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It's a little embarrassing that it has got to this stage but here I am asking the Dakka community for time management tips and tricks. I'm a self-confessed hobby butterfly and procrastinator; I flit from project to project and from game system to system and while that's entertaining and all, it does mean no one project ever gets finished to my satisfaction. It doesn't help that I find painting the least enjoyable aspect and I am not a particularly fast painter either.

Now that I have recently just entered my 40's, I am faced with the real and terrifying prospect that I could conceivably croak before finishing what has become a vast backlog. I did have a massive clear-out a few years ago and whilst that was cathartic in reducing the load, it has steadily crept back up. To top it all, I have now got a 3D printer and it means the backlog is once again inexorably growing larger.

I don't suppose I am the only person with this problem. I figure what I should do is to set aside some regular time every week to sit down and get things done. My problem is that I find it all too easy after finishing work to veg in front of the TV or PC and watch a football match or play a video game and slowly, days turn into weeks, to months and to years before I do anything. It has literally been 2 years since I last wielded a paintbrush I think.

So what do you do? Do you have any effective time management strategies? Tips and tricks for staying motivated? I guess the first step would be cataloguing everything and making a (large) list of all the tasks that need doing but I am afraid I will take one look at that list and immediately lose the will to live.

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You should check Tabletop Minions channel on Youtube, Uncle Atom has some very good videos on time management and motivation.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2CKTY1TXQ4YQ3AHvyCgtbQ

For me (I have about the same problem has you do), trying to have specific lists... objectives... was a recipe for failure when I tried it. At first, I spent more time organizing lists, classifying backlog... than I spent doing actual hobby stuff, and I kept making myself deadlines that I missed, which is not great for motivation.
Nowadays, while I keep a mostly up to date backlog, I try to move forward in a general direction, not aiming for a specific achievement in a specific time frame. When the year began, I decided that I wanted to build all my sprues of Titanicus Knights and Titans. Which I did. Now, I decided that I wanted to paint Cursed City, so I'm on it. But if work interferes, or I just want to spent a couple evenings playing video games, or building a lot of Warhammer Underworlds warbands that I snatched on Ebay instead of moving forward on Cursed City, I don't feel bad about it just because my Trello card is past time.
   
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First and only tip?

Realise A Painting Session Needn’t Be Hours Long.

This is something I’m working on myself. Given I work from home, I’m intending to push myself to do a bit of painting during my lunch breaks. Even if it’s just half an hour, that’s enough to base coat a model or two, or do a bunch of drybrush or wash jobs. Do that a few times a week, with perhaps some extra time after work, and I should start to see surprisingly rapid progress.

With any luck, it’ll become a habit.

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Damn. It's like you're me. Except for owning a 3d printer... Embarrassed to say I have never yet fielded a fully-painted force in a game.

Definitely do little bits here and there when you get a moment. And make it easy on yourself to paint. If you have the space, have a hobby area set up permanently so you don't have the barrier of getting all your stuff set up before you start. Also, be realistic about your quality standards - maybe your troopers belt buckles don't need 3 layers of highlights...

I'm struggling to do it myself, but try to be ruthless with what you buy and work on. Maybe that stuff that's sat around for years is never going to happen, and could just go on ebay???
   
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Welcome to the club!

A few things that have worked for me:

1. Schedule a small bit of time to do hobby stuff on a regular basis. This should not be a marathon session, maybe an hour or even half hour, but put it on your calendar and treat it like any other obligation. If you get into a routine, it's much easier to chip away at things. The hardest part, especially when you have a big backlog, is getting started. Even doing 30 min a week will get you more progress than 0 hours a week.

2. Do not have all your projects out on the table, or even within eyesight if possible. It's very easy to get overwhelmed when you see the mass of grey plastic, primed models, and WIP things sitting all over your desk, and that can lead to analysis paralysis and you doing nothing instead. Have only one or two things within easy reach to work on.

