There is a way to see progress on the numerous UFOs piling up on the sewing table. The concept is simple and therefore effective. I won’t take credit because the credit belongs to Hanne Schneider from Norway.
Hanne calls it the Name and Claim system. She wrote, “It works very, very well if you are overwhelmed, but still has great charm even for the less overwhelmed. I should know, as I have worked myself down from about 100 UFOs to less than 10 ongoing projects at any time. It took time, but it took time to get to the stage where I was overwhelmed too!”
She is really quite inspirational. Hanne continued, “We all want superpowers for Christmas, to cope with everything at the same time, but to my knowledge superpowers are in shortage this year—and every year after, but daily threads works as well as any magic wand.”
Her plan goes like this.
- Pick three to five projects.
- Put away all but the 3-5 projects and do not think more about them.
- Work on your 3-5 projects until at least one of them is finished. If you get bored while working on one of these projects, then pick another from the 3-5. Do not start anything new yet. You can start a new project once you have finished one, but if you don’t, and pick a new project from your put away projects (remember step 2) you have one less project to store! You can of course just work on the remaining 2-4 projects. The next finish is in sight before long.
- When you have finished something – write it on your finish list.
“Remember – this is not a race and not a self punishment system! It is about re-finding pride and joy in our own work and the pleasure of finishing more than you start.”
Hanne’s name and claim system is so simple. It doesn’t need any more explanation than that. By the way, don’t you find Hanne’s English charming?
Works for me,