There’s always something you can do.

“I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes that makes planning the day difficult” ~ E.B. White

Planning is hard. Every day I have big plans, but I am not so great about follow through.

Yesterday I had coffee with my good friend, Delia Traister of Phoenix Designs, a local PMC teacher and jewelry artisan. I met her when I took one of her classes, and a beautiful friendship sprang out of that chance encounter. Thanks, Universe! We’re both finding ourselves in the position of wanting to take things to another level, of eyeballing our creative businesses with respect to “What can I do better? What can I do differently?” It’s good to have an accountability partner when you’re engaged in that kind of a process. Someone to keep you on track, to hold you to your goals. Someone to cry bullshit when you’re fooling yourself and give you a loving reality check if you need one. Well for me, I suspect that being able to make a realistic plan and then stick with it is probably one really important element to all this.

On a side note, another important element is to meet your accountability partner in fancypants espresso bars.

fancypants coffee

Just saying.

Well okay, not really, it doesn’t really change the outcome of the meeting, but it makes it prettier and tastier, and I’m all for that.

Right now, I’m working my way through the Right Brain Business Plan and also working through this excellent series on planning from Scoutie Girl. Making a viable plan, sticking to it, and not getting sucked into Facebook is a huge stumbling block for me. I’m really hoping I can bust through some blocks on that one. I’m developing the booth concept and prototypes for the Ren Faire side of my business, refining design lines and the booth concept for the holiday craft fair season with Honey&Ollie, and in my spare, DVD watching time, I am building up stock for the relaunch of my luxury fiber shop in the autumn. That’s a lotta plans. Sometimes I worry about being able to do it all.

The thing is? Not doing it all is not an option. Kitties gotta eat. Landlord wants his rent check. I am happiest making my living creatively. These are all fixed points in my firmament.

Having a partner who is helping me set short term weekly goals to accomplish all of this is going to be really helpful. I wish I’d thought of it sooner.

How about you? What works for you in terms of holding yourself accountable for taking action and making changes? What can you change? Who can you enlist in that process?

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About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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6 Responses to There’s always something you can do.

  1. Tammy says:

    Thank you for the reminder to re-start my work with my accountability partner. We both fell off the wagon… summer… Great idea.

    • Rainy says:

      I’m beginning to think that falling off various wagons is the norm – I spend more time off the wagon than on it – but that also seems to be where a lot of really good growth lives, so maybe it’s all in the balance? Good luck!!

  2. merchimerch says:

    I have an “accountabilibuddy” and we meet and write every weekend at a cafe. I now have 2 solid book chapters as a result of this year-long partnership. Accountability and companionship are a very effective combination.

  3. cambriaw says:

    it never occurred to me to have someone to keep my feet to the fire. i’m off to find someone to hold me accountable 🙂

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