do you multitask??

United States
February 5, 2009 10:01am CST
I am just curious, since some people can do it without thought and some cant even imagine getting through one thing at a time... there are days that I will get 3 things done at once.... then there are days that seems near impossible to accomplish one thing... LOL such as, do you open up 2 sites at once and work on them, while talking on the phone... or do you watch tv, work on the computer and manage to still answer some one in the house that is asking "where is this".... LOL do you multitask? and any tips on ways to multitask?
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@maezee (26912)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I multitask when I'm at home. For example, watching TV and studying/doing homework (what a deadly combination!), talking on the phone and doing dishes, and pretty much anything. When you're busy.. you HAVE to multi-task. I recently STOPPED multitasking while driving after getting into an accident with someone who was talking on their cell phone while driving (and slammed into my right side because they weren't paying enough attention on the road), and so now I try not to eat, talk on the phone, smoke, and so on, when I drive - because I realized it could have been ME causing the accident.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
oh that is scary, so glad to hear that you are alright though. I think we multi task sometimes with out realizing it...LOL thanks for responding!!
• Indonesia
5 Feb 09
Seriously, you shouldn't do that. Talking could be very distracting sometimes. Some country even have a law for this issue, I know Taiwan does have for example. Didn't your country got one?
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• United States
5 Feb 09
its not a law in some counties of my state, but there are a few counties where it is banned, and you can get pulled over for it if you get caught. I personally will not answer my phone if someone calls while I am driving, and if I can to call someone, I will either wait til I get where I am going or pull over.
@celticeagle (114391)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Feb 09
I do multi-task. I was taught when I worked at the telephone company to 'palm my pencil', always having it handy. I think that was the beginning of my multi-tasking experience. I think if you are organized and your thoughts are clear you can multi-task.
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• United States
7 Feb 09
oh I think so too, and after a while you are just doing it so automatic with out realizing it...LOL thanks for responding!!
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@celticeagle (114391)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Feb 09
And, if you aren't doing several things you are a nervous wreck and can't understand, for a bit, why.
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Hello bookreadermom08! I do multitasking too. Sometimes, even if I talk on the phone with my husband, I am doing mylotting too. It's hard to do it but I made it.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
yes, sometimes we are able to multitask more than other times...LOL and yes, sometimes you cant focus on two things at the same time and get great results, but I think that there are some people that thrive on it and can do better in a multi task situation. thanks for your comments!!
• United States
6 Feb 09
hey aminul! I am glad to see you here. I do agree with what you said. I have tested it and it's so hard... hello bookreadermom08..it's a very interesting discussion..very good.
• United States
6 Feb 09
Mothers can automatically multitask. We have to be able to or we would not make it through each day! ;)
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• United States
7 Feb 09
yes, I must agree with that one, refering the kids, keeping the toys out of the way so that we dont trip on them, getting the laundry put away and managing to keep the lid down on the toilet...LMAO, all in the same minute!! thanks so much for responding!!
@4ofmyown (1120)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I don't think I would be able to get half of what I get done everyday if I didn't multitask. I usually have laundry going, while I am getting dinner prepared and helping with homework. Very rarely do I go from one room to another empty handed, something always needs to get put away and then I find something else. My husband will call on his way home from work every night and as "Watcha doing?" My answer, everynight, is always "ten things at once"! He can barely watch t.v. and eat something at the same time.
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• United States
7 Feb 09
LMAO, my hubby is the same way..amazed at how the house manages to stay somewhat straight, laundry is done and dinner is ready when he gets home..LOL thanks for the response!!
@kiran8 (14878)
• Mangalore, India
6 Feb 09
I am all the time doing it. I am on the computer listening and watching news on the computer and i am also attending to my cooking and at the same time talking to my mother who is sitting and watching the tv. I always multitask. if i am washing clothes ,I am also cutting vegetables, and have some thing on the stove etc; I feel that it saves a lot of time, when you do many things together..
• United States
7 Feb 09
I think so too, especially when doing the laundry, it is easy to get a few things done at that point... I am usually doing dishes, laundry and sometimes on the phone too...LOL thanks for the response!!
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I guess you could say I am the champ of multitasking! Even as a teenager, I would be listening to music in one ear, the baseball scores in the other ear, reading a book, watching TV and doing my homework all at once and I was paying attention and keeping track of everything going on too! I love watching TV but I have to be doing something while I watch it, something like cutting out coupons, or sewing, or playing cards or trimming my toe nails and painting my finger nails etc.. I always have to be doing something while I'm doing something, ha ha ha!
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• United States
7 Feb 09
oh my gosh, I would definitely say you are the champ!! LOL, wow that is quite amazing!! thanks for the response!!
@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
I do. And I actually love doing it. When I multitask, I finish many things at the same time. With that, I can have more free time. Also, I get more satisfaction doing it than being just slow. One tip to multitask well and good is to not lose your focus on all your tasks.
