my beaded tiger, Rajah, wants more stripes!

I have a gorgeous doll with a beautiful face and no other beads. I have a tiger with a great personality, but he needs more stripes. My to-do list has me beading other things like samples for classes and a few custom orders. Reminds me of the phrase “So many beads, so little time!” My big artistic vision pieces seem to fall by the way side, and those are the ones that really make my heart sing! I want to finish these big projects, so I started reading about time management and productivity.

What I’ve come to realize is that its more about self-management and creating habits. Weight loss is the best example: start exercising a little everyday and it adds up to big results over time. I want to create the habit of beading on whatever I want for an hour everyday. Sometimes just to play around and sometimes to work on those big vision pieces. I’ve been doing it for the past couple days, and I love seeing my projects progress! Before my daily beading practice, my projects would collect dust until I would go crazy and bead for 12 hours in one day! This is more satisfying because I can still get other things checked off my to do list.

It takes 21 days to create a habit to the point where you can do it without really thinking about it. So, I’m going to commit to beading at least one hour everyday for the next 21 days, and see what happens. I’ve read the War of Art by Steven Pressfield, so I know to expect resistance. There will be days when I feel like I don’t have the time or energy, but I will do it anyways, at the same time, everyday. I plan to post a little photo of what I’m working on to the Bead Circle Facebook page everyday to track my progress.

Want to do this with me? If an hour seems too much, start with 10 minutes a day. Leave a comment below if you’d like to take the challenge! If you already bead everyday, share with us about what you have been able to accomplish.