What to do? What to do?

What to do? What to do? There is an affliction commonly known as Analysis Paralysis and I may have been infected. Analysis Paralysis, essentially, is a condition in which the sufferer has so many things to do, they are reluctant to make a decision as to what comes next. Only when a crisis or deadline looms are they able to make a move/decision.

There are several stages that I describe as:
Stage 1 – lots to do, just pick one!
Stage 2 – lots to do, narrow it down to three or four options. Analyze some more until you reach Stage 1.
Stage 3 – lots to do, analyze, sort by “how close to completion”, identify deadlines, work Stage 2.
Stage 4 – lots to do, analyze, prioritize, sort, clean up work space, analyze, clean up the kitchen, analyze some more. Seek professional help!

What’s wrong with any of these stages?
Stage 1 Result = Progress! Nothing really wrong here. If you ever catch a case of Analysis Paralysis, pray that this is as bad as it gets.
Stage 2 Result = Delays, lost time, need to rush when deadlines close in, growing feelings of frustration. Not terrible, but who wants to put up with this?
Stage 3 Result = Delays, frustration, missed deadlines, beginnings of anxiety. Now, this is getting serious and jeopardizes your creative mojo.
Stage 4 Results = High anxiety, procrastination, nothing gets accomplished. Lingering at this stage for extremely long times just isn’t worth it. It totally sucks the joy out of a very enjoyable pastime/hobby/job.

So where do I fall on this scale? At various times, I’ve experienced each Stage, but over the years, I’ve adopted the mantra “do something quilt-y every day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.” Not surprisingly, 15 minutes often turns into an hour or more and many projects get done pretty quickly. Just do something!

Having a schedule around which to work is also essential for me. Most days find me enjoying morning coffee until 9:00 or so. Break for a leisurely lunch, then back at it for a couple more hours.

Let it not be said that I have made myself a prisoner to the quilt studio. Just today, I took a spur-of-the-moment motorcycle ride with my hubby. Back to the quilt machine in about two hours, refreshed and ready to get things done. Recreation is another critical factor in curing Analysis Paralysis and can be extremely effective in stages 3 and 4. Just don’t overdo it or use it as an excuse to prolong these stages!

DISCLAIMER: The above descriptions and “cures” are purely the opinion of the writer and have no basis in scientific fact. The bottom line is, “Do something quilt-y every day and, above all, enjoy the process!”

Until next time, take 15 and, oh you know.

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