If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I spent almost all of yesterday sat at my kitchen table, attempting to finally form some sort of physical plan for my designs for the next 6 months.
I'm not very good at drawing or at putting ideas down on paper, so instead of planning what I'm going to make, I tend to write down scraps of ideas as I get them, and then in any quiet time, when I'm not making orders, I try out the new ideas.
The problem with this process is that while it always feels very natural, it also always feesl really disorganised and I often forget the ideas. It also means that it's not a cost effective process. So in an attempt to be more organised this year, and to stop the voices that go around and around in my head just as I'm falling asleep, I've made a concerted effort to overcome my fear of committing ideas to paper.
In order to manage this, I had to start small, because I genuinally find this kind of thing overwhelming. So I started with a stack of scrap paper, and a blue pen and a pink pen (and it's at times like that that you realise why it's good that girls and boys are colour coded) and wrote down the very basics of a collection - dress, trousers, blouse etc - marking each piece of paper with either blue or pink.
Then I took an A3 pad and taped each piece of paper to a page. And because I have a problem with not being able to make note books look 'good' enough (because I'm rubbish at drawing), I purposefully didn't try to make it all look pretty and just used plain masking tape (no washi tape for me!) to tape the notes on, along with scraps of the fabrics that I wanted to use for each design.
It's taken me a good few days to finally record everything that I want to make, and it still all looks pretty messy and a bit jumbled and would definitely benefit from someone that could actually sketch the designs properly and make it look all nice. But the process itself has made me feel so much better and orgainsed. And has genuinally made me feel that I have a target to work towards now. Which in turn means that my quieter time (when I'm always left feeling suddenly overwhelmed, without a deadline for me to focus on) will be used effectively and I'll no longer be left feeling like I'm floundering with no real end point to work towards.
I'm sure that to everyone else this all sounds very basic and obvious, but committing to ideas and having a plan has long been an issue for me. So only a few months in, I feel much better about facing the rest of this year. And I did it at the perfect time, because after a week of quiter time, today I got 3 magazine commissions!