Last week, I asked my Quilting Jetgirl Facebook Page and Quilting Jetgirl Facebook Group the same questions and got some amazing responses. I thought I would lead off by asking those questions here. If you feel so moved, you are welcome to add your voice in a response in the comments.
When you think about quilting, is there anything you need that isn’t available? Is there something you find yourself thinking or saying, “I wish….” when you are quilting?
What is the most difficult part of the quilting process for you (accurate piecing, specific type of piecing [flying geese?], binding, quilting, Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)…)?
Beyond a few responses that are beyond my abilities to fix (“I wish I had a new sewing machine”), a few themes definitely stood out to me in the responses. There are certainly parts of the quilting process that everyone has desires to work on, but the common themes of time management / space management / and motivation popped out at me.
Today I want to open up a discussion about Motivation, and I look forward to reading your responses and invite you to consider reading the comments as well.
I found a very interesting article about how to get motivated, according to science. It suggests that the main shortcoming of productivity systems is that they (and we) fail to take emotion into account: feelings are a fundamental part of why we do what we do. The article goes on to suggest that we procrastinate THE MOST when we are in a bad mood. Conversely, we are the most productive when we are happy.
Speaking of happiness… there is a difference between pleasure and happiness and over the weekend I watched a fascinating half hour interview with Dr. Robert Lustig about his book The Hacking of the American Mind on that topic. In the interview, he offers the following:
The formula for happiness: the 4 C’s:
- CONNECT (interpersonally)
- CONTRIBUTE (to your communities i.e. family, work, neighborhood — outside yourself)
- COPE (to reduce stress to improve serotonin receptors, also reduce exposure to blue screens for more Sleep; Mindfulness — not multitasking; Exercise — tamps down dopamine, increases serotonin)
- COOK (Real food e.g. fish, use flax = high tryptophan, amino acid building block of serotonin; Omega 3s–stability to neuronal membranes; also, low fructose).
Going back to procrastinating… what are some tools that help drive forward when we feel stuck? I found another article with 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You are in a Slump. From the two articles, I am going to highlight two that seem to be key:
- Start Small
- Surround yourself with people you want to be / find an accountability partner
How are you at staying motivated in your quilting projects? Is it even a concern for you? Do you have different tips and tricks to share, or are you looking for more connection and a method that will work for you? I look forward to conversing with you!