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• United States
7 Feb 09
oh yeah, that is a very good tip!! I like when I get like 3 things done all within minutes of each other, and things that had been getting done pretty much together... and then its like wow, cool I did that!! LOL thanks for the response!!
• Singapore
6 Feb 09
well, i believe a multitasker is born with the talent.. a multitasker that do many things at a go, but may not perform well in it, while a non-multitasker although only do one thing at a time, focus and concentration is there, thus are able to do all the things at the end eventually well.. lol, maybe a good mylotter can open several windows and answer all topics at the same time, thats the advantage i can think of now.. :)
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• United States
7 Feb 09
oh can you imagine, now that would be amazing!!! LOL, thanks for the response!!
@mzj033y (185)
• United States
6 Feb 09
Yes I do multitask but not when it comes to Homework. I can't watch television while doing a paper. But I can watch television, be online, and talk on the phone at the same time. *^_^
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• United States
7 Feb 09
good for you, I can watch tv and be on here, and also answer questions that my family ask... but I cant be on the phone and be on here as well... I get lost in two different conversations and I wont know what i am typing....LOL thanks for responding!!
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
I am a multi-tasker. I hate being stuck in one site. Most of the time, several sites are opened in my computer and at the same time I am teaching my students. Whenever I stick in one site, I get irritated.. I dunno why!!
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• United States
7 Feb 09
hey good for you to be able to do that!! thanks for responding!!
@yashassid (208)
• India
6 Feb 09
scientifically, it is impossible to multi task. for an example, let us use the two actions patting your head and rubbing ur belly. although it appears that both r happening at the same time, the brain is really alternating between the 2 tasks, spending a tiny fraction of a second on one and then the other. I realize this isn't the answer u wanted but im just giving u the facts
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• United States
7 Feb 09
...ok dad!! LOL, you sound just like my stepfather who is very scientific.... duely noted!! *salute*... LOL thanks for the response anyway!! LOL
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
6 Feb 09
Hey bookreadermom! I have always been able to multitask! It comes from my many years working as a legal secretary! I had no choice but to be able to do many different things at once and do them fast and do them right! So I do that at home as well! I can work on the computer, clean the house, cook and bake all at the same time! I also have a habit of doing everything very fast! Sometimes I do things too fast and I have to try to slow myself down!
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• United States
7 Feb 09
oh my gosh, I know what you mean about multi tasking as a legal secretary... I have been there done that... I worked for a lawyer for a yr and a half, busy busy busy... always going in three different directions!! and I miss those days sometimes...LOL thanks for the response!!
@gracie04 (4556)
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
Yes, i multitask most of the time.. just like now, i'm doing my usual online thingy while watching my favorite TV game show (GAME KANA BA)... but there are times, that i need to focus on one activity before proceeding to the next one..
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• United States
7 Feb 09
oh I hear ya...LOL, its like my brain says "whoa, ok what are we doing now"...LOL good luck with your multitasking...and thanks for responding!!
• India
6 Feb 09
ya definetly write home work watch match and listening to a radio what else can i do more than this to multitask happy mylotting
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• United States
7 Feb 09
hey you are suppose to be focusing on home work....LOL good luck with that!! thanks for responding!!
@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
Time is too short but there are long list of things to be done each day therefore multitasking is really necessary. I do multitasking whether at home or in the office. I do answer phone calls while checking some reports. I do the laundry while cooking. I do gardening while baking. I do iron clothes while watching TV. I do 3 online sites at the same time.
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• United States
7 Feb 09
wow, LOL, garth brooks once said people told him he has to stop to smell the roses once in a while, and he said hey I can smell the roses while I am running with them in my hand.... I think alot of people follow that!! LMAO thanks so much for responding!!
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
I used to do multi tasking,,and fortunately i finished it with good result..Its just a matter of how you handle things and manage it well..
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• United States
7 Feb 09
that is so true!! LOL thanks for responding!!
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
I've been multi-tasking since I started working. My position entitles me to do so. Because of so many tasks I have to perform and fulfill, I am oblige to be one. It is great when you accomplish two or more things at a time.
• United States
5 Feb 09
yeah, there are times when i wait to do something because I can do it when i am doing other things, like I will make the bed and put away clothes when my son is in his bath, since that room is right next to him and i will keep talking to him as I am working... LOL thanks for the response.
@CRIVAS (1822)
• Canada
5 Feb 09
I am a stay at home mother of two and I multi task every single day. I have to make certain that I have the laundry done, at the same time I usually have my dishwasher running too. I also have to make lunches and dinners and such.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
oh boy, I have done that too....LOL thanks for the response.
• Canada
5 Feb 09
yes, most of the time i multitask. like at this very moment, im trying to think of what to answer here while typing on the keyboard while watching the television and while eating some wafer sticks. its just so funny how you can do random things all together at once.....and how it can make you feel so productive! :D
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• United States
5 Feb 09
isnt that the truth!! LOL, thanks for responding.