Finding Time

Do you have a list of things you’ll do when you ‘find time’? Does your list ever shrink or is it always getting longer? I’d bet those things on your list rarely if ever get done – why? Because how do you find time? Our days are packed full of things that need to be done. Once we finish the things that need to be done, we all want to spend time with our families. So, the things we plan to do when we find time just sit there because we have to ‘find time’.

Well forget it. It’s really not possible. There’s no way to find time. There are only 24 hours in a day (unless you’ve figured out a way to time travel – then by all means, PLEASE contact me immediately!).  We all have that same 24 hours – there’s no way to find more. Instead of finding time – we have to make things a priority. Yes, family and household responsibilities are at the top of the list. We all need to sleep & eat. But we also need to take time for a hobby or something that helps us unwind from the daily grind. There are ways to do this, get up earlier, go to bed later, play while the kids are napping… this is totally a personal choice.

When my kids were younger, I tried to pursue hobbies when they were napping on the weekend or after they went to bed (their 7 PM bedtime was very helpful for this).  As they got a little older, my hobbies mostly went on hold because I didn’t make them a priority. I did decide to put away my quilting supplies & focus on scrapbooking. That at least helped me focus on just one thing.  I would still get to scrapbook occasionally, but it was a struggle because I was unorganized. I’d try to work on a layout & wouldn’t have the pictures, couldn’t find the paper I wanted to use, or my tape runner ran out. It was really frustrating.

It was during one of these days (when my tape runner ran out) that I came up with a plan. Since I didn’t have any adhesive, I planned out a bunch of pages (pictures, papers, die cuts) and took pictures of each layout. I put all the elements in a paper keeper with a divider between each page. That way once I had another free afternoon (and refilled my tape runner), I could pull up the pictures on my computer and recreate the page – this time with adhesive, stickers & other embellishments.

This worked well for me. I had a plan and could work from it. This helped for those days when I only had a short amount of time. I didn’t have to use my brain to be creative – I had already done that when I had a larger block of time available. I could just put everything in place quickly & move on. Then on days when I was able to set aside more time, I could focus on the creative side – pull things together and plan a few more pages.

My planning & scrapbooking have evolved a bit over the last few years, but I think the key for me has been to have a plan. I’ll share my current plan in another post, but wanted to get started with how I came from being haphazard and unproductive to making a plan to create.

I hope that you are able to make yourself a priority. You are important, you need a moment away from the daily grind. Don’t wait until you find time to do something fun – plan for it. Even if it’s just once a month – plan it – schedule an appointment for yourself – and then make a plan so you can feel like that time was well spent – because YOU are worth it!

Enjoy!

Gerri

 

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