I'm the assessment coordinator for my department. When I have time to work on putting all the pieces together and write the reports, nobody will give me the data I need. When I have all of the data I need, I don't have the time to write the reports. Reports, by the way, that nobody reads, but everyone wants to know are written. (I know. I'm putting Easter Eggs in them.)
A little of both. We may start with a bit of a predisposition to patience, but it is a skill that can be encouraged. I know I've gotten better at it over the years, as I've been exposed to more situations where it was required.
It's hard for me to put a number on it ... it varies over time, over the situation, and over the amount of sleep I've gotten.
Ph.D. students undergo a rite of passage near the beginning of graduate school known as the "qualifying examination". Think of it as the SAT/ACT on steroids. You have to demonstrate a huge amount of knowledge in your field of study. It's an exam that most graduate students spend months preparing to take, and it's a huge source of stress.
For a few days before my qualifying exams, I felt like I actually had all of that information in my head at one moment. It was a remarkable feeling of clarity. (It didn't last long.)
Don't really picnic anytime at all. But if we've got to head out ... any woods I haven't found the geocaches in would be just fine, thank you :) .
Carpentry. I feel like I have such a lack of the basic understandings of mechanics, and carpentry would probably assist me so much in just the ordinary stuff of household maintenance. I feel really incompetent when it comes to that world.
I keep saying that I'm going to buy a kayak and the associated safety equipment so that I can head out and find aquatic geocaches. I never do it. Mostly it's because I haven't balanced my checkbook in months and I have other things I should do with that money first (like charitable donations). But it's also hard for me to spend money on myself.
Second week of the new term. Different schedule ... I thought I'd have more time to get stuff done with all my classes bunched together, but it's not working out that way. *headdesk*