Saturday, September 17, 2011

No time for a hobby

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

I often think I'd like to be doing something else.  Almost ANYTHING else than working 24/7.  The thing is, I like my work--all aspects of it.  I like writing, I like promoting, I like the nit-picky stuff like ordering bookmarks.  I think I would have a tough time if I hired an assistant (which I can't afford anyway, but a girl can dream) because I'd be hovering all the time . . . thinking I could do whatever I'd assigned him/her (like putting stamps on postcards) much better, more efficiently, and put them on straight at exactly 1/8th of an inch away from both edges of the corner. 

Anal?  Me?  You bet!

But then there's a part of me that would like to do something for relaxation, too.  I used to do a bit of knitting.  I used to do a LOT of counted cross stitch, but carpal tunnel put an end to both of those things. I've thought about taking classes in tole painting and rubberstamping . . . but that would mean I'd have to make time in the day for other stuff and it just ain't gonna happen. At least not any time soon.

I bought a bunch of movies last summer thinking it would be great to watch them.  They're still sitting in the boxes unopened.  Who has time for a movie?  (Okay, if it was Star Trek, I'd probably MAKE time. In fact, I did.  Many times.  )

But otherwise, there just isn't enough time in the day.

How do you make time for the things you'd like to do?

8 comments:

Vicki said...

Boy, I hear ya! I'm a teacher and have an assistant, which is great, but still work contstantly as well. I'm going in to school later today in fact(yes, I know its Saturday!). Parents always ask if they can help me with things, but I always feel the need to do it myself too. Finding time to do fun things is hard, but it's also hard finding the energy. Usually reading or napping are my "fun things" once school starts! If there is something I REALLY want to do, I try to reprioritize my list and if I can't get the less important things done, oh well...there is always next weekend.

Barbara said...

Actually I don't make time for things I'd love to do, like knitting, needlepoint, playing piano, and geneology. It seems like my days are so short and I have a problem with fatigue because of COPD so I'm constantly frustrated.

Aurian said...

I love reading more than anything, but I do make time to spend with my boyfriend watching series or movies he likes. He wouldn't mind me reading and him watching, I just want to do some things together, at least on Sunday. And well, I have to make time to go to work every day, which is hell on my reading time of course ;)

Vickie said...

I am lucky that my job is now back in shifts. I work 5 on and 3 off in rotations of days, swings, mids. On quiet shifts, I get to read. On my break days, when DH is at work and Lady K is at school, I get the place to myself. I do some housework and I also make time to read or blog. One day I'll get back to my cross-stitch and I'd love to learn how to knit.

Vicki said...

I'm lucky because I don't have to work so I have plenty of time for doing what I love. Reading, biking, going to the beach and yes, watching movies.

Nancy said...

My problem is not having time for things I want to do, but doing things I should do. I spend a lot of time reading and being on the internet, but not enough time doing laundry or dusting.

Linda said...

I've always found/made time to do the things I want to do - reading, knitting, cross-stitching. Even if it is only stitching for 15 minutes a night - those minutes add up. I read during commercials (while watching tv)... I set it on mute and read until the show comes on. It works for me! On the weekends, I set a timer. I read or knit or whatever until the timer goes off, and then I do a house chore. Then I set it again and do my fun stuff until it goes off, then do a house chore - and so on....

Linda in VA

Anonymous said...

I am suffering from chronic pain issues so sometimes I can be productive and sometimes not. I am not working so I enjoy time for reading and research for family history, and going to classes I love but wish I had more energy to be creative without the bother of pain stopping me. If I have an hour of household chores I have to stop and rest. I plan my days and still get as much done as possible for enjoyment. I make time in the evening for my own enjoyment of reading, crafts or movie time I like. Reading comes first!