Fellow crafters are often saying that they just don’t get the time to do their crafting. Some of my scrapbooking group only managed to do any scrapbooking when they were at our crop… once a month, otherwise their stash didn’t see the light of day.
We’ve all been there!
I have been there for a long time, what with setting up the tearooms.
But it’s only after making the decision that Enough was Enough that I finally MADE time for my crafting.
Why now… what pushed me to that decision?
My unhappiness, my frustration, my inability to enjoy anything through exhaustion mostly. Not just physical, but mental.
There was a pile of ‘things to be done’ but I had to make the decision to pack the To Do list away in a folder with anything else staring at me, and clear my desk. I found something to put my laptop on, so that I can now slide it easily right to the back of my desk giving me more space.
I deliberately turned off my laptop, put all the office stuff away and got out my Random Mini Album, which is something I started a long while ago now (see this link for the article and videos, etc).
I looked at the pages already made and read the journalling, the words were very poignant, and I realised that I should be using my scrapbooking FOR myself, for my Sanity! It doesn’t matter how good it looks, or even if there is a picture or how good it is when printed!
JUST DO IT!
So I used one of the blank pages already in the album (in this case a tag) for recording a fleeting moment I had enjoyed earlier that day. I then felt the energy to finish the inside of the covers properly, re-arrange the pages already made into chronological order and then add a simple page to explain why there was a gap in the pages (2009-2011!).
The marked thing about that is that I also rummaged through the cupboard to unpack my Craft Robo which hadn’t been out of it’s box since my house move 18 months ago! I kept putting it off.
Ironically it’s a similar idea to a “SmashBook”, currently marketted by K&Co, which I made with my daughter and one for myself (there’s another post about that).
I felt better for my scrapbooking. Yes I felt guilty regarding the lack of work done that evening, but when I was working in an office elsewhere, I had to pack up my things each day and make notes for the following time I would be in. “It’s time”, I thought, “to start treating this home based business in the same way”.
There has to be a ‘cut off’ time, a time for something pleasureable. Guilt or not, if you prevent yourself enjoying the things you like to do, everything else suffers as you get no respite.
Yes I have had to give up things I enjoyed because of work, but I have to MAKE TIME for my sanity now, or else I will be fit for nothing and nobody.
I am in the second year of starting a business, thankfully it is going from strength to strength, but if you are a housewife and mother (or father!), then it just as time-sapping for you as this is for me.
Don’t allow the family to demand your attention at all times, set aside your time, and I mean about 2 hours maybe once a week for doing some crafting. 20 minutes is not enough! and it HAS to be time that you will feel awake enough! BOOK IT on the calendar, work the rest of the day/dinner, etc around it, not the other way around.
Of course, your watching television does actaully eat into your ‘Me’ time, so not having time to craft when you spend hours watching the TV is not quite the same! That’s your choice, spare time = TV as opposed to spare time = craft time. My point is… don’t think “I’ll do some crafting if I get time” because you rarely do!
Instead think… ” I will do some crafting on such and such afternoon for 3 hours minimum and everyone and everything can work around me for a change!”