Taking the 30 minutes a day plunge

I’ve heard so much around the interwebs about sewing just 30 minutes a day.  I know I”ve told you how I’ve built whole evenings into my schedule, but I’ve found that I procrastinate with a whole evening ahead of me and then justify that it’s too late to start anything after some time has passed.  How’s that for progress?  A whole week has flown by with me excited to sew during the day, but when my evening arrives, I’m tired or procrastinate.  No new dress for me last week.  😦 

I was beginning to feel like it was my job and then feeling guilty that I wasn’t sewing.  As I have stated before, this isn’t my job, it’s my hobby.  I want to keep it enjoyable.

So, even though every day I have a whole evening, I am going to commit to doing only 30 minutes at the beginning of the evening.  That way, if I get into the groove, I can continue, and if I do it first thing, I can’t procrastinate myself out of it.  Am I not clever?  So obviously I’m hoping for a whole evening of sewing, but I will take the 30 minutes a day if that’s all I can motivate myself to doing. 

What do you do to motivate yourself?

Happy sewing everyone!


13 responses to “Taking the 30 minutes a day plunge

  1. It’s hard to find time and energy for all the things you love to do. I know. I have that problem too. I can’t sew in the evenings. With three little ones under five years old and one still nursing, and a chronic illness, I am exhausted when it’s time for them to go to sleep. So in the evening all I do is browse online for a bit, read a book and watch some television. I hope in the future to have a little more energy to sew in the evenings. I would love that quiet time to be a little bit more productive 🙂

    So right now I sew in little moments I can fit into the day. When my husband goes outside with the little ones for an hour. Or when they sleep during the day. But it’s much less then I’d want to.

    It’s ok though. Not always, but most of the times it is 🙂 I bet there will come a time in the future when I can do whatever I want whenever I want it. And I am sure that then I will look back and sometimes even long for these days, in which there is always a little one hiding under my skirts and another one asking for a hug 😉

  2. My time to sew is a lot like Karin’s above me. I usually only have 30-45 minutes free, so I race downstairs and work as quick as I can, then drop everything and race to the next task. I work out of my house so there are a few days here and there where I’ve been able to go down and sew for most of a morning or afternoon, but it’s not as common as I’d like.
    I’ve also found that when the “hobby” starts weighing on me, the “I should be sewing…” thoughts caving in, then I need to step back. Sometimes I won’t sew for a week or two, and then once I get back to it it’s much more fun again and doesn’t feel like a chore on my To-Do List. After all, if it were something I HAD to do, I wouldn’t love it as much.
    Oh, and I tend to do a better job when I don’t try to sew tired. So no all-nighters for me.

  3. Since I sew all day long for my ‘job’, I rarely have time to sew for myself. And I really miss it! I have so many projects stacked up of things I would love to make for myself! I also remember the days when my kids were little, and trying to fit it in. It does get easier ladies! By the time they were 5 year and up, they could entertain themselves longer, weren’t quite as needy! But as long as they are small, they need mommy! Your time will come!

  4. I agree with the comments above. It does become easier as your children get older.
    Your 30 minutes a day idea is a good one. If you have an evening free, rather than feeling like you ‘have to’ sew you can choose to sew for 30 minutes and you can also choose to do something else, if you wish. There is nothing worse than feeling you ‘have to’ do your hobby. After all, you did say it was a hobby …. lol

  5. Although I have whole evenings to commit to sewing, I found that I would sew into the night, only to wake up exhausted. Now each evening I commit to an 1 hour of sewing which leaves times for my other crafts and get to bed at a decent time. Also I like to take a project to work with me, depending on the progress point of the garment. During my lunch break I may mark or baste stitch a garment.

  6. I think you got it right when you said sewing is your hobby, not your job. I adjusted my attitude to fit the available time. I really love to sew, but I don’t feel guilty when I can’t find the time to sew. If I don’t get any sewing done on any particular day, I know the day will come when I can eventually sew. I don’t want to add any pressure of deadlines to my hobby.

    Go a little easier on yourself. 🙂

  7. About 30 minutes a day is all I’ve got to sew, too. I’ve found I feel most successful when, before I end the day’s sewing session, I set myself up so I can start sewing right away the next day. ie: pins in place, machine threaded, ironing done. That way, the first thing I do is sew, not prep to sew. It makes the projects fly by!

    And, I echo Elaray. Go easy. It’s not a race.

  8. Take a look! I kept my promise to wear a garment I made before the weekend was out. This was from your previous post on wearing the garments you sew. Check out my blog to see a photo of the dress I wore to Sunday brunch.

  9. I try to sew at least 30 mintues a night otherwise, like you, I never get any sewing done.

    Even when I am tired and not motivated, I can coerce myself to do just 30 minutes and I time myself.

    On nights when I have other plans or am just tooooo tired to do anything I blow off even the 30 minutes. Give it a try, it is keeping me sewing when I really want to finish a project.

  10. I’ve been doing the 30 minutes thing for a while. I don’t do it every day, but probably 3 of 5 weekdays. I gotta say, it’s not as fun as doing a project from start to finish. But it does keep a project moving and sometimes it even gets done in those little bits!

  11. Let me know if that works well for you–I need to figure out something like this so that I’m not either avoiding the sewing room or locked away in it.

  12. Sometimes the getting started bit is the hard part! Once I’ve started, I usually get on a roll, and 3 hours later…..!

  13. It’s a great idea in theory, but I find that 30 minutes usually isn’t enough time to do anything, especially since I don’t have a permanent workspace. Moreover, whenever I think something will take no time it at all, it takes hours or days.

    If you’re interested in productivity methods, I recommend The Pomodoro Technique. It encourages people to work for 25 minutes, then take a five minute break. After four cycles, a longer break should be taken.


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