The "new" sewing machine is nearly ready for a proper trial, but I did have a small setback. While giving it a thorough clean, I managed to break a part. :( It may have become a bit brittle with age, but I must have pressed on the wrong bit when removing the cushion spring that holds the spool in place and the thin springy bit broke off!
You can see just how narrow the break point was.
Anyway, thanks to the wonders of the internet, despite the machine being over 40 years old, I have tracked down and ordered a replacement part. It will only cost a few pounds, so still much much cheaper than buying a new machine and I know to be very careful with that part if I ever have to move it again.
Reverting to bad habits
It's probably about time for a re-read of David Allen's excellent book Getting Things Done. There is nothing wrong with my project management and time management system -- as long as I use it properly!
I have been feeling very lacking in motivation recently (probably largely to do with the stealth mild depression that masquerades as normality), but what wasn't helping was the fact that the Next Action List had turned into one of those unhelpful To Do Lists with entries like: Tidy my study and Finish patchwork cardigan. "Tidy my study" is not a next action, it's almost a project in its own right!
An example of what a Next Action should look like is something like: 15 minutes decluttering of futon chair or crochet edges of sleeve pieces.
You know you are living in the future when...
A computer phones you up to inform you that your gas bill is due soon and to ask will you please go and read your meter and enter the readings via the web page.
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