Time management is always such a balancing act, especially when you work at home. Even when the kids are in school, there is always something to distract you. Dishes to be done, dog to be walked, TV to be watched, naps to be taken. . .
I get a lot of questions about how I get so much done in a week. Well, I'll try to tell you--
First off, there are two of us, and we both put in about 40 hours a week. That's potentially 80 hours of productivity. It helps to be on a tentative schedule. Dylan's schedule is kind of a mystery to me, but he gets the sewing and stuffing done by Tuesday. I think he starts on Thursday the week before. I dunno. I do know what my schedule (ideally) looks like though.
-Monday I sketch, design and make any new templates or patterns, and get organized for the rest of the week. This includes a big list on a white board of the individual pieces I want to make by Friday (although I usually work at least part of the day on Saturday finishing up, depending upon how ambitious my plans are). I also get stuff ready to paint-- pick out colors, do any needle sculpting, select fabrics, etc.
-Tuesday and Wednesday I paint and do any sculpting.
-On Thursday (if I'm still on track) I stain everything in the morning, then have some fun while they're drying, then get everybody dressed, button-jointed, what have you.
-Friday I draw and paint the final details.
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That's what my ideal week looks like.
But you know what they say:
If you wanna make God laugh, tell Him your plans.
. . .
Today, which is a Friday, finds me staining, button-jointing, dressing, and sculpting.
Balancing the housework and all the kids' many activities. . .well, that's another story altogether. Let's just say that productivity drops significantly during baseball season.
Of course, sometimes the muse strikes during off-hours. And that's honored as well, although not with as much enthusiasm.
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How 'bout you?
When do you create?