Seriously … it’s really rather annoying.
Probably an extreme example … this little crochet blanket … a good 2 1/2 years in the making. But in all fairness … it’s the kind of project that was always expected to take a long time. I worked on many of those squares while sitting in the car waiting for kids to finish sport practise or music lessons … then they got put away and forgotten about for a good long time. It’s only a tiny blanket but I didn’t want to spend another year working on squares cos I have another crochet project I’d like to start working on.
But what I’m actually concerned about today is this behaviour …
I go to my desk and pull out some papers thinking I might scrap something. I turn around to find a photo and discover a card project that I never finished … so I fiddle with that a little and then remember the washing that needs hanging out so I go do that. Eventually I return to my desk and pick up those papers again, after sorting through some old photos I pick one to use and then make a few cuts into papers, mat the photo and fish in my pencil case for a pencil … while there I discover an eraser and remember my intention to make my own stamp out of it … so I sketch a design on the eraser and start cutting into it before I notice the layout I was working on. Back to it again I push papers around and add a bit of lace before deciding I need to make a cup of coffee. Coffee made, I pull out a few possible embellishments and move them around then I spot the mail person out the window so pop out to see what’s in the mail today. After reading the mail, finishing that coffee and cleaning the oven I eventually get back to that layout … stick a few things down before thinking about journalling, I’ll need to look up when that photo was taken so sit down with the laptop … many minutes/hours later I put the laptop down having checked emails, facebook and pinterest and go back to the layout where I discover I never did find out the date of that photo! Eventually I find the information I need and fill in the journalling on the layout then turn to find some title lettering when a text comes through and I stop to answer that when I discover a patch of sun to lie in. After a quick nana nap I make another cup of coffee and find myself back at the laptop. Some time later I begin cooking dinner and remember I was working on a layout so I go between the kitchen and my desk, cooking diner and sticking pieces down on the layout. I leave the layout overnight and come back to it in the morning where I discover I completely forgot that really cool background idea I was going to do and the special embellishment I was saving for this photo has also been forgotten … but well, at least the layout it finally finished.
This is just a sample scenario … sometimes the process goes on for days. Even when I put aside a whole block of time to sit and work on a creative project, even when I’m home alone and all the housework is done … still I’m sure I only manage 5 mins at a time before getting distracted.
I guess that’s why a completed project is so worth celebrating!
Here’s one I managed to complete yesterday …
(If you’re reading this Linda … hope this is okay for what you were wanting … and it’s ready to pick up whenever you want!)
And … uh … I think I have blogging ADD issues too … maybe it’s not that I’m too busy to blog … just that I keep getting distracted … if it’s not short and sweet it takes me pretty much all day to get something posted. And that’s why I’ve been so quiet lately … well … that’s my story anyway …
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