3. If at all possible, have a dedicated hobby space. This is really important with #1, since if you also have to take time to set up and so on, you're less likely to do any work in that period. Of course, this isn't always possible, depending on space, but even if it's an organized box that you pull out and break out a TV tray, that's better than having to sort through a bunch of stuff, clear off a working area, etc.

4. Set small goals. And I mean small. Like "get the fleshtones done on these 3 dudes." Ideally, something you think you can tackle in that 1 hour painting session you just put on your calendar.

5. (HAHAHA, yeah, nobody does this, especially me) Don't buy new stuff until you've cleared off something from your to-do list. Now, I'm not saying "don't buy anything until you've painted everything you own," because realistically we'll never do that. But, if you can make yourself not buy something until you've finished a thing, that "reward" of getting a new shiny can help with motivation to get a thing done.

And like others have said, Tabletop Minions has some good videos on this subject, too. The main thing is keep in mind that this is a hobby, and supposed to be something you enjoy. If you're not enjoying it, then you're doing it wrong (and that's the only "wrong way" to do any of this hobby: not enjoying it).

Edited to add:
Oh, and do not go through and inventory everything like you mentioned in the OP. This ties into my #2 and #4 items. I mean, I guess you could do that if you're thinking of finding things you really don't care about and getting rid of them, but if you're doing it to make a to-do list, you will immediately discourage yourself.

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Pick two models or units.

Put them, the paints and brushes on a tray each.

Put everything else away.

Paint SOMETHING each day - a hat, a gun, a basecoat. While it's drying, paint something on the other set.

Keep it short, simple, and the rest out of sight and out of mind. Enjoy & good luck!
   
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Here are some ideas that have helped me in no particular order.

1. Schedule an event at a future date, and commit to having a fully painted force by that event. It could be a game with a friend, a get together at the shop, and tourney, etc.

The hard deadline makes it easier to push that one project to completion.

2. Stop painting alone. Instead, schedule a few hours after work with a fellow painter, or even just move your painting area into a social part of your home.

I personally have all my paining stuff packed away except to a small cutting mat with 10-40 models on it, and the bare minimum of stuff I need for the next steps in small container. I then take it out and set-it up at the kitchen table paint for a bit, and then put it all back away. When I paint, other members of my household are around OR I can easily take it to my friend's place for a painting night.

3. Be happy with arm's length quality. Most of us play our games at arm's length anyway. Therefore, be happy if a model looks good enough at arm's length.

Do not be critical of your painting while painting. Every paint job looks like crap before you finish it. The key thing is ... did you paint something?

4. Batch paint key elements a squad all has in common. For example, as I paint vikings in batches of 60 models, I paint all of their skin first, then all of their shoes, then all of their weapons, then all of their hair, then I start to break it out into units of 10 for individual features and colors. painting 120 boots at one time sucks..... but it gets large, tedious parts of models down in one swoop. Then you have 60 models ready for smaller steps to finish so you can finish lots of models at a time.

5. Plan your work. I do not mean, plan your project. I mean break it down into the smallest step at a time. For example, step 1, undercoat 1 squad. Step 2 paint any exposed skin with 1 layer. Step 3, paint their boots. Step 4, paint the trousers. Etc. Do your work in small steps, and when you finish a step take a moment to breath, review your next step, and realize that you have made progress!

6. The last one is the easiest, but also the hardest. Just start painting! The hardest part is looking at the models sitting there not started. There is always something easier to do. Instead, just start painting. One color at a time.

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 filbert wrote:
It's a little embarrassing that it has got to this stage but here I am asking the Dakka community for time management tips and tricks. I'm a self-confessed hobby butterfly and procrastinator; I flit from project to project and from game system to system and while that's entertaining and all, it does mean no one project ever gets finished to my satisfaction. It doesn't help that I find painting the least enjoyable aspect and I am not a particularly fast painter either.

Now that I have recently just entered my 40's, I am faced with the real and terrifying prospect that I could conceivably croak before finishing what has become a vast backlog. I did have a massive clear-out a few years ago and whilst that was cathartic in reducing the load, it has steadily crept back up. To top it all, I have now got a 3D printer and it means the backlog is once again inexorably growing larger.

