Multi-Tasker vs. One-at-a-Timers
Well hello! As always, I have to say a big thanks to everyone for their comments on last week’s post. I wish I could reply to your comments individually, but I’ll have to survive with a (pun alert!) big blanket thank you (ha!). I hope you know that I read every single comment and I feel so inspired by your messages.
I was comforted last week by the solidarity shown from my fellow fabric hoarders. It seems like there are a lot of us out there! And it got me thinking…
I’m getting a “Myers-Briggs Personality Test” vibe off of the “either or” categories. Are you familiar with that? It’s a personality test you take which gives you a 4 letter personality classification. Each letter stands for a specific trait. For example, extroverted (E) vs. introverted (I), thinking (T) vs feeling (F), etc. I am an ENFJ, last I checked.
After last week’s post, all we need is three more categories and we will have our very own “Quilter’s Mart Personality Test”. And I’ve already come up with the second category!
Just like there are hoarders vs. minimalists, our next pairing is “multitaskers vs. one-at-a-timers”.
I am definitely a multitasker. I always have more than one quilting project in progress - I’d say I average around 4-5 projects at once! Sometimes this is out of necessity, because there are so many babies on the way with looming baby shower deadlines. Other times, I get too excited about too many things and can’t keep myself focused on just one of them.
And sometimes I am working on a really large project that takes an especially long time, so I need a break from it to mix it up and get re-inspired. Working on a king-size quilt, for example, means that I don’t get the satisfaction of “finishing” a project for ages. But if I throw a table runner in the mix, I’ll get to the finish line much more quickly, which (pun alert!) scratches the (st)itch (ha!) and allows me to go back to the king-size with renewed energy.
The contrast is one-at-a-timers, or those who tend more towards focusing on one project from start to finish before beginning another. This seems like a more streamlined way to approach quilting, giving your all to one quilt instead of dividing your attention.
What category do you fall into? Multitasker or one-at-a-timer? Why do you prefer that method?
P.S. Next week, we'll delve into category 3 of the Quilter's Mart Personality Test!
- Carolyn Knees