For January the focus is on scheduling. At different stages in life, the scheduling challenges are different. I'm a working girl with a husband who travels a lot and a teenage athlete. I don't have any experience with retirement, but I deduce from some of my mother-in-law's stories and from reading other blogs that there are still challenges to scheduling time to sew in that stage of life. (Most of those challenges seem to involve the spouse's idea of what you do in retirement.) In 2013, I've committed to moving up to my sewing room at 8:30 PM and getting in at least 15 minutes to an hour of sewing. Over the last 2 weeks I've managed to sew for at least 15 minutes for 13 out of the last 14 days. The weekends are harder to schedule because those are a lot more variable then my weekdays. I have to do a lot more planning and scheduling to get my sewing time in on those days. Here are a couple of tips for scheduling creative time.
1. If you can't seem to find any consistent time to sew, it may be worthwhile to track your time. There are 168 hours in a week, do you know how you are using them? Laura Vanderkam offers a printable pdf and Excel spreadsheet tool where you can track your hours for a week. Her suggestion is to write down what you do all week, then decide at the end of the week, are you happy where your "billable" time is going, then make adjustments accordingly
2. If you can't seem to find a consistent time each day, Sarah over at Redline Design suggests you get a planner, map out the whole month and schedule 10 minutes each day for creativity.
I've been mapping out my weekends, but sticking to a consistent time during the week. How's it working? Reasonably well. Plans went astray last Friday and I didn't get in my 15 minutes (we were a lot later getting to OKC than I planned). But otherwise, I managed 6 days last week, even with the volleyball tournament.
So how did you do at finding 15 minutes to sew? Do you have a "target" time to sew or is yours a "fit it when you can" type schedule?
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