I don't suppose I am the only person with this problem. I figure what I should do is to set aside some regular time every week to sit down and get things done. My problem is that I find it all too easy after finishing work to veg in front of the TV or PC and watch a football match or play a video game and slowly, days turn into weeks, to months and to years before I do anything. It has literally been 2 years since I last wielded a paintbrush I think.

So what do you do? Do you have any effective time management strategies? Tips and tricks for staying motivated? I guess the first step would be cataloguing everything and making a (large) list of all the tasks that need doing but I am afraid I will take one look at that list and immediately lose the will to live.


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Dear Op,

I have been struggling with this exact same problem.

First and foremost, that is probably the most common problem in the hobby and you are far from alone. Ironically I say this as I'm sitting in front of the PC instead of painting, procrastinating!
(I am getting down to it as soon as I finish writing this post though..)

Painting, just like anything else; is all about habit, behaviour patterns and learning to manage those. Core tenant of my philosophy is is that nothing worth having comes easy.
Its just like going to the gym or cleaning. Once you do it a couple times you will develop a routine. It comes down to purely training and expanding your will power and just simply doing it.
Everyone is different so I dont know if my motivational hooks will work on you..

1. If you have a dedicated paint desk then it's infinitely more easier and you might as use that as a motivational clutch (Man I have this awesome space and don't use it.. people don't even have half of this and the paint... Shame on me!)

If not I would start by cleaning your work area thouraghly, or prepping a work area if possible. As soon as you finish sit down pick up the closest model and start painting. If you have an area and its clean just sit down and paint.

2. Moving forward, its all about time allocation. You can paint for 30m or 5 hrs whatever your life allows. BUT It does not have to be many hours! A common thing I did was internalise the following self-limitation "Ohh I wasted too much time conquering the old world as vampire counts... I could have been painting for 3 hours but now I only have 1.5 hrs left until I have to do another thing... Its not worth it to start now because I wasted too much time"

Say it out loud. Then say it to your partner, friend or whoever is nearby... their response should show you how silly that logic is. Everybody knows it but almost everybody does this.. Very easy trap

Depending on your circumstance consider how much of your leisure time you want to dedicate to painting. Nothing wrong with being ambitious but try to be realistic. 1.5 hrs is a good starting point IMO.
What I recommend you do when you have your leisure time block - Set an alarm on your phone the day before or on the day and have that mofo on reoccurring. Nothing wrong with watching some tv or games. You decide how to split your time. When that alarm goes off have an internal discussion and decides if you going to paint or not. Even if it doesn't work the first time, the fact you are taking active steps to prime yourself for this might give you the push to actually do it. And once you do it once, twice it can then develop into a habit.

3. Once you have your prompt(timer/alarm), and if it's still not been working, you can try make an internal contract if you need a further motivational hook. If you are a professional person try to get in that frame of mind.

For example internalise that if you dont do it you will do 20 pushups, take out the trash, do the dishes or call your someone thats a bit of a ballache to talk to (something thats a pain but not impossible or overly difficult) and if you do paint, you will reward yourself with a snack of choice.

4. Do other physical things in your leisure time when prompted if painting is not working. Even if its not painting do SOMETHING. I recommend going for a simple walk. Maybe walk the dog or take your kid out for a stroll. Maybe clean up your car or your garage. Literally anything other than vegging out. The idea is to create a break in that behaviour pattern. Once you do that it will be easier to start painting. But you have to break that pattern.

5. If you cant do this alone, get help from your partner/friend/whomever you live with. Talk to someone about your plan so they know when your prompt goes off you were meant to go paint/do XYZ.

6. It's all down your will power and intention at the end of the day. I tried internally & Externally coerce myself into changing my behaviour pattern. If deep down you really want to paint your things, you will do it. And if not? Maybe it's time to face the truth that this does not interest you anymore, and either pay someone for commissions or just sell your things and look at different hobby/investment.

Like dieting, gym, or anything else in life. Apply focus and a professional approach and you can change your habits.

