Do you often wonder how building habits comes easily to others? Rekha Salin is giving us her tips on how she makes use of her very busy schedule. 

This is Part 2 of 4 in this series of time management skills.
Building a habit tracker

Some people are always busy, never managing to find time doing what they love while some manage multiple jobs/tasks very well and yet find time. How is that even possible? We all have only 24 hours in a day.

Many of the times, we fail to pursue our passion due to lack of time and the ever-juggling work and life balance. It is also true that we always think big rather than breaking into small chunks of tasks/milestone. We put away our dreams, our choices under the assumption that there is no time. Most often postponing to start our passion when we retire.

What if we broke our goal/passion or what we want to do/practice into bite-sized tasks and bake them into a HABIT. 

Make time for breaks between tasks

Do you have a coffee or tea everyday?? What do you do when it's brewing? Can you plan and do some doodle at this time? 

Do you take a train or a bus to work daily? Or perhaps drive to work and wait at the traffic lights?? Perfect time, do a bit of refining your sketches.

Maybe when you wait to pickup your kid from school.

Do you reach out to your mobile when you get to bed? Or early morning when you wakeup? It's a mindless activity but also something that consumes a lot of time. You can easily spend 30mins and not even realise. Next time, time it and then use that time on doing art. 

You would wonder what can a five and ten minutes here-and-there can help with. But it's surprising how much of art you can do. A five minutes daily is 35 minutes a week. That's a lot. Especially if you're trying to make 30 minutes a day and are unable to get anything started. It's easier to keep up with an activity if it's combined with a routine and boring work that you do every single day. It soon becomes a part of your schedules and lifestyle.

We will never find time. Time will never pause or wait for any of us, we just have to make the most of it and Manage our Time. Rather than trying to find it. And HABITS help us with that. 

*Header image:
 collaboration by Ell Rose & Tita Berredo, Photos by Rekha Salin 


Rekha Salin has three books published as an illustrator. Two are picture books – one published in 2020 and the other in 2022. She also has a recipe book, (for adults), published in 2022 by ABV Publishing. She is currently working with Gnome Road Publishing and this book will be available in 2024. See more of Rekha's work here. Follow her on Instagram and on Twitter.


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1 comment:

  1. Love this! And super practical for parents! There is a LOT of artwork can be done instead of scrolling and in the 5-10 mins here and there. Routine can be great but not always doable with family around. Thanks for sharing this Rekha!


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