I have spoken about my cleaning schedule. I really should have called it my homekeeping schedule, for more than just cleaning goes on, and I need to keep track of my time or it will get away from me. Yes, time is like a child in that it requires constant, vigil attention.
I know I bake, but it's nice to have a specific day planned and in advance for baking bread, and a day for baking desserts. In this way, I bake on a day where I'm not inundated with cleaning work. I've planned this bread baking day, so I'm not going to be rushed or stressed out about it. If I check my schedule the night before I now have the freedom to choose. Perhaps I'll choose one in which a sponge needs to set overnight, so the next morning I can need and give it a couple of risings without stress.
I crochet and sew a little. I've set aside two days a week specifically for this type of work. Sure, I can still work on my crocheted blanket or sewn apron at night or on other days, but having two days set aside ensures I'll have time to do these tasks. If I schedule it, then I will more than likely have the time to do it. It's written down and so I have planned. As long as I don't wind up taking someone to the Emergency Room or some such, I will be able to sit down and work with my yarn or sewing machine.
A word on this kind of work. Yes, it is work. I know it's joyful and you may feel like it's a guilty pleasure because you like it so much, but it is work. We choose to live a simpler life, and in so doing we require more handmade items because they are of better quality for the money. Yeah, I can spend $30.00 on a comforter, but if I crochet one (using the $30.00 in yarn), I have a better product. It will stand the test of time and be much, much warmer. If you embroider patterns on throw pillows for your couch, if you sew up a purse, if you make a macrame a plant hanger...remember these things are necessary and are work. Joyful work, I grant you, but work all the same. It's also important work. This is your home and you are in charge of it's environment. Are embroidered pillows necessary? Not for living, but I think they are for living in a peaceful and happy environment. You are making a home. Not living quarters.
It's also a good idea to schedule monthly or seasonal duties as well. If you have a garden, then you probably know all about canning season. Perhaps you have a large garden and know you will be in the kitchen from sun up to sun down for at least a couple of months putting up food. Or maybe you butcher a cow every year and make candles or soap. Schedule your housework around this activity accordingly around this time. Give the house a good cleaning prior to and directly after, and make sure your cleaning schedule is fairly light during busy times.
All of this to say, don't forget to schedule in yourself time to sew, embroider, garden, crochet, or knit. Christmas is coming, ladies! And soon! Perhaps our children need new slippers or maybe our husbands need a new wool hat. Maybe we could put together a basket of home-canned salsa and pasta sauce for our in-laws. Or maybe you are tired of sewing, and what you could really use is a gift to yourself, like a new apron to rekindle your interest in the craft.