Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On Goals And Geekery

Holy spreadsheet, batman!  I had no idea how much my oranizational brain would take over my list of goals and turn them into an actual plan.  It turns out that well defined goals and attainable deadlines make me happy.  After my last post I started to geek out with figuring out exactly how much sock knitting was required each day to end up with a finished pair each month.  Once I tackled that I consulted my friend google to figure out the circular shawl math.  It turns out that there are very smart knitters who have already done this, and it didn't take long to find a calculator that gave me percentage complete by round information.  Starting with how much I had already done, I divided the remaining amount by 12 months, and figured out exactly what round I have to get to by the end of each month to meet my goal by the end of the year.  Brilliant!

Now I know exactly what I need to accomplish for socks and shawl, and at this point I'm treating the sweater as dessert knitting.  Once I get through the socks and shawl requirements I can go to town on the sweater until the 1st of the next month.  January and February are already ahead of plan on the socks as I already had a pair in progress for each of us.  The only thing I need to really avoid is being lured away from my plan by something shiny and new.  Perhaps if I actually finish the current sweater in good time I can add something else into the dessert slot.  So far, though, I'm really excited about the current plan.  I hope that excitement continues all the way through the year and I have many finished things to show for my effort!

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