Keeping an Accomplishment Log

Hey everyone, I'm out this week on personal matters. Instead of leaving Thursday blank with nothing new, I asked Eliza Metz for permission to reprint one of her creativity articles to help inspire you all. This article is taken from BeMUSEd #9. Eliza (also known as moderngypsy in most art circles) is a goddess amongst creative enablers. She makes her own journals, knits her own socks, writes and publishes books and zines slammed full with creative tips and tricks, and teaches classes on all sorts of creative and fun art topics from creating your own imagiNATION to crafting revolutionary art. You could say that she's my mentor. Because if it weren't for her friendship, classes and inspiration, I'd have never thought I could write articles for creative souls on a productivity site. Read more about Eliza and her publications at

Some of you are already on my yahoo group, doItNOW, which kind of started as just a little thing for me and a few friends, as a way to communicate what I was doing with a Control Journal to try and keep motivated, organized, and clear in the New Year. Word got out and it’s growing by the day and has become a little more like a creative life-coaching-in-general type thing, which uses three basic steps to help get things under control. The Control Journal, which is based on the whole thing only for art stuff; getting into the studio and making SOMETHING for 15 minutes in mid-afternoon/evening; and the third thing: An Accomplishment Log.

People look at me strangely sometimes when I tell them that of the three steps, this one’s probably the most important to your psyche. They think I’m nuts -- especially since doing business and/or making Art is kind of integral to being a working artist. However, and I stress this BIGTIME -- if you aren’t reinforcing to your psyche that you’re doing a good, worthwhile job of’s going to rebel. You’re going to find motivation is about as easy as moving a very big rock up a very big hill with only a spoon and some twine as tools. And while that might be easy for MacGyver, it’s not going to be easy for us mere humans.

It’s a very simple process, really. At the end of each day, or if you’re like me and tend to forget you’ve done by then, during each day, just write down all the things you got done for the day. If it doesn’t look like much, write down all the steps you took to GET to the end of the project (since you obviously completed those, if you’re done.).

It works on the same principle as a gratitude journal -- unless you’re aware of all the things you do in a day, you don’t realize your own worth. It’s a very simple little step you can take, but the benefits are a hundredfold.

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Accomplishment Log

What a WONDERFUL idea! I am a needle artist (quilter, knitter, seamstress)and I often find myself think "what have I done?" This sounds like what I need to see that I do "get things done." I just happen to have a blank cahier that will fit in my purse perfectly. I will start with today and mabye I will remember that the costume is finished and will foget how that it was a struggle and I am just glad that it is done.

PS - Never try to fix or alter a completed project - try always to start from the beginning :-)

re: your ps.

unless you're a painter. good painting has often been described as covering up your mistakes. It's good to work with those happy accidents. this might explain why i don't have a knack for knitting or sewing. the one time i tried to knit my mood shifts kept showing in the changing tension in the wool. I'm taking it as a sign to stick to paint and clay...

re: your comment

If I could paint or work with clay I would! I am much better with a controled medium.

BTW - a glass of wine before & during knitting is a great thing!

Up with ModernGypsy!

Eliza is one of the best artists (and people) around.

There are some control journal pages inspired by Eliza's principles, perfect for Hipsters and any other paper PDA, on this website: