Part of it is because I have been multitasking for years, usually working a few different part time jobs, teaching quilting classes, raising kids, taking care of relatives, and a dog, and a house. My brain is usually thinking about many varied things all at the same time. But part of accomplishments is setting goals and being organized.
Here are some of my suggestions:
*have all the supplies needed for the project in a bag.
There is no searching for scissors at the last minute, or not having the correct thread needed, etc. I want the stitching time to be relaxing and rewarding, not frustrating. I try to be organized and have all the prep/thinking work completed for each take along project.
*always have a take along project at the ready. I have
several project bags that I can grab as I fly out the door to pick up the kids. I grab whichever project I feel like working on at that moment...hand piecing, embroidery, hand quilting. Sometimes the decision is influenced by the amount of time I think I might have (ie. if I just have a long wait, I bring a project that needs a lot of detailed work). Sometimes it is influenced by the weather (ie. if it's hot, I pick something small and light to hold, and if it's cold I bring a large hand quilting project to sit under).
*believe that 5 or 10 minutes here and there adds up to major progress. I never waste time since it is the most valuable resource I have.
*I rarely watch TV but if I do, I am doing some hand stitching. If it is a totally engrossing show (rare!) then I only stitch during commercials. Mostly I borrow DVD's from the library and "watch" them on my computer while I'm quilting. I also listen to CBC radio and books on CD instead of watching TV. When the weather is good, I stitch outside in my back yard.
*my brother has been very sick, so I always take stitching when I visit him or take him to appointments. You never know how long you will have to wait. In waiting rooms I notice that people generally either stare at TV's or stare at their phones. I am spending that same time being creative and making something. It helps me to feel more relaxed, and sometimes generates some interesting conversation and positive energy, which is always welcomed by everyone in hospitals and Dr's offices.
*keep at least one project bag in the car. You never know when you mayhave to wait - in a traffic jam, to get on a ferry, etc.
Everyone else will be frustrated and stressed, but you will be relaxed and sewing something!
*enjoy the process! Focus on the positive and how many stitches you put in (not the negative..."I have been working on this quilt for 6 years and it's still not done"!)
Do you have any helpful hints to share? Please post a link to your hand stitching blog post below.