You know you’re in trouble when you contemplate writing a list of lists. My ‘to do’ lists are actually not too bad at the moment, it’s my ‘want to do’ lists that are a bit out of control.
I’m one of those people who likes to amass information then sift through it for what I want. Linear thinking is really not my strong point, nor is moderation. Unless I’ve absolutely swamped myself in everything I might possibly need, I find it difficult to choose one thing, but I also find it difficult to choose because I’ve got too much information. It’s a real ‘damned if you do…’ kind of thing.
Recently, my big thing has been stashing fabric, and I’m sure next month it will be stashing yarn, and probably something else the month after that. This is partly to do with the critical mass idea that I was talking about above, and partly because they’re things I can do from my desk at work! Until I can bring my sewing machine to the library, or crochet while I type, crafting is confined to my few precious free hours. I think I’m working my way up to a truly horrible decision, which isn’t going to be popular with my other half either, but it might have to be done.
Want to know what it is?
I’m going to have to get up earlier, and I’m going to have to cycle to work. At the moment, if I walk or get the bus, getting to work takes around 45-60 minutes. And I like to be in work early, so I’m leaving at some silly hour of the morning to sit at my desk and wish I was crafting. If I got up a little earlier, not only would I have time for a proper breakfast, but I’d get 30-60 minutes craft time in the mornings. That’s a lot of sewing time, especially if I leave things set up the night before.
I’m hoping my new schedule will run something like:
6am – up, stagger to shower, throw on clothes, attempt to eat breakfast without getting it on me or craft materials. Get bag ready to go to work. DRINK COFFEE (that one’s quite important)
7am – Craft hour! If I allow an hour, that lets me set up and clear down easily, as well as allowing for slippage on the days when I just can’t get up.
8am – leave for work. On a bike, this should take me about half an hour, which is more than enough time to catch my breath before the day starts.
I always used to get up at 6, and although it’ll be hard to adjust at first, I think I’ll get used to it pretty quickly, and spending an hour under my daylight bulb first thing in the morning will do me the world of good. It’ll take time to shift my day in this direction, and I’m not going to attempt anything complex like cutting at 7 in the morning (my lines are wonky enough as it is!) but I could get through a heck of a lot of bags in an extra hour a day.
Wish me luck! Hopefully by Christmas, my lists will look like they belong to a sane person again.
Has anyone else tried this? How did it work out for you? The thing I’m most worried about is how the other half will take to it, since he gets up after me in the morning. Any advice on marital diplomacy?!