Do you feel like you have too many hobbies? Do you jump from one thing to another? Yeah, me too! I figured it out though. My brain likes to be kept busy. It’s a side effect of having Inattentive ADHD. I have several projects going at a time that I rotate. It’s ok to have more than one project. Really!
I love Quilting, sewing (yes, they are 2 different things, but more on that later), scrapbooking, reading, cross-stitch, crocheting, and I am sure there are a few more I am forgetting. This keeps things interesting. Do I have too many hobbies? No way!
I have decided it isn’t necessary to make myself finish an entire project before working on something else for awhile. Sort of a brain break. Well, that is unless it is a gift for someone and I have to have it done by a certain day. Then I just plow through and get it done.
How to choose which project to do
Sometimes I work on a project for a few hours or a few days, put it away until next week or next month, then pull something else out. I have multiple hobbies, but it just keeps life interesting! If I am making a quilt, sometimes I work on it for a few days or hours then swap it out for something else.
My favorite way to keep interested in one hobby
I found that I love online Block of the Month’s or Quilt-Alongs, they are perfect! Typically it is one quilt block or row per month. It is perfect for someone with ADHD! There are many different challenges out there ranging from lettering challenges, doodling challenges, short bible studies and so many more. These are perfect for short term, quick to finish projects.
My current project is a cute Christmas quilt called Gingerbread Village by The Quilting Company. It is a fun design and has enough to think about that it keeps my attention. It is a class at our local quilt shop called Sew Easy, one night a week, designed to work on one block a week. I love it!
Confession – I have about 5 different projects going on. At times it is frustrating to me, but it works out really well. I have a few fall projects and a few Christmas projects. I even have a few bags that are in progress of being made.
But guess what? It is completely fine to do that! I have given myself permission! I had to learn to be ok with working on multiple projects at once.
How to keep track of multiple hobbies
I have a bullet journal (BuJo for short) that I have a page dedicated to each hobby. I don’t feel overwhelmed by too many hobbies that way. If I have some time to myself to be able to work on something, I can pull out my BuJo and look through the different projects I have started and choose one. My favorite notebook to use is a Leuchtturm 1917. And no, I don’t know how to pronounce that name correctly. Loy-ch-turm. Lew-cht-urm. Yeah, it’s just my notebook. I should add it to my list of things to do… find out how to pronounce it.
Do you find yourself working on several things at once, or do you like to focus on only one project? Do you feel like having multiple hobbies is overwhelming? Let me know in the comments below how you deal with it. Maybe you have a great idea to share!
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