The things I don’t do
A lot of you asked how I have time to sew and blog so much. I kind of laughed at first, thought about it for a while and then I realized, there are a lot of things I don’t do because I’d rather be sewing. I don’t want to pretend to be a time management guru, because I’m certainly not, but this is what I do.
- I don’t make dinners that take longer than 30 minutes to prepare. I don’t make dinner everyday. Friday is pizza night. Every. week. My meals are very basic and pretty healthy. I like to call it “whole eating” but I really mean lazy eating. I am working on my meal planning skills. So far I have none.
- I don’t fold laundry, except for jeans and towels. I put blouses and dresses on hangers and shove everything else (jammies, workout, clothes, undies, socks) in drawers. Try it, you’ll like it! Plus if you hang stuff on hangers straight out of the dryer it reduces wrinkling!
- I don’t wear things that really need constant ironing. I’m not a sweatshop! Though I do iron as needed.
- My husband likes cleaning. And he’s super patient. I’m not a slob and I like cleaning, too, but he sure helps out. He even did his own laundry for the first 2 years of our marriage. Out of habit, I think.
- I plan out two or three shopping trips for each week and do them all at once, usually on Monday. I try to avoid shopping during naptime.
- I don’t go to bed when I should. I stay up way too late, after baby goes to bed to get a few things done. I usually take pictures during naptime. Sometimes I get up 30 minutes before baby gets up just to get one thing marked off my list for the day.
Another tip: Think it through
I have noticed I like to think things through in my head long before I ever start making them. Usually before I start making something I already have it planned, step by step. It’s just how I process things. Sometimes I even write out the tutorial before I’ve even made it, and then start making it, changing the tutorial as I go. Thinking things through helps me to be more effective. I’ve already sorted through a few potential setbacks. Of course, new ones always come up, but at least I avoid a few! I’m trying to be more deliberate in everything that I do. But trying is the key word!
Work hard, play hard, sleep hard
Lately I’ve been focusing on prioritizing and really doing what I am “doing.” I’m trying not to think about groceries when I’m playing with baby. Trying not to think about crafting when I should be sleeping. When I’m working I’m working, which makes me more efficient. When I’m playing, I’m really playing, which makes me happier. I’m also throwing in some exercise time each day which makes me feel better and sleep better!
That’s how I do it! I’m trying to get better! So what are your tips? How do you manage your time? Frankly I don’t understand how people manage more than one child. You are amazing. All of you.