My current job finds me planted in front of my speaker phone or my computer for teleconferences and webinars. I am easily distracted by my email, my iPad and other things, and to help me pay attention better when I am not sharing the experience with a real person, I have taken to keeping a project in my office that takes little brain activity so I can keep my hands busy and focus on what I am listening to. This strategy does turn out to work well for me, as long as the project is not complicated. Somehow keeping my hands out of trouble allows my brain to pay attention better to what I'm listening to.
Here's the first project I've finished:
Nothing magical -- just a pair of socks in some hard-wearing Regia (Ringel 5072) that I have always loved and have had buried in my sock yarn archive since the dawn of my sock knitting adventures.. This is my very standard toe up pattern with a short row heel and K2P2 ribbing. The only difference between this and my standard socks is that I knit until the ball ran out, so these socks are longer (mid calf) and I had to shape the sock and ribbing to expand towards the top for my calf. You can't tell easily from the photo, but these socks are actually identical -- or at least as identical as you can get with this yarn.
The next project is a pair of fingerless mitts in BMFA Silkie since I am always freezing cold in my office.