Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Projects in Motion

Newton's First Law of Motion:

An object in motion tends to remain in motion, and an object at rest tends to remain at rest.

For me, there's a similar law to projects:

A project in motion tends to remain in motion, and a project at rest tends to remain at rest.

Flywheel from old factory, Piermont, NY
Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Once I get into the habit of weaving, or once I start a particular project, the project gains momentum and I can see it through to its finish.

Once a project stalls for a few days, it's easy for that stall to stretch out for months, and sometimes even years.

It's funny to me that projects have inertia, but they really seem to.

Fortunately, in the four weeks since we returned home from vacation, I've been successful with keeping my looms busy and my projects in motion. Hopefully this project inertia can carry me through the chilly, dark months ahead!

I hope your project inertia is helping you move forward, rather than keeping your pet projects at rest. (Or maybe I'm the only one who experiences this inertia phenomenon!)


Deanna said...

Oh no, you're definitely not the only one to deal with the effects of inertia. I deal with it in oh so many ways. Guess we just have to trust that when the time is right, the ball gets rolling again

Sometimes I feel like I'm in an arcade game with too many horses racing. But I don't want to give up any of them, so I'll have to settle for some progress across the board, and little likeliness of "winning." :-)

Anonymous said...

It's not just inertia, it's the universe's tendency to chaos.

Love the photo and the continuation of the curve in the chain fence.


Theresa said...

LOL, it's like the old spinning plates juggling act, you run and spin whatever ones need it so they don't stop and fall. ;-) We're having inertia with some projects on the other looms. Great picture!

Delighted Hands said...

I do have projects stall but I tend to finish them just so they can't nag or rip and rework them into something more inspiring. Glad you have the weaving mojo going on!

Leigh said...

My only problem is that my sense of inertia seems to be related to my feelings of motivation. If I'm motivated, there's nothing stopping me! If I'm not, then nothing can move me except sheer will power.

Jennifer said...

Sooooooooooo true! Now have you notice the third law of thermodynamics - chaos is ever increasing! Now I can't quite remember the second law - I'd have to look it up....

Dorothy said...

Hmm, you've got me thinking, I wonder how many stalled projects I have? The trouble with juggling 3 or more is that one (or more) gets dropped at some point.

Life Looms Large said...

I was cheered up greatly when I recently read that a knitting designer had 29 projects on her needles! (At least with looms, I'm limited by the number of looms I have!)

It helps to know that I'm not the only weaver who deals with this inertia problem.

The tendency toward chaos kind of scares me though!


OzWeaver said...

Amen! You put it perfectly. Love the photo you've paired with this post! I live near Piermont and enjoy the architectural details in that town quite often!