So many people ask, "How do you get so much done?" Well I don't have a publishable Bonnie Answer, but here are my secrets...
Motivators - sometimes they work & sometimes they don't - same thing with a deadline (Although a deadline with a pay check might prove to be a better motivator.)
My most recent motivation was the fact that I was using a Library book. (Although in the past I have photocopied the patterns - for personal use only.) & I think the fact that I was making a replica helped here as well because I refered quite a lot to that color photograph in the book.
But I can procrastinate with the best of them - so those motivators only work every once in a while. (It's not like the library book is due today so I "had" to finish yesterday.)
Another big productivity factor for me is that I don't have any kids & my husband does not need my constant attention. (He can/will also fix meals.)
But the biggest in my opinion is that I do easy piecing quilts. I have yet to show you a "New York Beauty" - with or without papers.)
aside: I also do some applique, but that goes rather slowly for me. :o) I have a pile of prepared blocks that have been waiting for YEARS to become a quilt top. (I can actually make that statement about 3 or 4 projects.)
Another thing that makes me look productive is that I send out 99% of my quilts to be professionally finished - including attaching the binding.
Also I have a "Just do it" attitude towards quilting. I know that I am not making "show" quilts. (I honestly can't be bothered with all of that paperwork rigamarole.) I rarely "unsew." I don't use a design wall - fiddling with balance, etc. Nor do I have my blocks arranged so that I am sewing this block to that block, etc. I just sew them together with some very mild controls.
(I don't have a huge social calendar - nor do my non-existant kids - nor does my husband, so I am sewing while others are playing bridge, golf, bowling - or out to dinner with friends, or driving to & fro, etc. With that said, I am going to a lecture with my friend at the National Zoo tonight. I also do not keep an immaculate home & my husband helps with the chores a lot.)
Lots of little things add up.
What are your secrets or stumbling blocks to productivity?