I imagine that very few - if any - readers pay much attention to my sidebar. I have a lot of stuff there because I've found it very self-motivating to keep track of my quilting this way. It's so satisfying to be able to cross something off! I could just delete each thing as I finish it, but this way I can see what I've accomplished. I redo the lists at the beginning of the new year - that's when I delete the finished items that I've crossed off.
I you have paid attention to my lists you'll notice I've been "playing" with the UFO list. I used to have all my UFO's listed in only two categories - UFT's (unfinished tops) and Flimsies (finished tops waiting to be quilted, bound and labeled). This seemed to work just fine for me for over a year.
Recently - in the past three or four days - I've taken a new look at the UFT list and decided to break it down into several different parts. UFO's have resulted for several reasons and it made sense to me to group them together. For example - friendship and exchange blocks needed a category of their own. Yes, they aren't finished - but I've not started my work on them at all. What about long term projects - projects I knew would take several years to finish? I figured they weren't really UFO's in the common meaning of the term, because I knew when I started them that they would be long term projects. Most of them include a great deal of needle turn appliqué, which is the reason they are long term. Some of them are BOM's that I'm behind on because I tried to do so many BOM's at the same time. Then there are the scrap projects - strings, tiny squares, triangle squares, hour glass blocks and more - all still waiting to evolve into their final form. They are an entire different type of UFO's.
So, I've broken my list of unfinished tops into four separate lists. The list still labeled "Unfinished Tops" is my true UFO list - projects that don't fall into the other three categories and can be turned into flimsies within a few hours of concentrated sewing. That's the list I need to focus on in the next few months. The others will all be there - ready and waiting for me to get the urge to work on them. However, I'm not going to beat myself up if I don't finish them as quickly - after all, they aren't that type of project!
One thing I have discovered - Blogger doesn't like sidebars as long as mine. Now, when I try to change the order of the "parts" I can access only the first half of the sidebar. The scroll bar takes me no farther down than the "Long Term Projects" section. I guess I won't be rearranging the bottom of the side bar anytime soon LOL! Thank goodness I can refresh the screen to the place where I can see the "tools" for each section - otherwise I'd have to start deleting elements!