Ten Minutes at a Time

After being sidelined, I've been studying my schedule and trying to take advantage of very short periods of work time. I'm making some progress. When my son who is autistic was younger and in school I was able to immerse myself for hours at a time in creating patterns and artwork to sell. But since he graduated it's been difficult to string more than an hour of minutes together when I am at my best, so immersion isn't possible often.

Watching a Nicholas Wilton video encouraged me to look closely at my expectations about working on my art and also reasons/excuses I was making for NOT working on art.  What are my limiting beliefs vs. real limitations?

1) lack of uninterrupted work time
2) clogged work area
3) lack of creative energy
4) overwhelmed by choices
5) worries about originality
6) frustration with lack of progress

That's not all, but it's enough to start with. The first limiting belief I am facing down by working in ten minute chunks of time. When I leave my workroom, I leave it at a point where it is very clear what the next step is, and try to prepare for that. Things like threading the needle with the right color thread. It's really amazing what can be done in less than ten minutes. This works for cleaning as well. It's a flylady principle.

I will be writing more on this, so stay tuned. And here is a work in progress, a Little Red Riding Hood doll who wanted a striped body covering.  The body covering took about two hours, but I did it in ten minute chunks of time.

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