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Finding Time Or Making Time?

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How many times have you said to yourself “I’ve got no time to do…(insert activity of choice)”? I am terrible for saying it, especially after a busy day at work. My craft time is really important to me, but even so I still struggle to find time for it some days. It’s so easy to make excuses. “It’ll take too long to get everything ready that I need” or “it’s too late at night”. Sometimes they are perfectly valid reasons but so many times procrastination wins all too easily. I have discovered that if I really want to do something, then I can make the time. Multi tasking in order to get household jobs done-things like making tomorrow’s packed lunches whilst tea is cooking, or folding the washing when the children are playing and don’t particularly want my attention-is one of my best time making tools. Even when I worked full time I somehow managed to get everything done (just about) so that on a Sunday evening I could have some craft time. Admittedly sometimes this was only an hour or so but it was precious time. Why is it that now I work part time I still find myself saying “I haven’t got time to…”?

I have thought long and hard and to be honest one of the reasons is social media. I spend far too much time, by my own admission, on Facebook talking to friends, pinning things I’m never going to have time to make or browsing other blogs on here. If I totted up all of those ‘wasted’ craft hours I think I would be mortified. It is perhaps best to just bury my head in the sand around the actual statistics! Is it really fair, though, to place the blame entirely on social media? When I think back to my life pre-Facebook etc I still didn’t have enough craft time. (Yes I really am old enough to remember that time!) I was child free too, so I didn’t have that excuse. I suspect that the real, underlying reason is that I am a terrible procrastinator. I predict (though I’ve never actually calculated) that I spend 3 times as long thinking about things I want/need to get done than I actually spend doing them. It took me over a month to get around to setting up this blog from my first thoughts about actually doing it!

I’m setting myself a challenge now to just get on with something crafty every day. When you cut down to the nitty gritty I don’t even need to give myself long-it takes around 10 minutes to crochet 1 row of my current WIP. That’s nothing really, is it? Honestly, it’s all about cutting out all the faff and just cracking on with it! Time for doing anything you want doesn’t just appear, it takes a little bit of effort to make it, something I reflect upon more and more as I seem to have so many things going on in my little world. My project list is about as long as my arm (if my arms were on a par with Inspector Gadget’s) and it would be amazing to finish just one or two things sooner rather than later.

What stops you from doing what you want? Or are you a remarkably organised super human being who never seems to suffer from the plight known as ‘lack of time’? Do you have any amazing time making tips? I’d love to know! In the meantime, I’d better stop drafting and redrafting this and maybe do something productive. It’s about an hour and a half until bedtime-by my reckoning that is equivalent to 9 rows!

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11 thoughts on “Finding Time Or Making Time?

  1. I think this is a common crafter’s complaint. But, sometimes, you really don’t have the time and actually should just veg out in your fluffy slippers in front of the TV, eating the equivalent of your body weight in ice cream. It’s fine!!

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  2. I’m a huge procrastinator, so I am my own worst enemy when it comes to time management and getting things done. I started using a bullet journal to help me keep track of everything, including crafting ideas. And blogging is helping some; I need finished projects to write about!

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  3. I get up one hour earlier than my son just so I can get a few minutes peace to craft and dink my coffee. I also check in at the local coffee shop one hour before work for an hour of crochet – Yes I crochet in public 🙂 But my favorite is “Dump Bags” – Saturdays I make ahead meals that can be frozen and then dumped in the crock pot in the morning and ready for when I get home. This saves my about an hour each night. and now the weather is turning nice I can sit outside (park or garden) and crochet while watching my son play.

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    1. Great ideas. I’d love to be up an hour earlier than my son but 6am is early enough for me! Slow cooker tea days are definitely my favourite too-so nice and easy. 😊

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  4. Sometimes it’s just hard to start a project because it really is too late and I’m too tired to count or concentrate on directions. Seriously, when I’m tired, I just screw up. For times like that I’ve got self-striping socks. I’d say it’s just as important to have projects that are appropriate for the time available. In this way I can craft on days that are busy and tiring.

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    1. That’s a good idea-I like projects that don’t need me to think too much as well. Perhaps I should try having 2 yarny WIPS on the go-an easy and a tricky one. Thanks for commenting!

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