i am ‘easily’ bored. it took me a long time to figure out that the nagging urge i always get when watching tv or a movie – the fidgety fingers – to do something with my hands is actually a form of self-medication. it is a way for me to get my monkey-brain out of the way. in fact this is the main reason i am almost always fiddling with stuff (keys, pens, napkins, lit candles etc.) when i am socializing with people. it is not ‘multitasking’ as such, because i have no focus on what my hands are doing, they are just moving, keeping the monkey-brain mesmerized, so i can focus on the tv-show or movie.
It is one of the uses of crochet, knit, some embroidery, weaving… where a large piece is being done in repetitive rows that does not need a lot of concentration.
Henric C. Jensen said:
yes. i am usually making ‘prayer-beads’ – and even if it does require a short focus every now and then, it helps me immensely to get rid of that ‘bored’ feeling. which is like ants in my pants. 🙂