When I quit work I envisioned that I would quilt and create for hours every day. I dreamed of hours and hours of free time. It hasn't turned out that way and I think it's all my own fault.
Of course, I do work and I have to spend a lot of time on my fabric dyeing business but recently I realized that there are a lot of days that go by and I haven't sewn one stitch and I'm sure it's a discipline issue, not a time issue. I'm spending way too much time on the computer and I waste a lot of bits of time.
I have one priority and that is to exercise every day. I usually do it first thing in the morning. Then I do my daily computer work. Unfortunately, my day seems to often end there. I've gotten into some bad time-management habits and I need to change them. I'm not watching a lot of TV but I am spending a LOT of time on the computer.
I have found that when I need to change a habit that I have to schedule the activity. I did that with exercising until it became a natural part of my day. I learned that if I exercised as soon as I got up that I would be done with it before I woke up. Of course that took about 6 months and I could get out of the exercise habit in 2 days.
I want to spend more of my day sewing and quilting and I've decided to start by focusing on quilting on the longarm. I think if I can get away from teh computer for an hour to quilt that the rest of the day will naturally become more productive so I've set a goal to quilt on the longarm for 1 hour every day.
That bright quilt has been on the longarm for a month! I let myself ignore it because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for part of it. This week I decided to change that and, for the past few days I have spent 1 hour every day on the quilt. I finished all of the SID work, CC in all of the blocks and all of the quilting in the yellow. It's not as if this quilt is going to ever be on public display. What I quilted on it really didn't matter. What mattered is getting it done. Now I have everything done except the batik dot sections!
I'm going to continue my one-hour-a-day commitment and will post my progress once a week with my Design Wall Monday post. Here's where I am this morning. I need to get this one done and move on. There's a large stack of quilts waiting to be quilted.
How do you manage your time? Do you have any great ideas for making sure you are working on the things that you really want to do?