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Thursday, June 28, 2012

on procrastinating.

...I don't think of myself as a procrastinator. in the five plus years I've had this blog, I've never written "procrastinate" or "procrastination" and I've only used "procrastinating" once. I am a "plan it, then do it" kind of person.

225:365 double knitting.
the "good" sample, the "not-so-good" sample and my notes....
so when I found myself procrastinating about finishing the preparations for my upcoming double knitting workshop (it's this saturday and it's full with seven students signed up), I took notice. I've bumped the due dates for the various tasks (finishing a "good" sample, finalizing my notes and the class handouts, getting copies made, maybe making a "better" sample to entice signups for an advanced workshop later this summer) at least once, and on wednesday I started to panic. I called katie to say I couldn't spend the afternoon with her on friday; could she meet me up here for a quick lunch? ...and still, I didn't start those tasks. I started and finished the second hunger games book (spoiler alert!). I finished a sweater (and had my sister take photos). I took a few pilates classes. I worked on project life (still two weeks behind, but I'm making progress).  I finished the stockinette portion of bandit. I updated the shop's pinterest (yay! we now have knitting, crochet and needlepoint pins!) and twitter...and still I didn't start those tasks. 

until this afternoon. I cast on and got that good sample knitted in about an hour. I took notes as I went and have a complete picture in my head for what the class handout needs to be.

I'm now confident I can get the handout completed over my coffee in the morning. I'll get copies made in the afternoon (after my abbreviated lunch with katie :-) and I'll be ready for saturday afternoon. I like that my helpful hints are really fresh in my mind. and this makes me think maybe these were tasks that needed to happen last minute. but I'm not sure what I think about that.

what do you procrastinate about? (and is it a good thing or a bad thing?)



Blogger martha said...

The double knit class is going to be great! You need to work on your still accomplished waaaay too much! :P

Friday, 29 June, 2012  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

I really like how you justified the procrastination there in the end! Sounds like you got a lot done, including the bits you needed to get done. I'm sure the glass will be a big success.

Friday, 29 June, 2012  
Blogger Beth said...

Procrastinating Mary is an oxymoron. :) By the way, your sweater looks great!

Procrastination is usually not a good thing for me. I procrastinate for a variety of reasons - too many to go into here! :)

Friday, 29 June, 2012  
Blogger Honoré said...

There is not enough bandwidth for me to share my stories ;-)). Sometimes procrastination is rumination...and that's a good thing - the brain is just making connections, as apparently yours was as you shared.

Enjoy your class!


Friday, 29 June, 2012  
Blogger Donna said...

What DON'T I procrastinate about? It's a habit I'm trying to conquer.

Friday, 29 June, 2012  
Blogger Lydia said...

uploading photos to flickr-so easy to just keep them in a file on the computer until i can still long enough to do it-at least you weren't sitting on the couch eating bon bons and watching soap operas

Monday, 02 July, 2012  

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