Last week, I managed to squeeze out a 15 minute "sewing" session in a full weekend by taking advantage of time which I thought was going to be needed to get ready for day two of a volleyball tournament. But I got done early and was able to sneak off to get a finished flimsy measured so I could make the backing when I had more time. How do you take advantage of that "free" time you didn't know you would have? Here's a few thoughts:
Be prepared. Angela of SoScrappy and Kate of Katie Mae Quilts are two masters of this strategy. Before the holidays, Angela looked ahead and prepared take along hand stitching kits for all the time they'd be spending in the car over the holidays. And Katie, focused 15 minutes of her creative time in the late spring and early summer to kit up projects to take with her when visiting Her Guy over the summer before he deployed. It's no small feat to be prepared to sew in a hotel room (or 2) for a month.
Focus on making progress, not achieving goals. What does that mean? Know what little things you can do to move ahead. Measure that flimsy you finished last week, cut a few strips so you can make the binding, or just sit down and sew up a few pieces (either blocks you have going or what's sitting on your machine as a leaders and enders projects). This is one place where having a number of projects going on can be a good thing. I have 2 active leaders and enders projects. If I have a few found minutes, I can fire up the sewing machine and just stitch what ever is available. Or if I stitched last time, I'll press and trim if I have a few minutes the next day.
Not that you can't work towards goals with the above. I made a conscious decision what needed to move ahead this month, so I'm working to get stuff cut and organized to be ready for any "found" time should it appear.
However, some weeks none of your scheduling strategies are going to pan out. Last Thursday was the school Science Fair and guess who had not gotten her poster ready yet? Mom had to make a dash to Staples for printer cartridges, so printing out the pages for the display took a bit longer than planned, so no sewing the night before. Monday night I had work stuff. It's rare that I have work stuff to do in the evenings, but this week I have meetings both Monday and Tuesday nights. Even so, 5 out of 7 is not a shabby week.
So how did you do this week? Do you have any tips for using that "found" time the surprises you some weeks? Link up and share your success this week.