I don't know about you, but I find I waste an awful lot of time first thing in the morning on my computer. I check my email, read blog comments, see what the blogs I follow have posted, and check out YouTube for quilting tutorials or book reviews. By the time I get around to checking the weather for the day, an hour or more has elapsed. Pretty much a wasted hour of productivity. On the weekends, it is even more time wasted.
So, I have been experimenting with something. I get up around 6:00 most days. I make my coffee and sit down at the computer. I have decided to set a timer for 30 minutes to allow myself to read any blog comments that may have come in, and possibly check out some of the blogs that I follow. Only 30 minutes.
With my new experimental plan, I then go up to my sewing room, set the timer again for 60 minutes this time, and sew for an hour. I get as much into that hour as I can. By the time the timer goes off it is only 7:30 and I have an entire hour to get ready for work.
It is pretty amazing, how over a week's time, you can accomplish as good amount of productivity, even if the rest of each day is so busy you can't even think of getting any sewing done.
I have been working on these little 6 inch Triangle Challenge blocks (Lisa Bongean's Sew Along). One morning I might get 32 half square triangles made and trimmed. The next day I might construct a couple of blocks. My new system is working great for me and I no longer feel any guilt about how I am spending my morning time.
Oh, and all those YouTube tutorials and book reviews I enjoy? I have been watching those for an hour in the evening after my day is done. I have never been good for much in the evenings after a glass of chardonnay, so that is a much better use of time for me!
Do you have a schedule for sewing? How do you manage to squeeze in a few minutes of sewing when you can?
By the way, thanks to those of you who gave such encouraging suggestions regarding machine quilting to yesterday's post. Read the comments if you haven't already. There were some wonderful tips.