Sometimes the biggest creative challenge is simply finding time

Funny how many creative ideas I get when I don’t have time to do any of them.

In the past two weeks the only crafty work I’ve done is work on a couple of the worsted pocket nets for my cousin’s pool table. Work on the pockets paused because I haven’t had much free time lately, but it turned out to be a good thing – last week my cousin’s wise wife pointed out the corner pockets might be shaped differently than the side nets. Their task this week is to compare the corner nets with the side nets.

At least now I don’t feel guilty for not having started the third pocket net yet!

Normally I’d try to squeeze in a quick project while waiting for the corner net data. This week, though, I’m not jumping into anything new. I’m taking a mini crafting break. Maybe it’s withdrawal, but every evening – no matter how tired I am after a hectic day of writing, interviewing, transcribing, researching, editing and marketing (actual writing is only a fraction of a freelance writer’s job) – I feel restless, as if I’m squandering time by not making something.

Funny how the great ideas always tend to pop up when you’re not looking for new projects. (Thanks a lot, Pinterest!)

I’ve never been great at juggling multiple projects. If I set one thing aside to work on another I lose momentum – and sometimes interest – in the first project. Right now my focus is on the pocket nets. Once those are done I can think about new projects.

Then again… maybe I can whip up a dishcloth or two while pondering how the corner nets should differ from the side nets…

How do you find time for your creative endeavors, and how many projects can you handle at once?


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on May 9, 2012, in Creativity, Family, multitasking, Pool Table, Projects, time management and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Weaving is something I can do that doesn’t require strong daylight to enable me to see what I’m doing, and doesn’t hurt my hands when I do it for long periods of time. So! … I finally have found a craft I can enjoy when I get home from work. I sit at my loom in the evening, sometimes for as much as five hours. Happy to have found something I can both do, and totally enjoy!

    • Paula Hendrickson

      I am so coming over to check out the weaving process! And maybe even try a pass or two, if you let me.

  2. I may jump right in at the inspiration or late at night when I should be asleep. I try not to have more than 2 projects at a time, but when I am writing a play, that is usually the one project. Right now, a half written play, scripting my tv show, and that’s enough.

    • Paula Hendrickson

      I always remember something you said a long time ago, about not discussing your plots in much detail until you’ve got something down on paper. Your reason being telling someone your story might decrease the urgency of writing it, making it harder to finish writing. (Do you remember saying that?)

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