Strident people would say 'make time', as if you could quickly run up a couple of hours, or maybe even an extra week on your dust harboring Bernina!
I love the book 'Sum' by David Eagleman. For those of you yet to experience its delights its s a collection of very short stories which I absolutely adore especially (and here's the connection) the first story with the title 'Sum', which explains what happens in the afterlife. In the afterlife you 'relive all your experiences, but all the moments that share a quality are grouped together.' So you experience everything but your experience come as one chunk and most importantly the author tries to quantify it.
This is fascinating to me, so for example he suggests there could be two years of boredom, exemplified by waiting for appointments or waiting for a train, etc. Three months doing laundry, fifteen months looking for lost items, etc.
So this was my thought. What don't I like doing and what can I reduce to spend less time doing them?
No one likes waiting, but as I have to wait for appointments and trains etc, lets remove the boredom. I can take a note book and write notes, take a laptop and edit stories, take a book and do research. In these circumstances waiting times become disappointingly short and you begin to yearn for someone to over run.
David Eagleman also gives an example of fifty one days deciding what to wear! I am not the only one who cringes at the recognition of that comment. So lets not worry about whether your friends have seen the skirt before, just wear it and then use the time you would have spent on trying on three others to finish that chapter of your recently purchased novel. For there is one thing that I think you should never do and that's stop reading.
We can't 'make time' but what we can do is prioritize. Many years of waiting for children at swimming lessons allowed me the glory of re watching Buffy - yes the whole seven series! No more 'wasted' time, ever!
Try it for a day - remove as many things as you can that you hate and fill with creativity. Fill notebooks with words and phrases and word sketches of the characters around you. Make every second count.
Lets ensure that if David is right about the afterlife when we get there the 'six months watching commercials' has been replaced with 'six months creative doodling'.
We can but try!