Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Eleven Things In Eleven Minutes

Recently a sweet friend posted a comment on my blog stating she did not know how I had time to do the layouts that I do. She knows how utterly busy I am these days with five children in tow, one being a precious yet needy infant. What she does not know is how much I have pared down my creative schedule. Don’t get me wrong, I do take time to get creative. But I challenge myself to get the components of a project done in small increments of time. It’s almost a game for me.
So today I want to share my list of eleven things done in eleven minutes or less in 2011. (Did you like that?) They are listed in no particular order.

1. Upload photos to computer from camera. I have to admit, I can hang on to a bucket load of pictures on my memory card. But I  have a need to get better at doing this on a timely basis. That said, it still does not take but a little bit of time to get them uploaded and in their proper folders.

2. Make a cup of coffee on the Keurig. {wink}

3. Clear project table from last project. This is a must. I simply can’t think with scraps leftover from a previous creative party.

4. Brainstorm. I am on the couch a lot nursing that baby. The ideas can flow if I purposely think about what I want to do next. Helps to keep sketch books or pads all over the place to house those ideas as they fall out of the sky.

5. Make a sketch. I have become more dependent on these as my time is more limited.  A creative binder is always handy to place my visual inspirations as well as graph paper for the actual sketch. Always a great source of much needed inspo.

6. Read a blog post. For me I have honed down several must see daily blogs to just a few. I really try not to wander too far off my list. Setting a timer can keep me from loitering for too long.

7. Write a blog post. Again, I feel redundant here, but this has changed over the past several months too. And it is a way for me to stay connected to the creative world by taking a little time to share some thoughts via a few words and a photo or two.

8. Take inventory of supplies and keep a running list. Keeps me focused when I do get out to shop, or see sales. And too I know what I am low on.

9. Take a photo of yourself in the mirror. Cause we the family photographers do not do this enough. Just sayin’.

10. Declutter inspo board. You know it can get out of hand sometimes, and it just takes a little bit of time to discard the old and clean it up a bit.

11. On the subject of declutter: I set the timer and declutter supplies. It might be paper, letter stickers, chipboard, whatever. I don’t try to do all my supplies, just a section at a time. Keeps things in order and updated, and ready for me when there is a larger portion of time to create!

Hoping these ideas of how to use little bits of time are helpful to you and your artistic pursuits. Now go forth and create!

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Trish said...

Great tips--I love these, Jamie! I can invision you at your house, fitting it all in, with all your special touches. Thanks for giving us a peek into your creative process! And kiss Sawyer for me, will you? :)

BabyBokChoy said...

I would have so much more time if it weren't for the full time job, sigh... I NEVER EVER clean the table. I have creative parties on my table from a year ago, if not longer ago!!

Nathalie said...

Clever post Jamie! TFS!

Debbi Tehrani said...

I love your list, Jamie! So true that you can accomplish a lot if you just set aside the time!

alexandra s.m. said...

Excellent post my Sweet Friend ;-))

Anonymous said...

love these tips you've shared, Jamie!!