Monday, January 17, 2011
Clearly I mused about habit-formation over the weekend... But it's still true.
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Habit is an interesting thing. I no longer question the validity of photographing my lettuce patch for a month and posting and contemplating. I think of it first thing in the morning, and unless I have other intentions, (i.e. photograph it in the afternoon sun,) I do it as quickly as practicable. It's not that I don't reflect, but my thoughts are on the shallow, practical end: what's growing, what needs doing, etc. At the moment, because I haven't come up with deeper reflections on the subject, I don't have particular hopes for the experiment contributing to a design in the near future, but since it's such a low-keyed "project" I'm not worried about that. (I mean, it's a lettuce patch, you know?) Still, I said I'd do it, so I intend to do it until the end of the month.
What has been interesting, though, is me and habits. I am a good starter. I have lots of resolutions and plans all year around, but with some, my interest wane all too quickly. I try to make certain activities, (exercise, accounts for my "business",) a habit, something I don't have to think/question/debate about, something I do more or less painlessly, ideal something that feels wrong to skip. Some activities I pick up quickly, some not so in spite of great resolve and even a reward. I've tried to make certain aspects of work a habit, too; weaving on one of the looms every single day even just a little bit, even if I'm busy planning, making drafts or warps, dressing another loom, finishing pieces, whatever; drawing one-a-day; working on Ali-mentored design projects one halfday a week, (this shouldn't be hard because I do so enjoy it); and one of the easiest, keep a journal of small observations/musings which may (or may not) contribute to design ideas later on. You get the picture. But it seems I'm pretty bad at sticking to a plan. Ergo the simplest plan with the lettuce patch.
So I want to prove to myself I can do something I said I'd do, and stick with the plan. And after the month of lettuce patch pictures is finished, I may try to pick up a new habit, something I'm prone to examine with more interest. Because planning a new project is always more fun.
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Sampling has two lovely scarves for the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal Auction here. Do have a look.