Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One Flower Wednesday - Week 8

For this week's One Flower Wednesday, I thought you
might enjoy seeing how I use time management to produce
my flowers. Years ago I discovered the power of using a timer.

                                                   Here is how it works.
 1. Set the timer for 15 minutes and work on something you really enjoy
     until the timer rings. Once the timer rings, reset the timer for 15 minutes.

 2. This time work on something you do not enjoy...laundry, sweeping,
     cleaning...etc. When the timer rings, reset for 15 minutes.

 3. Begin a another task that needs to be done....dishes, yardwork, etc.
     When the timer rings, reset for 15 minutes.

 4. Find another task around the house that needs to be done...
     meal preparation, empty dishwasher, etc. When the timer rings,
     reset for 15 minutes.

  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you finish the tasks that need
      to be completed.

By using this system, you spend 15 minutes of every hour working on something you really enjoy. It makes the time spent doing the less favorable tasks more tolerable because you know there is a break coming soon. In my opinion, we often dred tasks that can be finished in a few minutes. Would you believe it only takes 4 minutes to empty the dishwasher! Seriously!

Let's take a look at how flowers progress using the timer system.

First - 15 minute session.

Second - 15 minute session...

 Third - 15 minute session...

Fourth - 15 minute session.

Fifth - 15 minute session...

Sixth - 15 minute session...

It took an additional 8 minutes to complete this flower.
In total, it took a little over 1 1/2 hours to complete this flower.
Finish times will vary depending on how fast you sew
and how often you are distracted by things around you, 
but I was hoping to encourage others that this kind
of project attainable if you break it down into smaller goals.  

That being said, here are my additional flowers for this week.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is
dressed in overalls, and looks like work."
- Thomas A. Edison

May you always Sew in Peace!


  1. Wonderful, wonderful flowers! Flylady would love your 15 minutes well spent! :-))

  2. Nice flowers! and that's a great way to get all those task's done..

  3. You certainly know all about time-management, AND you know how to spend your time to make beautiful flowers - I enjoyed reading your post and looking at your beauties.

  4. Wonderful flowers very pretty........I just might try your 15 minute timer rule.Thanks for the idea.

  5. I like your 15 minute time management! I'm a timer user, but sometimes I forget to stop what I am doing!

  6. Your flowers are beautiful..and your garden is blooming..Thanks for the time management tip...I may just have to try it out.. x Kate X

  7. Beautiful flowers! I'm very good at ignoring my timer when it is set for me to do something I don't want to do - lol! Love the Edison quote - so true!!

  8. Like the timer idea! As always, your flowers are beautiful!

  9. I find your colours very calming. I will try your idea of the timer. I myself tried something similar eons ago and it did work. It was a bit different in that I sewed while I waited for the potatoes to cook, etc.

  10. I love this idea--I'm going to try it!


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