Foamflyer's RC Airplanes
How can you manage your time so that you have more time to spend building and flying planes?
How do you Spend your Time?
Admittedly, you have to have time in the first place in order to manage it. Some things are unavoidable such as family things (sometimes you can involve your kids in the building process - that's another story). But other things that consume time can be cut out. Take for instance, television. Now I'm not talking about stuffing your TV in the closet. Go ahead and keep the TV, just practice time management with it also. For example, what would be more value-added: watching the latest episode of your favorite sitcom, or Wings on the Discovery Channel? You can actually learn something from TV, and learning is value-added. Also, people tend to spend time on what they enjoy. If you really don't like building planes too much, then you're not going to do it. Ya gotta love it!
Concentrate on the Correct Tasks
If you want to build a new plane, would you decide which plane you want to build or would you begin cleaning up the workshop to make room to build the new plane? Your workshop should already be clean and organized. The act of cleaning really isn't a value-added step towards building a new plane, the act of construction is.
Plan the steps you're going to take in constructing your new plane. You don't want to stop in the middle of construction and ask yourself "what do I do next?" Try to have continuous flow. After a while experience will make many operations second-nature and reduce build time even further.
How many planes do you want to have built by year's end? What level of quality do you want, something "thrown" together that flies good or a scale contest contender? Whatever it is, be realistic. Also, get a vision of "the perfect workshop" as far as organization, and work towards that. In this case, quality and quantity can be inversely proportional. If you're putting time into a lot of scale detail you're not going to build many planes. Time management principles can apply to any kind of plane building. And remember - it's all about having fun!
Get your Priorities Right
Do the things you don't want to do first. For example, get your chores out of the way so you can free up a larger continuous block of time for building planes.
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