How do you combine a pseudo book review and shop update?
I recently listened to Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives. As a side note, I have no affiliate links to Amazon, so, though the Jewish mother in me asks” Why are you not reading this book? It could only help. Do it for me, ” I have no financial stake in this. My point in bringing this up, other than recommending this book, is to describe how her advice has helped me and brought me to posting pictures like this:
Now Gretchen (we’re on a first name basis) didn’t tell me how to dye this fabric or quilt the pillow top.She didn’t give me handy tips on adding the zippered backing, but she did help me understand how I respond to expectations and how I can apply that knowledge to the habits I want to adopt or shed. For those of you familiar with the book and the four tendencies, I’m an obliger.
She, or rather her book, also helped me with scheduling my time, a must-do for someone who works freelance.
So, over the past week or so, rather than just make a simple to-do list, I’ve actually been listing the day’s tasks alongside blocks of time. And, you know what?
I’ve gotten a lot more accomplished.
I’ve patterned and dyed more fabric, both existing patterns and new ones, made more finished items, and designed more quilt patterns.
Also, though I’ve always enjoyed my work, I’ve been having more fun lately because my work seems more focused and organized.
I’ve also read more this week, a habit I definitely wanted to improve, and taken care of some long-standing nagging tasks.
And…drum roll…I even blogged and updated my shop.
That may not be much to everyone else, but for me, that’s definitely better than before.
So, if you’re interested in anything pictured here, click here to see more. They’ll be more items added, by the way. No amount of scheduling can make the day longer than 24 hours.
And, if you’re interested in Gretchen’s book follow the link above. If you’ve read the book and want to share your thoughts in the comments section, I would love, love to hear what you have to say. The next best thing to reading (or listening) to a good book is discussing it.