We all lead such busy lives that its hard to find time to sleep, eat and exercise, let alone pursue hobbies that we enjoy. Like with anything important, it is possible to carve it out. You just have to be more conscious of your own time-wasters and make an effort to grab those minutes when you can.
Make an appointment – You jot down that doctor’s appointment on the calendar, right? Schedule your scrapping too. Pursuing downtime is an important component of your mental health, so give yourself permission to spend X number of hours X times a week to scrap til your heart’s content.
Eliminate random surfing – I can easily spend hours upon hours on the computer/internet, not really accomplishing anything. Nothing written, no layouts created and not even any internet shopping completed. I might as well be twiddling my thumbs, because this type of surfing is as bad for your brain as Jerry Springer. If you catch yourself just clicking from site to site, stop!
Blog in the morning – If you work a full-time job, whether at home or at an office, you’re scrapping time is mostly in the evenings and on the weekends. If you’re also a blogger, then your evenings are torn between crafting that great new post or creating beautiful layouts. If possible, try blogging in the early morning before work. Even better, sneak in some writing over morning coffee while your colleagues are chatting at the water cooler.
Focus on what you love – Crafty gals can easily get pulled into many hobbies. First you were a paper scrapper, then you went digi and now you just HAVE to get some hybrid in. Narrow down your projects to what is likely attainable and the most fun to you. Eliminate the rest and say goodbye to stress.
Don’t try to keep up – Flylady always says to jump in right where you are. You are not behind. Don’t let feeling overwhelmed by a big project keep you from doing anything! You can get those photos from 2001 scrapper – but not in a day. Also, avoid feeling like you have to read every new message board post or tweet from your followers. The world will keep going whether or not you are engaged in it 100% of the time.
Ask your family to support you – If your biggest challenge is family commitments, then voice your desire to have a little more “me time”.Â I would guess they think you deserve it too! Perhaps you can swap some weekday chores for more of the weekly cleaning on the weekend. Can you delegate something to the kids, especially now that they’re growing older?
These tips will not only help you churn out more fabulous digi layouts, but aid in sneaking in more of any hobbies you enjoy. This year, I want to focus on digiscrapping, knitting and sewing and I’m trying in earnest to waste less time so that I can enjoy these activities more.
What will you do to find more time for your scrapping and your other hobbies?