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How to be a good finisher
Liz Studio - Samee Lapham

Something that I have learnt about myself is that I am a really good 'starter' but not such a great 'finisher' - I am always getting distracted and excited about something new (a bit like a jackdaw when something shiny comes along!). A classic example is books, I have started so many books, and then abandoned them because another new interesting book has come a long that I want to read more. It's not a great quality when it comes to running a business so I have been trying to be a good finisher as well as making the most of the fact that I am a great starter. 

Being able to see a project through from start to finish is really a strength and a good skill and also the most efficient use of your time. Sometimes it really is appropriate to abandon a project half way through...but most of the time things don't get finished not because people don't want to finish but because they get distracted. And let's be honest there are more distractions these days than ever before. 

So after having a good think through about some ways that might help me be better at getting to the finish line of a project I thought I would list some of them here incase any of you struggle with the same thing. 

1. Set yourself a deadline
This doesn't always work because if it is mine own deadline I can easily let it slide - but if there is a deadline for a client or an event that can really help. It is important to make sure the deadline is realistic and achievable. You want a bit of pressure but not hideous stay up all night sort of deadlines. This helps you to focus and visualise the end of the project and what you want to achieve. 

2. Break the task down into smaller tasks
Sometimes my reasons for not completing something is because it feels a bit overwhelming and a big task. I find that if I break the project down into smaller tasks that I can give myself shorter deadlines for then it seems more manageable and also keeps the momentum going. If you have a smaller task and a shorter deadline then it means you are less likely to get distracted. 

3. Be accountable to someone else
Sometimes I find it helps to chat through my creative project with a friend or colleague and tell them what I am hoping to achieve. If they think it is unrealistic then they can tell me, but also they can keep in touch and find out how I am getting on with it. Knowing someone else is interested in what I am doing and is going to ask how I am getting on with it often motivates me to keep going. Sometimes this accountability could be sharing it on your blog. That can be a bit scary, but actually if you are part way into a project and you give people a bit of a heads up or a sneak peak it can really help because you don't want to let your readers down - and you want to follow through on what you have told them. 

4. Don't take on too much
Sometimes the reason that I don't get things finished is that I have just taken on too much. Although I wish I could, I can't do everything and so I am learning to be selective in what I take on so that I can give it the attention it deserves and make sure that it gets finished. I would rather do 3 things well and get them finished than start 10 things and then have a whole load of half completed not very good projects. 

5. Don't be a perfectionist
Now don't get me wrong, some times being a perfectionist is really important and totally appropriate - but quite a lot of the time it is not and can actually be a hinderance rather than a help. Sometime its time to stop umming and ahhing about whether every single tiny detail is perfect and just get the job done. 

These are just a few of the things that have helped me recently but I would love to know if you struggle with the same thing and have any other useful tips to add. if you do just leave them in the comments below! The photo above was taken by Samee Lapham when she came and hung out in my studio.

I hope you are all having productive and happy Wednesdays!

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Birthday Calendar Printable (free)

I have been meaning to do some more printable's on the blog, so I figured why not make that a bit of an aim for 2015 and start as I mean to go on.

For ages I have been wanting to make myself a birthday calendar. Usually I use one of these big wall calendars by Crispin Finn which I absolutely love - but I get a bit bored of every year having to go through and put everyone's birthday's on it, so I thought I would finally put together a calendar just for birthdays that I can then use every year and that I can share with you guys too!

This calendar is so easy to print and put together. All you need is 12 x A4 sheets of paper or card (I printed it on pretty thin printer paper but you can see in the pictures where the ink has made the paper a bit wrinkly so I think I might reprint on thicker card - and hopefully then it will last longer) - Download the printable pdf from HERE and then just print it out on your A4 sheets. 

Then all you need is an A4 clipboard. I really like a nice simple one. You just clip your A4 sheets into the clipboard and it is super easy to change the month as you go along. 

And you can keep adding birthdays to it - so now there is no excuse for not remembering!

Hope you enjoy!

*please note this calendar is copyright © Liz Mosley, 2015, and is only for personal use and must not be used for re-sale or any financial gain* 

Kitchen Organisation
kitchen inspiration

One of the other things that I am really excited about is the Kitchen. I have to be honest this is mainly going to be NM's domain...because he will be using it the most - but I am still excited about getting it all organised and lovely so that we can have lots of people over for dinner. I have rounded up a few pics of some awesome Kitchens from pinterest and boy are there some organised and clever people out there. Will keep you posted on how it all goes, but I am pretty sure I am going to have to stop NM taking every single thing out of the kitchen and re-organising it all the day after the wedding!

Check out the links to these awesome pics (in the order shown):

Potted plantsStore CupboardHerb ShelvesChopping board over the binCorner KitchenUtensils

and you can follow me on pinterest here.