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in the order they present themselves

β€œI wonder where that is,” you think.
      You begin to look. Your attention is diverted almost immediately and then diverted again. You move through the morning with a calm, oblivious focus, taking on tasks — incidental ones — in the order they present themselves, which is to say no order at all. Puttering is small-scale, stream-of-consciousness problem-solving. It is setting sail on a sea of random course changes. The day passes...

— β€œOn the Art of Puttering,” in the New York Times (June 6, 2011)
link   (paywall)
but several captures at the wayback machine : link

2 August 2023