Wednesday, November 4, 2009

monthly goals

I can't believe another month has gone by already! Time to see how I did with last month's goals and set some new ones for November.



October Goals:
* display improvements for November market (underskirt, vertical display, styling)
this is going to be an ongoing thing, so I get to cross it off and it has to stay
* online/shop improvements :
    - continue with b2b suggestions,
    - weekly critiques
    - new photos (packaged shots, styling)
    - approach bloggers
I pretty much avoided the computer all month in favor of working in the studio, so I didn't get far with this one at all. grr....i'm not feeling the computer love lately.
* follow up on September contacts
done!
* develop 2 new contacts
mmm....not so done. I have some ideas, but nothing definite.
* add to deadline list - shows to enter, other opportunities (surrealism show)
Another ongoing goal. Once I can make habits out of these, they can move to another list. But for now, it's a cross-off plus remainder.
* new quilt set: "skew" (play with pattern direction (Farrow?))
nope
* new products: zip bags, throw pillows (Farrow plain, Farrow directional)
Did the zip bags...meh. I think they're not the direction I want to be moving in.
* new colors: teal, emerald, eggplant, peachy pink, pagoda
Horray for new colors!
* new batik pattern (horatio screen, fleur)
Horatio is done!
* Farrow spec quilt (lake/red, eggplant/?, teal/pagoda)
nope
* Farrow demo to KD (teal)
almost done...having binding woes. partial credit.
* write up 1st drafts of quilt patterns (eclipse, basketweave, hourglass, chevron + stripe)
I started this, and then realized this is more involved than I thought. So I need to break this down into some more manageable steps.

* nice quilt photos
* design stationery- (shipping suite, general correspondence)
* trifold brochure
* single page website
* business plan
nope, nope, nope, nope

I would say that I need to scale things back in November, but then I feel all panicky about not making much of a list. I'm going to keep things pretty much the same. I think the challenge this month will be in maintaining my focus and seeing how much I can accomplish. I do well in the beginning of the month, and then I try to cram as much as possible in at the end of the month. I need to concentrate more on the middle, and spreading things out more evenly.


November Goals:

* display improvements for December markets (underskirt, vertical display, styling)

* online/shop improvements :
    - continue with b2b suggestions,
    - weekly critiques
    - new photos (packaged shots, styling)
    - bloggers

* develop 2 new contacts

* business plan- FINISH IT!!! so close....it's so very close to being completely written and then I can edit it, which I actually enjoy, and then it will be DONE! I think that's a Christmas present to myself- not having to think about it any more.

* add to deadline list - shows to enter, other opportunities

* new quilt set: "skew" (play with pattern direction (farrow?))

* new products: throw pillows (Farrow plain, Farrow directional)

* new colors: emerald, cranberry

* new batik pattern (fleur, improve 2-color patterns (dvf ad))

* Farrow spec quilt (lake/red, eggplant/?, teal/pagoda)

* write up coaster patterns, make demos.

* nice quilt photos

* design stationery- (shipping suite, general correspondence)

* trifold brochure

* single page website

* conceptual work:
     -finish October piece (reckoning),
     -start new piece due end of December (excess?)

So, pretty much the same. Focus, focus, focus!


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