By far, the hardest part of any side project/hustle/passion for me is finding time to dedicate to it. I always have grand plans of all the things I’m going to do in the evenings after I get home from work. But by the time I get home and get dinner made, all I want to do is pour myself a glass of wine and watch last night’s episode of The Daily Show. It’s frustrating because, on paper, I should have plenty of time to dedicate to my design work. But my evenings always prove very hit-or-miss as far as motivation goes.
The last couple of weeks I’ve been trying something a little different. My husband has to leave for work at 5:30 am and I get up with him because it’s just easier. Usually, I spend the first hour and a half of my day quietly drinking coffee and surfing Pinterest. But lately, I’ve been trying to get ready for work first thing after I get up. I get ready for the day by 6:30 or 7 am and spend the next hour and a half on design work before heading to my day job. And so far, I think it’s working.
Last week, I designed and drafted this skirt in three days. A process that normally would have taken me a full week. I’ve been wanting a short A-line skirt for a while now. I’ve noticed most skirts I find are either knee-length or decidedly mini and I want something a bit more in-between. As I was fitting this a-line mini skirt design, I knew I’d want to add a waistband but I also realized I completely forgot pockets. But other than those two changes, I’m really happy with this first draft. And with my new found (and hopefully permanent) productivity.