|My interpretation of Bonnie Hunter's Double Delight Mystery|
I am often asked how I manage to get so much done. That's an interesting question, and it's worth talking about. First of all, there are people that get way more done than I do. However, those people don't sleep as much as I do:) Sleep is a priority in my life, and that's my first tip:
1) Be well rested. No one is as productive or efficient as they can be when they are running around sleep deprived. Our bodies and minds are so intimately connected that our brains will not operate well if we don't take care of our bodies. For me, that means at least 7 hours of sleep per night...even more than that a couple of nights a week.
|Tula's Neighborhood in progress from the|
Moda Be My Neighbor free pattern.
4) Do things as accurately as possible the first time. In other words: cut accurately, sew an accurate 1/4 seam, press properly, trim, if necessary. Each step in the process needs to be done well in order for the end product to turn out great. I don't waste a lot of time re-cutting, ripping out mistakes, and re-sewing because I try very hard to focus on each step and make it right.
5) Finally, and most importantly, use the small snippets of time that are in each of our days between the other things we "have to" do. If we wait for several hours in a row in order to work on a project, we never work on that project. I have found that whether its house cleaning or sewing, we can get a lot done in 15 minute increments of time. Do you need to leave the house for an appointment in 20 minutes? Don't waste that time waiting to leave! Pick up the living room, throw the dishes in the dishwasher, or, better yet, press the half squares that you sewed before bed the night before. Use that time to gather fabrics for a project, cut out a couple more blocks, or sew a few seams. Those little bits of effort really add up over time. Nothing on tv in the evening but reruns? Go to your sewing space and make a block or two. Those blocks will turn into rows, and then into quilts!
We all have more time than we realize. We just don't use it as well as we could. Our lives tend to be overscheduled and more busy than is really good for us. In order to make the most of our leisure time, we have to be strategic. Plan ahead in order to be ready to use those little snippets of time.
|Kim Diehl's Simple Whatnots Club has been a fun|
activity this winter. Cute, small projects!