How do you find the time?

Hello all,

Well, another week has passed and I find myself with very little to show in the way of hobby progress.  I’ve managed to finish cleaning mold lines from my lootas and grot bots, add some basing texture, and prime them all.  I also manage to paint a little metal on one.  It’s not a lot of progress but after a hectic week at least it’s something.  This has got me to thinking about ways to improve my output a bit.

I have a space set aside for a dedicated working area but it’s down in the basement where it’s not always convenient or comfortable to work so I set up a tray for each project.  I like to have something large enough to hold the model/unit I’m working on, the extra pieces I’ll be adding to it, and most of the tools and supplies I’ll need for the build.  This way I can leave the project set up and just stash the tray when I’m not working.  I also have a portable painting station that holds my paints, brushes, water jar, and several models for the same purpose.  With this system it usually takes about five minutes to set up and start working, and another five to clean up again.  It’s not as ideal as just sitting down and getting to it but it’s not a bad second option.

The other struggle that I have is that it is often difficult to find the motivation to pick up the models.  After a long day of work and a couple hours of getting the kids through dinner and bed time I often just want to sit and vegetate a bit.  This is where I really suffer from having everything stashed in the basement.  If I’ve left everything set up where I can see it I’m just drawn to it but out of sight is out of mind so once I’ve brought everything downstairs it often stays down there for days.

So what tricks do you have for finding the time and motivation to work on your models?

  • Pretty much the same for me. Once I moved my hobby stuff to the 3rd floor, which allows our dining room to be a dining room, my productivity reduced seriously. I need to make a conscious effort to work on stuff now and it doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like. I lack the children to occupy time, but of course still work, and by the time I get home and eat it’s already late. The best I manage is painting binges as time permits. If I have a few hours I’ll just hammer on painting. Which means not doing my other hobbies, like PC gaming, which takes some serious effort :)

    • Isn’t it amazing what a few stairs can do?

  • JustHippie

    I’m pretty sure we all have tons of unfinished projects and probably a bunch of ones we never started. Tournaments are great motivators for me since I want so badly to field a completely painted army. I don’t play PC or console games(they just don’t compare to my Atari console when I was a kid). I truly enjoy modeling and painting so if I have a few minutes(literally waiting for the oven to heat up) I’ll go sit and hit a model with paint or scrape some mold lines.
    The convenience of having it all set up and easily accessible makes a BIG difference. Like you said “out of sight…”

    • I also enjoy modelling and painting quite a bit but our living space is somewhat small and always seems cluttered. There just isn’t any room, most of the time, for me to leave my stuff where it’s easy to get at. When we’re ready for a new place I’m hoping to find enough space for a roll-top desk or something so I can keep my current projects right at hand but quickly hide it when it’s time to make the place presentable.

  • TheRhino

    I’m lucky enough to have half a room to myself, and a pile of crap on my desk to pick at all the time. When i do get that spare 10 minutes, it easy enough to sit down, glue a part, file some mold lines, etc. It looks like a bomb went off in here, but I try tokeep a minimumof WIP stuff on the desk at any given time. Right now I have three models in progess.
    It’s all about access.

    • I have a good sized chunk of the basement that is like that. It works well enough when I can get my lazy ass out of bed a bit early. But in the few hours that the kids and I are both home and awake I don’t usually like to hide away from them. Maybe I can set up an adjacent craft station for the girls and call it family time…

  • Problem #1 “dedicated working area… where it’s not always convenient or comfortable to work” + Problem #2 “…usually takes about five minutes to set up and start working” = “The… struggle that I have is that it is often difficult to find the motivation to pick up the models.”

    • I think that sums it up pretty well.

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