11 December 2008

Old fashioned correspondence

I have actually accomplished a lot this week - though I can't post photos of what I've accomplished until after Christmas! I sent off a box of goodies to NYC yesterday at the very last minute. Luckily the post office was completely empty for some reason. I also finally got the last draft of that article in. I felt wound up the whole day, but today I woke up feeling quite relaxed! I still have lots of Christmas knitting left for here, and less than two weeks to go: rog's pullover, and a scarf for his surrogate-ish father geoff.

And, those of you who know me know how I have knitted a scarf for Rog every year, until I finally got it right last year. But yesterday, we were at John Lewis, and he said, "I'd like a red scarf. Will you knit me one?" That's the second thing he's actually asked for! So, let's add that to the list. Following Hoxton Handmade's lead, I got him some Rowan big wool in red, to knit up into a garter stitch scarf.

I got an email from Amanda yesterday, with a link to a BBC piece about procrastinating. Did it ever ring true. The bit at the end about the reason we (as a species) no longer build cathedrals or pyramids anymore - because we've become water-filled blobby beanbag things who click on computers all the time - was particularly upsetting. Though it also made me laugh.

So, I've decided that I'm going to massively cut down on my computer time. I'm going to do it the old-fashioned way - I'll set aside an hour a day to do my correspondence, and check in for 10-20 minutes at midday and at the end of the day.

Otherwise, how will I ever build my cathedral?


Larissa said...

Thanks for the link to the piece on procrastination - of course I had to check it out! I find it impossible to go past an article or discussion on the topic.... Anyway congratulations of finishing a big chunk of your pressie knitting, and in time for the post as well!

amanda said...

the BBC Listen again facility is also a great procrastination tool!

Lien said...

Yeah, I'm convinced the computer is simply sucking up more time than any hobby ever. If I spent as much time knitting as randomly surfing the web...ugh. It used to be useful, interesting time spent on the 'net, but now it's just a replacement for TV.

I've been trying to convince The Limey that we should have scheduled Computer Off times.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I followed the link too over the weekend and I totally got up and started cleaning up my act. Computers are really time sucker for me and sometimes I wonder what did I used to do before computers?!!! Time is up. I have to split my 20 minutes...