why I love deadlines

why I love deadlines

It's been a week of production, preparing for a photo shoot of my house by Joe Maer and Jim Franco, that will hopefully lead to a publication somewhere cool. Or not. Getting my house photographed and staged by a professional team is exciting enough. Plus, Joe and Jim also offered to shoot some "beauty shots of my linens," which sounds racier than it is, but in my world anything that doesn't include folding piles of dirty boy laundry is thrilling.

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And deadlines get me all amped up and busy. They give me a purpose and direction. So I've been jumping between printing, prepping and organizing products, consulting and overseeing sewing production, making decisions about thread, tracking down midcentury lights and matching bulbs, finalizing designs and patterns, dropping items off, picking items up. . .and hopefully getting my bangs trimmed so I can feel a little bit pretty for the photos.

But mostly, having a deadline forces me to make decisions quickly. There's no time for hemming and hawing. I can't research and debate the quality of various thread content at 2:00 a.m. – one of my favorite pastimes after a Netflix binge. I have to pull the proverbial trigger. Which goes way against my natural inclination to obsess about the details. Which I can do. For. Ever.

In fact, my super inspiring business coach, Kathleen Shannon, recently wrote about the importance of decision-making for success. Since I can't say it any better than Kathleen I'll quote her: "The ability to make decisions with ease and speed is something that sets successful creative entrepreneurs apart from the rest." Which is similar to what the business grand-daddy guru Dale Carnegie has to say about the importance of swift decision-making as a necessary quality for success: "Problems never go away by doing nothing." That sure makes sense.

Thankfully, because of this deadline I've had tons of practice with my decision-making skills this week. And it's helping me feel more confident about my choices, which is really about trusting my creative intuition. There's a feeling inside that clicks when I know something is working, whether it's about a material, a technique or a design. And the decision-making part comes in when I trust that feeling – or creative intuition – and go with it. It's when I don't let my doubts get more space than my gut.

Trusting my creative intuition makes decisions easy: the answers are already there — I just have to listen.

Of course making a decision is always a risk. And that's why I procrastinate. . .or obsess. . .or weigh every angle. I think I can figure out what to do by some mental game of logic. Which just doesn't work when it comes to creative output. My best creative ideas are made under the gun because there isn't time to think. There's only time to act.

So I'm going to make another swift decision to trim my own bangs. . .after I watch a series on Netflix and research bang-cutting techniques for a few hours. . .and definitely weigh the pros and cons and consider all the possible consequences. . .and put it off for a while so I don't make a mistake or have any regrets. . .or maybe just not do it at all. . .cause it's probably a bad decision to begin with. . .

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my retro office

lars' garden philosophy

lars' garden philosophy

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