November 20, 2022

Tying Knots

I've been obsessed with productivity systems for the past year. Those systems that can make tasks faster and easier to do, and give me some of my time back. Time to do other things, to pursue my other curiosities, and grow in different directions.

And today, I learned to tie five different knots. I love it!

Knots are useful in many situations.

Knowing how to tie knots is essential for survival in the wilderness, but it's also useful in other situations, even on family vacations.

When you're going on a camping trip, hiking, or simply spending a day in the beach, you can use knots to set up a wash line or pitch a "tent" with just ropes and tarp (and some trees).

When traveling, you can use knots to secure your luggage, especially when they're placed at an uncovered pickup bed.

There are many other practices uses for knots. It's simply a useful skill to have.

And you never know when you might need it. It's best to be prepared.

Better to know a knot and not need it, than need a knot and not know it.

Knowing the different knots makes work faster, easier, and more convenient

The knots not only help you set up what you need to set up, or secure your things, but it also makes the packing up much easier. The knots are secure, they can be easily untied when you want to.

I also learned how to store a rope so that it's easy and quick to untangle and use again in the future. In fact, the technique keeps the rope from getting tangled. You simply pull one of the ends and it's good to go.

It's also aligned with my (healthy) obsession with productivity and systems. I like systems that help me do things faster so that I free up my time. And knowing to tie knots gives me the same benefit.

It's fun.

I love the outdoors very much. I love being with nature, breathing in fresh air, and all the other things that come with it. I also like the feeling of knowing how to survive with the fewest tools possible. I feel so much more in control, more confident in my abilities, and more comfortable about trying new experiences.