I find myself some days thinking about all the things I have to do and thinking that I have no time to get them all done. I work a full-time job as a truck driver, 6 days 48 hours a week. I am married and have 2 beautiful children. My wife is a stay at home mom. We also home school our children. With this comes a lot of time planning curriculums and scheduling extra activities for learning. It is a full-time job just like being a teacher in a public setting. I help out my wife by doing some of the chores around the house. Therefore more of my time is being taken up. Don’t get me wrong here, I want to help out.
I am an artist and with art comes lots and lots of practice, sketching, painting and research. With all that stuff I do each day of the week is why I feel sometimes that I have no time left for art.
So what am I suppose to do about time?
Well, there are a lot of helpful blogs online, books about time management, and the list goes on. What am I doing? I am starting to schedule my week out day-by-day hour-by-hour. I prioritize the things that are the most important and make sure those are taken care of first. My wife and children are the most important. They come first.
So you ask me what does a typical day and week look like for me. Well here it is.
I want to start with Monday, but in order to do that I must start with Sunday night. I work at my trucking job from 10:40pm till 6:40am, the night shift. I shunt parts for a car manufacturer. I leave home at 10pm and get home around 7 – 7:15am. I let the dog out and have something to eat for breakfast. I then do whatever dishes have been left from the dinner the night before. I then feed the kids their breakfast. By then it is around 8am, my wife and I take time to talk about the day ahead, have our devotions, and pray together. Now it is about 9am. I then head upstairs to bed and sleep til about 3pm. Sometimes I wake up earlier or a little later. I then go downstairs with the kids and help them with their schoolwork or read to them or play a game. Around 4:30pm we get ready for dinner. Dinner lasts about an hour, then we do chores for an hour. We get the kids ready for bed and tuck them in for the night. Now it’s around 7pm. I take this time to work on my art. At 9:45 I have to get ready and head to work. Tuesday my wife has girls night at our house, so I typically have more to do during the dinner and getting the kids ready for bed at night. On Wednesday we have kids night at church which starts at 6:30 – 8:30pm. Not much time left when we get home before I have to go back to work. Thursday my kids have swimming lessons and my daughter has piano from 2:30 – 4:30pm. I take that time to do a few things on the computer (Social media, art related stuff, emails, etc.) as well as start getting dinner ready. After dinner and the kids are in bed I work some more on my art. Then its off to work again at 10pm. Friday I have a chance to do some art before dinner because the kids have gym in the afternoon. After dinner and chores we have family games or movie night. Then it’s off to work. Saturday I come home and I go to bed and sleep for about 3 – 4 hours. When I get up we have lunch and work on chores like laundry. We also go to the farmers market at closing time to catch the best deals on produce and meats. I don’t have to go to work Saturday night so I can work on more of my art. I sleep at night and usually don’t get up til 8am. Unless it’s the first Sunday of the month which I have to be at church to run the Powerpoint on the computer for worship team. After church we have lunch and I sometimes take a nap. We then go to our small group at our friends house at 7:30pm. Then it’s back to work and the start of a whole new week.
So what are you facing in your day-to-day life that is making you say you have no time?
As you can see, I don’t have much time slotted for art at home. However, this is where my job as a shunt truck driver comes in handy. I have 3 and a half hours in the night when I am in the dock waiting to be unloaded. This is the time I use to do some sketching or researching on the internet for art. I sometimes upload finished sketches while at work.
So what are you facing in your day-to-day life that is making you say you have no time? You could look at my schedule and say that I don’t have time to really dedicate myself to my art, but I say I am blessed to have the time to practice my art. It is all in how you care to view things, my glass is half full or half empty. Rather than being negative in our thoughts, let’s be positive and thankful that we have that time at all. I have been reading God’s word and a devotional book that has helped me open my eyes to the fact that God can take the little and do great things with them. All I need to do is to trust God at His word, keep putting Him first along with my family and the rest He will take care of.
Let me know in the comments what you think of this blog. I would love to hear your story of managing time.