7. Start small. Small projects. One character/small monster model. Small at first and try not to get overwhelmed (Cries in 36 guardians)

8. Set realistic goals to keep the momentum going. Once you start painting and develop those good habits. Feed it and expand. Maybe sign up to an event or a game sometime in the furute, and have a goal of what you need to paint in that time for that game.


Anyway, I'm no psychologist or anything. After doing some research I found these things very helpful. They might help you.

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Some good tips and advice so far, thanks all! I am definitely going to make sure I set aside some dedicated time every week to it and try to form a habit out of it.

I know one of you advised against it but I went ahead and made a Trello board with all the tasks on it. There's a hell of a lot there but strangely I actually feel a bit better about it knowing that it is expressed and codified all in one place rather than being in my head!

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If a Trello board works for you, then great! I tried it, and it helped a tiny bit, but I was bad about updating it and sticking to it, so I let it fall off. I guess an important tip left out is to try a few various strategies. Expect some of those to fail, but some will probably "feel right," so keep on with those.
   
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Fantastic advice on offer already.

For me shutting down purchases and participating in a monthly hobby challenge has really helped.

I am a horrible procrastinator but having something pledged with my local club has meant every month I strike something from the Pile.

I slipped up and bought a few characters but since beginning this approach at the start of 2020 I've removed 157 models from the pile and only added the 2.

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You seem self aware enough to probably realise that this very thread is part of you procrastination. Stop reading the replys now and go paint something.

You can read this when your done:

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I've caught up now but my trick was to spend about 15 minutes, immediately after waking up, just assembling anything that was on a sprue. My workspace was the window sill in my bedroom.

I didn't focus on getting a model built but merely making sure there was a sprue on hand to work from.

There's nothing worse than getting into work and being told there is nothing to do for the whole 8+ hours, but you have to stay to punch your ticket all the same. Well, that 15 minutes was my shift and so long as I had some plastic to cut'n'glue then I was happy in my work...

Now I have a load of assembled but unpainted models, so I guess now is the time to replace that modelling process with the painting process, specifically undercoating. Damn, its a depressing thought that I'll be out of a job again when all the undercoating is done! I guess when that happens I'll take up base coating and thus there is always something to do.

15 minutes on its own doesn't sound like much, but somedays you get into the groove and it turns into 20-30 minutes - even a hour. At the bare minimum its at least an hour and forty five minutes at the end of the week and possibly enough to fill an eight hour shift...

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Make sure there's somewhere in the house where you don't have to worry about setup and teardown of your painting gear.

Batches of no more than 5 minis at a time, but make sure each five are 100% finished before moving on.

Watching TV and cleaning mould lines at the same time is the perfect multitasking opportunity, especially football which doesn't need total attention, most of it is about the commentary.

Try to get into skirmish games more, with mass battle games, stick with 1-3 armies per system if you like to have lots of games on the go.

Try to buy minis that can be used in multiple systems, and get into games that are mini-agnostic. With Stargrave, I have some Star Saga minis I painted years ago that will work great. With "A Billion Suns", my Full Thrust minis (including some scratchbuilds! ) that haven't been used in 20 years will see use. Direct the hobby butterfly towards the flowers where the nectar is easy to reach!

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Make sure there's somewhere in the house where you don't have to worry about setup and teardown of your painting gear.



I actually found the opposite to be true. Not to call you out specifically, but I have seen several people say this.

When I could have it out all the time.... it was always just a thing I could do anytime I wanted. When I stored it away and had to take it out to do it...... then it became an exciting "something" as opposed to always being there.

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I saw someone on Instagram, Dana Howl I think it was, say about setting the goal of doing 15 minutes every day. This can be a quick wash, a spray of primer, a bit of basing, whatever but the point is that you make a little dent all the time. And it doesn’t mean you *only* do 15 minutes, you need longer days but it means that you always get a little bit done and stay somewhat focused. I’ve lapsed on it but I’m back in the saddle and the system works well for me.
   
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For me, it was a matter of changing how I went about painting.

