How I Make Time

June 24, 2013 · 2 comments

How do I make time to work on those things I want to keep learning? How can you?


  • Pick at it, here a little, there a little; 15 minutes a day is still almost 2 hours a week
  • Chuck the TV and turn off the internet
  • Read nonfiction in the bathtub or even while the kids are in theirs
  • Put the kids to bed on time
  • Always have something to do with you when you’re out: sketchbook, knitting, etc.
  • Greet the sunrise (not the midnight moon)
  • Ask your family for a few hours to yourself, once a week (schedule it)
  • Say “no” to too many outside responsibilities
  • Let your kids see that you have “homework” too; you can even do it while they’re busy with theirs
  • Do things with your family: gardening, learning about baking, painting…
  • Focus your interests onto a smaller plate; too many can pull you into too many directions and waste time
  • Take a class; nothing like outside dates or deadlines to help you get going!
  • Listen to audio tapes when in the car; it’s better for your blood pressure than talk radio anyway
  • Take a regular walk and learn to quiet your mind. ┬áMore ideas will come!




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Brenda June 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Great ideas! I’ll admit to being a night owl who would rather burn the midnight oil than the morning one, but the effect is the same. :) When learning is made a priority, the time is there for it. I’ve gotten pretty good with taking a book with me wherever I go. It’s amazing how much reading one can do when a minute is grabbed here and there.


Linda June 30, 2013 at 2:44 am

I think the only thing I would add to your great list is don’t ever say “I’m too old.” I’ve been learning to can jam this year for the first time at the age of “29 – again” :-)


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