Finding the time

Some of the things I love to do, in no particular order:

Knit, crochet, sew, write, read, exercise, take photos.

My struggle is never against boredom, but against time.   I find myself, often, putting off things like a sewing project or writing (fiction, mostly) or working out at home because in order to make any progress in those things, I need uninterrupted time.

My doses of uninterrupted time tend to be short.  15 minutes here, maybe 30 there.

So I get more knitting done.  More reading.  Because in 15-30 minutes I can knit a few rows or read a chapter or two.   Photos can be taken as I go about my day.

But writing?  Sewing?  Working out?

I can’t write more than a paragraph, and usually not even that much because I’m expecting to have to stop at any given moment; and that causes more frustration than not writing at all.

As for sewing, there is nothing worse than to never be able to cut out an entire piece without stopping.   This explains, in part, my current penchant for recycling t-shirts into scarves.  They are quick and don’t require much planning or space.   (And also, I love wearing them.)

Exercise?  My favorite way to exercise, besides a weekly trip to Pilates which I do manage to achieve, is at home with a dance related DVD.  (Ok, it’s Zumba, if you must know.  As my daughter would say, “Don’t judge me” :-)  )   But they are around 40 minutes long and unless I work out as soon as I get up – which is my least favorite time to work out – I will more than likely not find a solid 40 minutes in the day.

So what to do?

And by the way, this is not a problem because we homeschool.  The interruptions are usually not my kids.  Maybe 25% my kids.

According to my husband and my daughter, I need to become a better enforcer.  Don’t answer phones, emails or people during the times I’ve set aside for concentrated projects. Tell people when I am and am not available and stick to it.

Do I need to say that this is easier said than done?

But hey, I’m game to try, so I wrote up a schedule this week, and you know what?  Turns out that, in theory at least, I could have anywhere from 2 to 4 hours EVERY DAY to work on my own projects.

It looks easy on paper.   So easy.

Just tell the world and all my people in it that “I’m busy.”

Color me skeptical.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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