Now, I still have, and probably will always have, a backlog. But I'm far more productive in the last 5 years than I've been in the previous 20 years, because I changed my approach to painting things.

Instead of thinking "How will I paint this mini?", I think "How will I paint a lot of minis in a reasonably quick amount of time?" Investing some time in planning can save a lot of time in execution, and the goal is to get stuff done before you run out of enthusiasm.

This lead me to getting an airbrush and learning some speedpainting techniques, and planning a paint job with an eye to paint transparencies and acquiring different hobby products (different brands of paint, for example). If something takes 3-4 layers to go over a black undercoat, maybe you can find something that does the job in one coat? Can you employ drybrushing and washes to achieve an effect you'd normally do with careful brush work? Can you use texture paint where before you'd be painting sand?

A lot of these solutions involve spending money to save time. But that's money better spent than just adding to the huge pile of minis in the closet, and success breeds success. If you can get through 1000pts of minis in a couple weeks of painting, you'll be more willing to do it again, and you'll likely maintain your enthusiasm on a project for long enough to either complete it or get enough of it done for it to be useful (especially in a gaming context), and you'll have enthusiasm to paint more of it because of that.

   
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Here's a few things I've found help me at times:

1) Organise. Your hobby space, your collection, your tools. Organise.

This has multiple layers to it, but at its core its about being able to both take stock of what you have and also be able to put your hand on what you want/need quickly and without fuss. Others have spoken about having a neat table space to work with and if possible having your hobby space setup - just like that having your models in storage or containers and packets and such helps too.

This is all about clearing the air and the space and also being able to access your hobby with the least amount of fuss and low barriers.

2) Box up. As said earlier, I second the view that hte last thing you want is a busy desk. You organise the desk and then you strip down so that you've only got one or a very limited number of projects on show at once to work on. This helps you focus on those things right before you and stops you getting distracted with too many things at once and even having that feeling of so much that you can't finish it all or don't know where to start. When there's only one or two models on the desk that's all you've got to worry about.

3) Sell. I say this one with extreme caution and would say its best to box up and store first. Buying back into things is ALWAYS more expensive and sometimes can be impossible (models out of production).
That said at the very least its good to sometimes take stock and pause and realise that there's some models you don't need and are never going to get around too and that perhaps you can sell them on or give them away. When GW launched Ossiarchs I sold off a bunch of high elf models - models I'd never touched (or hardly touched) and that I just wasn't ever going to get around to using and building. I turned that money back into letting me start Ossiarchs with basically very little to 0 cost to myself at that time. I turned a deadweight into a live interest.

But I do suggest you sit on such choices for a while, don't make impulsive sale choices as they can come back to bite you.

4) Display your completed stuff. Yep when you finish it display it. Be proud and show it off. This helps create a win for you; it helps motivate and it helps you see your successes. Doesn't matter if its 1 shelf or a whole cupboard or a room or whatever. This is all about trying to find ways to reward yourself and the nice thing is you only need 1 finished model to do it and it doesn't have to be tied to anything, a pure vanity bit of work on something for the shelf; a model for an army; whatever.

This is one of those micro-goals that you can set for yourself that gives you a nice simple clean win.

Your hobby in itself is a reward, but within that its good to find ways to have achievements and rewards along the way. They might not seem much, but they do help along the way.

   
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There is a lot of good advice here already but I thought I'd share (mostly repeated advice) of what has been working for me since I started painting again last year.

1 - Developing a Habit

I try to paint at the same time of day most days of the week. I was excited to start paint again to begin with (which certainly helped), but turning it in to a habit has helped me continue painting consistently since June last year.

2 - Few Barriers to Starting

For me having a space ready to go with the minimum necessary to start painting has been useful. Not having to get things out and pack them away makes it much easier to start. This also dovetails with organising your space, so you don't have to search for things in order to get started.

3 - Short Sessions (Mostly)

This is kind of related to the second point, but I try not to feel like I have to paint for hours on end in one go. If I only paint for an half an hour thats still great as I'm still making progress. If I have an afternoon and want to paint for four hours straight, that's awesome, but I don't set that as my standard for feeling like I'm getting somewhere.

