July 2, 2008

It's a short week and I know everyone is trying to get their work done so they can enjoy the long weekend. People always ask me how to be more productive. I thought this would be a good time to share a few quick thoughts on the subject.

There are two things to approach when it comes to being productive. The first is to know when you are most "on". For some, it is first thing in the morning and others are "hot" after lunch. Once you have that detail, you can plan your day and work your plan.

The second thing to do is routinely time yourself. It really is a great habit because then you have some accountability. By working by and for yourself, you do not have a boss to answer to but when you time yourself, you develop an employee/employer relationship with your records. It will help you in many ways. Less time wasted and a record of how long things take you to produce so you can more appropriately price your work and pay yourself.

When I am in crunch mode, no phone calls, loud fast music and I time myself. The computer does not get turned on and I restrict my leaving the building until 'x' is completed. I usually have a reward for a job well done, ice cream or M & M's.

Enjoy your 4th of July!
It's a great country we have the privilege to live and work in-
With thanks-


A note from Leslie Fehling

Leslie Fehilng
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Ever since I started my business in 2001, I have relied on Chris Watt's instructional videos for detailed, easy-to-understand instructions in pillow and cushion construction. They helped me to get a jump start on producing high quality, professional results in my work, and gave me the confidence to offer a wide variety of styles to my customers.

Now she's gone "Beyond the Basics" with her latest DVD about fabricating tucked Roman shades. Both the Back Tucked Grommet Shade and the Front Tuck Duo Shade are shown, with detailed instructions that guarantee success for anyone trying this style for the first time.

Being a bit of a perfectionist myself, I appreciate the thoroughness that Chris demonstrates in all of her videos, but especially in the case of the tucked Roman shades where paying attention to details can mean the difference between success and failure. She points out the pitfalls of not keeping fabric square and true, and gives great hints along the way to make sure you get perfect results every time. Her friendly style of teaching makes you feel like you have a friend in the workroom, helping you through a challenging project. And I love having a DVD that I can refer back to again and again.


Note from Chris:
Leslie Fehling is a highly talented instructor and a fabulous hostess. Her Summerhill weekend retreats are well known in the industry as a great time to learn specialty sewing techniques and have the time of your life doing it. Going to one of Leslie's program's is high on my to do list. Check out her picture trail here. You might see some familiar faces!