I'm like everyone else - I've got too much to do and not enough time to do it in. There's just no getting around it.
Basically it came down to a very simple ultimatum: (1) Stop doing anything but the day job or (2) Figure out a way to fit art and fun into my schedule.
I chose option #2. (Obviously, right?)
Okay, so I made that choice but now what? How in the world do I squeeze in extra time? The answer was very obvious: I don't.
Extra time is not the issue. Effectively using my time is. There are a lot of little blocks of time that go unused in the day. Ten minutes here, five minutes there. They hardly seem like they are worth anything but if you worked on a project for ten minutes every day, you'd have nearly an hour's worth of work in on it by the end of the work week.
Doesn't sound like much? An hour sounds a heck of a lot more then zero. Still not convinced? See this?
That art quilt appeared with my article "Experiments with Thermofax Printing" in the 10th Anniversary issue of Quilting Arts Magazine and I made it in ten minute time blocks.
Its a habit. Not one that comes easily and not one that I can always keep up with. Sometimes I'm just tired and don't feel like working. And sometimes all I've got to give is ten minutes.
And that's okay.
Those ten minute time blocks keep me moving. They keep me producing and I feel productive and happy with the amount of work I put out.
So the next time you are sitting somewhere thinking about how you have no time to do something, take the time you would spend worrying about it and do something. Even just for a few minutes.
Ten minutes can make a huge difference in the long run.