When, O traveler, when do the Hobby Gods call to you?
When do they, with their pipes and timbrels, with their ecstatic tintinnabulation, with their sweet whispered promises, call you down into your den of creation?
Or, put another way, during what time of day are you most productive when you hobby?
I think we’ve all got differing times when we’re just more prone to hobby than not. For some people, it’s almost impossible to get on a regular schedule and it can be days, weeks or even months between hobby sessions. Some people take their gear with them and paint during their lunch hours. Some folks sling paint during a stolen hour in the morning. For others, they rock from midnight into the wee hours.
It all depends on who you are, how motivated you are, and when you can squeeze your pastime into your busy schedule.
My hobby times have varied quite a bit over the years. As a kid, my brothers and I painted our miniatures on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. When I first started up painting again about seven years ago or so, I still just painted on the weekends. Later, as my joy and lust in the hobby grew, it moved to evenings during the week. For a while, I was painting or otherwise hobbying from about 9 p.m. until midnight or after – and since I was getting up at 4:30 a.m. for work in those days, that really started to wear me down, and I started painting earlier in the night.
Now, since I’m a stay-at-home dad to two active boys, and a part-time reporter, my hobby sessions generally start around 7:30 to 8 p.m. and conclude anywhere from 8:30 to 10 p.m., five or six days a week, if I feel up to it (and sometimes I don’t; that’s just life).
I’ve seen a bunch of people who stated on Twitter that they wanted to get onto a more stable or reliable hobby schedule this year. And that’s a wholly admirable goal. Hobbying more beats the heck out of hobbying less. But it’s also important to remember that, as your schedule changes, as your life changes, so too will how you’ll want to incorporate hobby time into your daily/weekly/monthly routine.
Just make sure that you do it. Even if you just put paint on one mini’s boots and call it a night. Even 15 minutes hobbying beats not hobbying at all.
About the Author;
Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube