For 2013, I wanted to explore how to be more creative and make better use of what sewing time I do have. In the search to find some magic bullet to help me do that, I came across an article over at Mashable, "A 12 Step Guide to Fostering Creativity", that seemed to be a good place to start. So each month, I'm taking a step from the article and exploring it more fully, looking for ways to incorporate it into my quilting. Step 1 is "set a schedule". The article points out it's not about just scheduling your creative time, it's about scheduling the other stuff that can distract you during the time you've set aside to do your crafting, designing, sewing.
I'm a lousy scheduler, I know this because I've tried this approach at work. There's always a meeting that seems to get scheduled over the time I set aside to work on project X, a phone call that requires immediate action that gets me going on something else rather than writing that technical report. Same thing at home. Plans were to get some laundry going Sunday evening after we got home from the volleyball tournament and I would sew a bit while that was going. But we didn't get home until after 9 PM (compared to the 6 PM we thought we'd get home). I'm sure you have similar things going on in your life. Thankfully, I'd taken a few minutes before we left that morning to get Evening Star laid out and measured so I knew how big to make the back. That turned out to be my 15 minutes of time spent on quilting for Sunday.
There is no sure fire way to avoid some of those type of unplanned scheduling issues. One way to side step some of that is to take advantage of time that was scheduled for something else that turned out not to need all the time you set aside. Sunday morning, I'd finished getting ready and had everything packed for our day at the tournament. So I was able to sneak off for a few minutes get Evening Star measured and even managed to get it hung so I could photograph it. That was about 20 minutes all together.
So one trick to making step one work for you, is to take advantage of time that suddenly becomes "free" because you got done with a "to do" thing sooner than you thought. Next week I'll talk more about how you can make the most out of that "recovered" time.
I have been scheduling a time to sew during the work week, which usually has a more predictable schedule than the weekends. At about 8:30 PM , I've been shutting down whatever I'm doing and walking up to the sewing room. Add that in with my "recovered" time from the weekend and I manged to find 15 minutes every day out of the last seven to spend on a quilt project.
The last time I managed to sew for 7 days was last August. The rest of January is going to be packed with another volleyball tournament and a business trip. Managing 7 days a week is certainly going to be a challenge the rest of the month.
What's your biggest challenge in scheduling time to work on your stitching or yarn crafting? How did you do this week in finding your 15 minutes a day to play with fabric or yarn? Link up and share.
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