(photo credit atypicalquilter)I met and interviewed Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks last night. Not only was she engaging, enchanting, and exciting to talk with, it felt more than a little bit like looking into an energy mirror.
Like me, Asha steals away minutes and strings them together to write things, to work on projects. She’s a busy mom with two kids, a husband, and a life to live. And yet, she is prolific, and writes enough to maintain a top-shelf site all by herself.
If you google Asha, she’s a writing force of nature, mostly around parenting and mom stuff. Before that, she write technical how-to books for people who had no clue. She’s got enough writing put together in blog posts to make a few more books.
Writing is about prioritizing time.
Actually, pretty much anything you want to get done is about time. Sometimes, it’s just about how to hack together enough little scraps to make something out of all the scraps. That’s it. We’re time quilters. Like me, Asha gets her writing tasks accomplished by quilting together scraps of time, scraps of writing, into pieces that drive a conversation.
Thoughts on Time Quilting
- Time quilting is about accepting that you will rarely (never) get full blocks of time to do what you want to do.
- It means mastering the faux ADD world around us: kids threading questions and requests into your ears, your significant other asking you where the popsicle sticks went, your email notifier popping yet another new one in the box.
- You have to have an eye for the value of even the tiniest scrap. What used to be garbage time is now a precious ten minutes, which is just enough to get a blog post written, an email reply sent, and a new mp3 downloaded.
- Write lists and execute against them. Time quilting means small steps forward when you can sneak the time out from around your family and other work. You’d better have a list and be ready. Be ready to execute.
- Work to build time equity. Give your significant other big breaks of time, hours to go out with friends to the coffee shop or a movie, and then call in the favor when you can.
There’ll be more on this later. I ran out of time.
Talking with Asha was certainly an eye opener.
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