Today I'm going to help you figure out if you are a lazy arty/crafty personality type - based on observations of myself (a self confessed lazy crafter). Now while not as scientific as the Myers Briggs personality test, it is based on careful observation - but seriously it's just for fun.
Simply answer the following questions - each time you answer 'no' it's worth 1 point (a Yes is worth 0), if you score more than 5 out of 10 then you are in the group with me - the Lazy crafters - it's OK you're not alone :)
- Your area is organised and everything has a specific place. Y or N
- Your craft supplies are stored in one area of your house. Y or N
- You know exactly where your 'Baby Blue' card or N0 3 paint brush Y or N
- The floor in your craft area is spotless, no piles of paper or other craft items on it Y or N
- You put things away within 30 mins of having finished using them Y or N
- You have a system for sorting your supplies and you stick to it Y or N
- Your work-space (desk etc) has space to begin a new project at a moments notice, without needing to move or put anything else away Y or N
- You can access every draw and unit without having to move anything else first Y or N
- Your markers/paints/etc are organised by colour or manufacturer Y or N
- You consider tidying up and cleaning a necessary part of any project Y or N
If you scored 5 or more out of 10 - then welcome to the Lazy Crafters Crew :) By lazy I'm referring to those who would rather spend time creating than tidying up their stuff, those who end up with piles to put away later, and those who end up with just enough space to work on their desk with towering supplies around them. Sound familiar? Your desk may look like this or worse...
I don't know exactly what adds to the laziness, perhaps:
- it's a certain personality type (you can take a test here - if interested I'm in INFJwhich is categorised as 'Quietly forceful, original, and sensitive. Tend to stick to things until they are done. Extremely intuitive about people, and concerned for their feelings. Well-developed value systems which they strictly adhere to. Well-respected for their perseverance in doing the right thing. Likely to be individualistic, rather than leading or following.' ), or
- maybe perfectionists in a situation where they can't possibly achieve perfection, or
- those with limited space, or
- is it those who have taken on more projects than they can ever hope to finish in one lifetime (yes me again), or
- crafters/artists who get 'in the zone' and don't want to break their concentration, or
- people who are crafting between being extremely busy with other things or
- is it a combination of all those things?
Once we acknowledge that this is our inclination (call it lazy or relaxed) there are a few things we can do to help ourselves. Keep in mind when I say 'lazy' I don't mean it in a bad way (I know weird huh!), I acknowledge this is just another facet of personality, like 'kind' or 'careful' 'artisitc' or 'emotional' - lazy doesn't need to be a bad thing, it's just a thing and it's only bad if you think of it that way (or if it's hurting either you or someone else)! If you don't like the word lazy (maybe you heard it once too often from a parent growing up), then perhaps think of it as relaxed or Motivationally Challenged :O) Now being lazy, relaxed or motivationally challenged, doesn't mean we can't be organised, in fact I'd be willing to bet some of THE MOST organised people are the lazy ones! So pop back tomorrow for 10 tips to help lazy crafters- artists - anyone.