Tuesday, 28 August 2012

When do I get the time?

This is NOT a preachy post- quite the opposite- so please go on reading.

As a full time working woman who also makes beaded jewelry that is the question I am asked frequently.

So I have been observing my time patterns nowadays and here is when I get the time:

It is 7:00 am on a weekday. I have a bus to catch to work at 745 and it is going to be a long day ahead. I have worked till late the earlier night too. A design is on my mind since a couple of days and I simply can’t seem to wait to start creating it. So in those packed three quarters of an hour that I have to get my lunchbox ready, take a bath, dress up – and I also manage to make an accessory or two. Not only that, I take a quick picture of it on my phone to show to my office colleagues. *pats self on back*

It is 12 noon on a Saturday. We have just had heavy breakfast and may mostly skip lunch. So there is suddenly a lot of time at hand. I sit at my bead table but am reminded of the Koyri emails I have to reply to and the photos that I want to pin on my Pinterest boards. So I get up and go online. After whiling away three to four hours online and also getting inspired by co-beaders and jewelry designers, I reluctantly get back to my bead table. That is when I realize it needs cleaning. The rest of the day is spent arranging and organizing my stuff. It is only on Sunday that guilt of being very very lazy creeps up and I do some serious work and finish some serious assignments.

I am in office on a weekday afternoon and feeling very sleepy. I open some craft sites and pine to get to my bead table instantly. If that feeling stays until the work-day and the hour long commute ends, then there is nothing stopping me from creating one design after another until late in the night. There are times the Boy has to beg me to go to sleep because he knows I will complain about a headache at work the next day. :)

So basically there is no strict pattern of the time I spend with my accessories. It is just when an overpowering feeling of getting creative takes over, that I get up and about.
So when my friend Pallu shared this picture by the minimalists on facebook made me wonder if I am even putting half of what I can to master my skills? 

I think I know the answer and it is NO.

So what do you suggest?  I am sure each one of you follow a hobby/passion and dedicate time to it – be it gardening, sports, reading, baking, gaming, sewing.…. I would really like to know how you manage your time and make the best of it. Any ideas?


Pallavi Sharma said...

I think that when you master your craft, it'll no longer remain just a hobby, it'll become your profession. How else can you become a slave to your craft unless you dedicate almost all of your time to it?

Unmana said...

I came to the comments to see if anyone had interesting tips -- because I need to learn to manage my time especially well now -- and am applauding Pallu's comment!

Pallavi Sharma said...

Aww, thanks, Unmana! If only I could practice what I can apparently preach!

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vandana craftsia said...

Managing time and finding time for your hobbies and interests is a real juggling act. For a working woman especially you play multiple roles and with nothing less than perfect acceptable it is really tough. However, when you start loving what you do you somehow find time for it whether it is in the middle of the night or finding a few minutes while something is cooking on the gas

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