Targets

Setting goals or targets in any aspect of life can be both rewarding and disappointing. I believe that they can have a positive impact providing they are realistic and (mostly) achievable.

However, in both 2013 and 2014 I found my targets to be too specific. So in 2015, rather than set targets, I laid out plans for the year. These worked quite well so I have set out similar plans for 2016.


2016 PLANS

1) MUST 
start all 31 DUCJC projects in January (and finish as many as possible!)
ACHIEVED and 26 completed so far

2) MUST start and complete a small Lizzie-Kate or similar ornament each month
ACHIEVED

3) MUST complete the April A-Z challenge
ACHIEVED

4) POSSIBLY have five new starts
ACHIEVED - Summer Bird, Ghost, Seahorse, Halloween, Dolphin, Mini Midnight Manor, October Fairy (and all 7 have been finished too!)

5) HOPEFULLY decrease the number of Orphans in my Box of Shame
ACHIEVED - although there's still a lot more to do

6) HOPEFULLY go on two stitching retreats
Been on one, second one won't happen

7) POSSIBLY work on my five big WIPs
NOPE!

8) WISH TO start Scarlet Macaw preening (third time lucky)
ACHIEVED - 22nd March 2016




2015 PLANS

1) stick to the £16(ish) a month Stitch From Stash budget!
ACHIEVED - January through to September; FAILED October, November, December.
2) start all 31 DUCJC projects in January (hope to finish 6 during the year)
ACHIEVED - all 31 started and 10 completed 
3) start and complete each Lizzie-Kate Monthly Flip-It Stamp during the relevant month
ACHIEVED - each month
4) restart and stitch Scarlet Macaw Preening each month as part of A New Stitchy Start 2015 SAL
NO - still looking for the right fabric.
5) continue Mini The Owrd Lord
NO
6) continue Dolphin Ruins
NO
7) continue OMG Tigger is outside
ACHIEVED - stitched a tiny bit in April and May
8) probably start Owls In Love
ACHIEVED - started 16th October and finished 8th December
9) probably start Dragon Eye
ACHIEVED - started 17th October
10) probably start some more of my smaller charts
ACHIEVED - as 28 new starts in February for DSDUCJFC. 7 have been completed
11) possibly work on QS Come Softly
NO
12) possibly work on Mini Bookworm Fairy
NO
13) possibly work on Mini One
NO
14) definitely suspend QS Emerald Dragon
ACHIEVED!
15) definitely suspend SK The History of Chocolate
ACHIEVED!
16) definitely suspend QS Fairy With Butterfly Mask
ACHIEVED!

There seems to be an awful lot there, but I have a good mixture of old, new, large and small projects, as well as those that will be completed or just worked on. Afterall, variety is supposed to be the spice of life!

Let's see if laying out plans works better than setting targets.
TOTAL 2015 TARGETS ACHIEVED 10/16




2014 TARGETS


WIP 1 - QS Emerald Dragon - from 3% to 10% - did not stitch any
WIP 2 - SK The History of Chocolate - from 41% to 75% - stitched to 43%
WIP 3 - QS Hang in There - from 52% to 100% - 100% target achieved 26th August 2014
WIP 4 - QS Come Softly - from 12% to 25% - stitched to 18%
WIP 5 - Mini Bookworm Fairy - from 9% to 20% - stitched to 15%
WIP 6 - Mini The Owrd Lord - from 3% to 10% - stitched to 5%
WIP 7 - QS Fairy With Butterfly Mask - from 9% to 20% - stitched to 18%
WIP 8 - New start - Big Eyes Kitty - stitch 100% - 100% target achieved 6th April 2014
WIP 9 - New start - Scarlet Macaw Preening - stitch 5% - discarded after 3%
WIP 10 - New start - Mini One - stitch 15% - stitched to 7%
New start if I finish Hang in There - Dolphin Ruins - stitch 5% - 8% target achieved
New start if I finish Big Eyes Kitty - A Taste of Tuscany - stitch 50% - 100% target achieved 14th August 2104

Additional start and finish - Start Trek TNG - completed 9th October 2014
Additional finish - Autumnal Abstract pulled from my UFO pile - completed 16th November 2014

TOTAL 2014 TARGETS ACHIEVED 04/12 + 2 additional




2013 TARGETS


WIP 1 - Rainbow Rose - from 40% to 100% - target achieved April 2013
WIP 2 - Celtic Christmas - from 70% to 100% - target achieved 15th October 2013
WIP 3 - New start - QS Emerald Dragon - stitch 10% - only 3% stitched
WIP 4 - New start - SK The History of Chocolate - stitch 40% - 41% target achieved
WIP 5 - New start - QS Hang in there - stitch 50% - 52% target achieved
WIP 6 - New start - QS Come Softly - stitch 10% - 12% target achieved
WIP 7 - New start - Mini Bookworm Fairy - stitch 10% - only 9% stitched
WIP 8 - New start - Mini The Owrd Lord - stitch 5% - only 3% stitched
WIP 9 - New start - QS Fairy With Butterfly Mask - stitch 15% - only 9% stitched
WIP 10 - New start - TBC - stitch 10% - did not start
New start if I finish Rainbow Rose - stitch 5% - did not start
New start if I finish Celtic Christmas - stitch 2%  - did not start

TOTAL 2013 TARGETS ACHIEVED 5/12

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