As most of you know, I have been very busy learning with Lyle Jamieson and working on another commission, so the Chai boy project has been on a bit of a “chai-atus.” (my children are now say, “Abba, that was a terrible pun!”)
I have done a little bit of work on it. I made the dados for the shelves on the side panels, and I made the drawer runners. Now I need to purchase more poplar for the shelves.
There are times when I have so much work to do, that I feel like a deer in headlights. There are people who can happily multitask under stressful conditions. Not me. One thing at a time, diligently crossing tasks off the list. When too much is on the horizon, or I get overloaded with work and deadlines, motivation ebbs within me. Creativity and inspiration dries up, and I find myself dreading starting work in the morning and I even find myself not even wanting to head out to my fortress of solitude (the workshop).
American society is changing, pushing all of us and our children to be multi-taskers. I for one am not convinced that multi-tasking and computers have improved our world and certainly have not made our work load any lighter. Granted, the web has given us a load of entertainment and information. Studies have shown that people do not perform tasks as well when they are multi-tasking as when they are able focus on one thing at a time. Seems to me, people just can’t keep focused for very long anymore. Look at modern movies and TV Shows. Scenes shift so very fast for those short attention spanned people. Perhaps that is why the number of tradesmen and craftspeople is going down.