What is the secret of multitasking?
March 22, 2010 9:42am CST
Is there such a thing? I've found that I can't because the things I want to do or should be doing are so diverse. I can't figure out a way to cook the dinner, dig the garden, read a book, crochet, listen to music, watch a video, clean the house, walk the dog and come here on mylot all at the same time! Do you manage everything? Do you sometimes think "to heck with it" and just curl up on the sofa with a cushion over your head?
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23 Mar 10
I saw some multi- tasking in action at my nephew's place in the US which was hilarious. There was his wife stirring something on the stove,munching something, talking to someone on the phone and wiping the floor with her feet. Some are good at that and take great pride in announcing that they are multi taskers!!
• United States
23 Mar 10
well my multitasking usually is multiple sites that i need to visit in a day and that with the way the browsers are now as long as you have a decently fast computer can be pretty easy even if you are checking sites and having a conversation with a friend it can be pretty easy to do both if all the things you are doing can be done on the computer. It is much more difficult when all of your tasks are manual tasks as you describe here. It is much easier to do computer related tasks then the ones that you do around the house and those tend to be more time consuming as well and not as much fun. When doing those kind of tasks it is better to just do one thing at a time and when you finish move on to the next thing and before you know it you will get it all done and be surprised with how quickly you did it all.
• Boise, Idaho
23 Mar 10
Yes, there certainly is such a thing! If you feel you can't then you probably can't. The things you multitask have to be related. For instance, you can read and talk on the phone and make notes. You can't garden and drive a car and such as that. They have to be related.
• Puerto Rico
23 Mar 10
My multitasking can consist of me washing clothes, mylotting and taking care of my 4 year old granddaughter. I can also watch tv, mylot and cook all at the same time. Or watch TV, mylot and eat while taking care of my granddaugher. Its very rare that I will be only doing one thing at a time. I hate wasting any type of time so that is why I'm always doing two or more things at a time. The day that I tend to take an easy is usually Sundays. That is the day you will find me just laying in be watching TV and not doing anything else.
22 Mar 10
I believe the answer to you question is one's ability to concentrate and plan things accordingly. I consider myself a multi-tasker because I have to. I'm a work-at-home mom who has learned that I can work on an article in the computer while keeping an ear for the washing machine to beep or stand up once in a while to check on what's cooking on the stove or do other things necessary to keep my house in order while I contribute to the family's income. Sometimes though, when I get too tired from doing several things at the same time, I shut off the computer, ask my editors for a deadline extension and pop on a DVD of a TV series or a good movie and go on a viewing marathon for a couple of hours or more. Perhaps you can combine tasks that are not so different from each other? Start with just two and advance from there. For instance, plug in your earphones and listen to an audio book while you work in your garden or turn on the radio and sing while you cook dinner :)