Monday, September 24, 2012

Paying Myself to 'Do the Hustle'

When I was in elementary school, Mr. Layton, my physical education teacher taught us to do "The Hustle." All you people out there my age and older are now singing the song in your heads.  Da da da dada dada da da!

Well now several blogs that I follow led me to 'The 100 Day Hustle.'  This is much better than Mr. Layton's P.E. lesson.  

Kelsey Sews

This hustle is designed to get you going on your projects for the last 100 days of the year.  

So I made my list and checked it twice. Much smaller than most lists I've seen!

White Retro Blouse
Block of the Month for Oct, Nov, Dec
Place mats for wedding gift
Pillow for a b-day or maybe Christmas present
Jumper for white blouse
Anise jacket (yes, I took the plunge)

Knitted and crocheted simple gifts
Begin Starlet

Making a list works for me.  I finished off the white blouse yesterday, cut my block of the month, and chose the fabrics for the place mats.  I'm fine if I don't get it all done as long as I make consistent progress.

This brings me to another idea I had. Now stay with me.  Don't skip over this because there are no photos.  You know who you are. Bold, italics and underlined. It should get your attention.

On to my idea.  I was at Yellow Bird Fabric Shop, my fave, and I wanted to buy wool for the Anise Jacket. But nothing stood out to me except the $30.00 per yard wool.  So the amount of fabric I needed would have cost me about $100.  $80 during the 20% off sale.  It was beautiful and high quality but out of my range.  So I bought a really hefty embellished teal cotton/lycra with purple lining fabric.  Considerably less. 

Are you still with me?  Keep reading!

So I got to thinking.  Some day I would like to afford such a treat.  What if I paid myself 5 dollars a week to finish all my projects without starting another?  What else could I pay myself for?  What if I paid myself for every pound I loose? Not that I think I'm fat, but my usual dress size is tighter than I'd like.  Say, 5 dollars a pound.  I decided this would work for me, and it goes hand and hand with "The 100 Day Shuffle."  I would add up my money on Dec. 31 and plan my shopping spree at Yellow Bird or or Quilt Etc. or all three!

Now here is my BIG QUESTION.  Is anyone interested in joining me on "paying" themselves to get things finished or to complete a goal?  Your goals could be anything you chose, not necessarily sewing and crafting in nature.  Your pay could be your choice as well.  Like a night out with your significant other for every week you worked in the yard for five hours.  Or something like that.  You get the idea.  If there are enough people interested, I will figure out how to create a button and we can have a linky party (I'll have to figure that one out as well) for those that have blogs and comments for those that don't.

What do you think?  Anyone interested?

Oh yes.  Do the Hustle.  Da da da dada dada da da..........


  1. What an interesting idea to pay yourself for finishing your projects. =)

  2. Good luck with your hustle. I'd join your pay-yourself plan, but I have tried it and I always cheat and buy the thing even if I don't achieve my goals...

  3. Cannot wait to see your jacket!!! That's such a good idea about paying yourself! I'm bad though and just buy it anyways :)

  4. This would work for me. I like the idea of rewarding myself for finishing projects without starting new ones. And I've been trying to reward myself every day I don't eat junk. Some days it works, some days I'd rather have the snickers.

  5. I am paying myself every time I talk nicely to and about certain coworkers. Then I am going o take myself to lunch.

  6. I have tried the reward thing a few times with varying results. Usually it was a cookie though and I'm not sure that was constructive if I was rewarding myself with a cookie if I did extra minutes on the treadmill!
    Then for a while I told myself I would allow myself to spend a certain amount every time I paid down a percent of my huge credit card bill, but that became so convoluted and obviously counterproductuve I kind of gave up on it.
    I do like your ideas about formalizing and tracking the plan though, it makes it easier to stick to it!


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