A lot of the time, I have a difficult time accomplishing tasks I don’t enjoy. This includes housework and grading papers. Last weekend, however, I was able to get a lot of papers graded by using a system of rewards. For every 20 papers I graded, I could have 45 minutes working on my bulbdial clock kit.
I love projects that involve soldering. I love my nifty soldering station with electronic temperature control that heats up quickly and has a pre-tinned tip. I love watching the solder wick into its place when the components are heated just right. And I love having an electronic doohickey that works when it is all over. It saddens me that I was not a teacher in the heyday of Heathkit.
The system worked well, and I steamed through 80 assignments on my way to completing my clock. But this weekend, I have no exciting soldering project to embark on as a reward. I have not graded any assignments these three (well, 2.6) days of weekend so far. Truthfully, I don’t really want my house to become overrun with electronic doohickeys, either. I need another reward activity. Ideally it would be something I could do in 45-minute chunks, that I love doing, would not result in excess clutter/useless items, and would not be too expensive. I have a few ideas (no particular order):
- origami or kirigami
- learn more Japanese
- paper/cardboard sculpture
- sewing (I have several sewing projects on my sewing list)
Unfortunately, I love none of these things as much as I love soldering.