Oliver Burkeman, writing about what Merlin Mann (43folders.com) calls “interstitial time” — small chunks of minutes spent waiting at the doctor’s surgery, or for someone who’s late, or for a meeting postponed at short notice — puts forth the argument for knitting. A quote:
Take inspiration from knitters, Mann suggests. Knitting fulfils the three criteria of a good interstitial-time activity: it’s portable, it can be done amid distractions, and even a few seconds spent on it contributes to the end result. (That’s not the case with tasks requiring “set-up”, such as waiting forever while Windows boots up on your laptop.) Identify in advance which of your tasks fit the knitting criteria: those involving reading and (hand)writing are a good place to start. Or take up knitting.
I’d love to walk into some big, corporate environment and make this pitch as an “efficiency expert.” That said, I am chastened by this recent post on 43Folders:
Ask yourselfâ€¦Why am I here right now instead of making something cool on my own? Whatâ€™s the barrier to me starting that right now?
You heard me. Go cast on for something now.