Today's NaBloPoMo question is "Do you like to dive into things or take your time getting acclimated?" For me, it depends on the context in which I'm answering the question. When swimming, I usually ease into the water slowly even though I am ultimately happier if I dive in. I remember fearlessly diving off of the high dive at the city pools when I was young. At some point around middle school, I lost that fearlessness.
When crafting and cooking, I dive in. When I get a new spindle, new fiber, or a new wheel, I start playing. Eventually, I settle in to sample and plan for a project, but I love those first moments of spinning for the joy of it. Unfortunately, the bins of fiber in the new wool room that I've spun a few grams of are evidence of this tendency. With knitting, I'm even worse. I quickly succumb to the shiny new projects and abandon them as soon as I hit a small roadblock, things get boring, or I've learned what that project had to teach. The huge collection of odd socks and nearly finished sweaters provides that evidence. For example, I started the Ruched Yoke Tee from the Spring 2011 Interweave Knits in late February. I knit furiously for just about a week; I was traveling and in love with the yarn and the pattern. I finished the yoke, reached the point that I needed to do a bit of math for bust darts, and have not picked it up since (unless you count putting all the yarn, magazine issue, my recent measurements, and the sweater in progress into one place as I packed to move).
Professionally, I am more inclined to take my time getting acclimated. When working with colleagues, partners, and customers, taking that time is important to building long term relationships. When I first started in my field, I frequently dove in and ended up with bad client relationships because I did not fully understand the problem I had been hired to solve, or—more importantly—the people for whom I was solving a problem. I also coded myself into corners because I did not properly plan large projects. When I am working on projects, this becomes procrastination more often than not. Today it took me most of the morning to get started on a project; once I started, I made good progress. Someday, I'll learn that just starting the work on big projects gets them done much more quickly than waiting until I have a large block of time to start and finish in one setting. Then again, if I have not learned that less by 41, I wonder if I ever will.