4 - One Task at a Time

I have the same problem of having too many projects on the go at the same time, to combat this I try to just have one task on my desk at a time. All my other projects are put away. I still jump between projects but not until I've finished my current task, that may just be a character or a squad, but I don't paint anything else until they're done.

5 - Share your results

I've only very recently started started a painting blog on Dakka which is a good option. Otherwise I share my finished things with my gaming group on messenger, and make my (lukily supportive) Mrs look at my painted toys. Hearing postivie feedback from other people is helpful for staying motivated. As Overread said displaying your completed stuff is a good way of sharing your results with yourself, being able to walk by my shelves and see my progress helps keep me going.
   
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I just do a little bit, be it painting or building, (sometimes both) each evening Sunday - Wed.

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I struggle with this sort of thing too. Generally I have bursts of productivity when work is calm and then drop off the face of the planet for 4-5 months a year when work is mental.

My goal this year was to do 30 minutes every day, because it is really good for my mood and mental health to do that. But that went out the bloody window as usual when the workload went up as it always does.

So I've been tidying, clearing and cataloguing and now I'm going to try to get back into that 30 minute a day habit.

And you mentioned finishing projects. I feel you on that one, but I also think it can become a bit of a burden. I'm trying to take the attitude of having 5 boxes on the shelves on my desk with various different things in them and just painting whatever takes my fancy from each one. I guess since I mostly paint for use in roleplaying games everything is part of that overarching project, but it helps me to stay motivated because I have plenty of different things to mess with.

Another thing that helps is relaxing and not worrying too much about the outcome of a session. If the model looks alright at the end, that's a win. A model with paint on it is always better than a bare model, no matter what.

   
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I A model with paint on it is always better than a bare model, no matter what.


Quoted for truth. Just take the win and move onto the next ones.

Never go back to a finished model, instead move onto the next one.

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I only have one active painting project on my desk at a time.

If im in a modelling/converting phase its pandemonium though haha

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AngryAngel80 wrote:
I don't know, when I see awesome rules, I'm like " Baby, your rules looking so fine. Maybe I gotta add you to my first strike battalion eh ? "


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I would much rather everyone have a half ass than no ass.


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I literally get little breaks between everything else that has to get done during the day. When I do I go and sit and try to get one more color/wash/highlight on whatever I am painting. Through the week those additions add up. My gaming group has also set up a webex call once a week on a regular evening to meet and paint together. We really cannot see what the others are painting, but we chat and work away at our own pace. This small, but dedicated time really helps complete models.

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 filbert wrote:
It has literally been 2 years since I last wielded a paintbrush I think.


If you haven’t painted, at all, in two years, I don’t think time management is your problem. It sounds like you either don’t like to paint, or you aren’t able to overcome whatever block sometimes hits us for things we like but never do.

The way to paint is to make it a priority and then do it. There are dozens of tricks and hacks listed here to help, but you may need to really do a self assessment on your actual interest in painting.

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 Polonius wrote:
 filbert wrote:
It has literally been 2 years since I last wielded a paintbrush I think.


If you haven’t painted, at all, in two years, I don’t think time management is your problem. It sounds like you either don’t like to paint, or you aren’t able to overcome whatever block sometimes hits us for things we like but never do.

The way to paint is to make it a priority and then do it. There are dozens of tricks and hacks listed here to help, but you may need to really do a self assessment on your actual interest in painting.


No, I freely admit that I don't really enjoying painting - it's more of a means to an end for me. I will tolerate it but it does mean my enthusiasm for it waxes and wanes quite severely. Like Da Boss above me pointed out, I have periods of extreme motivation and disinterest and wildly pendulum between the two states. What I really want to do is to lengthen the periods where I have enthusiasm and motivation for the task at hand and manage my time so that I can benefit the most from it. I feel like if I make regular organised painting sessions a bit more of a habit, I stand a better chance of riding that crest of the enthusiasm wave for a little longer.

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