This post is Part Two in my ‘Christmas Project’ series. Here is the previous part.
In order to get anything done, a list is essential to me. It keeps me on track and it’s like a map for a project. It reminds me where to go and it feels good to cross an item off the list.
On a basic level, this is what my ‘Christmas Project’ list looks like:
- Research how to sew a zippered pencil case.
- Buy fabric and zips.
- Make pencil cases.
- List on Etsy.
- Promote on all social media channels.
- Sell them. Hopefully.
- Ship them out in time for Christmas.
- Donate profits to charity.
- Recover from all of the excitement by sleeping for a really long time!
However, this is just the outline. Within each of the steps above are many, many smaller steps. For example, Step 2: Buy Fabric and Zips sounds quite easy, but it actually took a significant amount of time to complete. Time was spent to:
- Visit a few places to get the best quality and range fabric at the cheapest price.
- Choose a combination fabrics that were the right weight (heavier for the outside, lighter for the lining) and matching colours.
- Decide how big the pencil cases would be, as this would impact which zips to choose.
- Consider fabric/zip/thread prices – which is the best value for the length or size?
- Choose zips that matched the fabrics chosen.
- Take everything up to the counter and get it measured (which in itself seems to take ages, regardless of whether you have 2 or 10 bolts of fabric to be measured).
But, by breaking the massive idea into many smaller parts, it didn’t seem so unachievable. Overall, there were nine main steps to completing this project and 25 mini steps within those nine main steps. And at this point in time, I’ve already completed 10 of the mini steps, so I’m nearly halfway.
Stay tuned for the next part in this series coming up on Monday. It was one of the hardest decisions: deciding where the money will go!