - here's the link to my report back:http://didyoumakethat.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/tillys-sewing-productivity-project/

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  31. Tilly here are my results, thanks so much!!! I learned a lot!! http://vintagegirl68.blogspot.com/2011/04/tilly-and-buttons-sewing-productivity.html

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  32. So I have 2 posts for this productivity project:

    http://julstech.blogspot.com/2011/04/pathetic-follow-up.html

    http://julstech.blogspot.com/2011/04/experiment-in-productivity.html

    Looking forward to a summary of all the posts.

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  33. And my second report went up today: http://gentlewomanthief.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/the-sewing-productivity-project-part-the-second/

    I think I'm going to do a final post with some conclusions in the next few days - hopefully I'll have some rules for myself and tips that might help everyone else! Hope the project's helping lots of other people out - it's proving v interesting!

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  34. I'm planning on doing this as well. I know I'm kind of joining in late. I'll be writing reports every couple of weeks. I'm also a brand new sewer so I'm interested in doing this just so I can develop good habits while learning. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone brings to the table.

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  35. I'm joining in this project, and today put up my first "goals" post, etc. I'd love for you to check it out! Here's the link:

    http://hopefulmorning.blogspot.com/2010/08/clutter-and-memories-part-three.html

    I hope you enjoy it!
    Rachel

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