Compulsive multitasking

Philippines
July 11, 2010 7:01pm CST
If there is such a disease, I am afflicted with it. I find that I am uncomfortable unless I am multitasking. When I am in the computer, I open several windows - doing captcha work or short tasks while checking/answering emails and at the same surfing the net for news. Last night I found myself watching the news on tv while drying my hair and reading the newspaper. When I am in the gym, I have to get on a treadmill with cable so that I can run and watch at the same time. Some say it saves time while others say this distracts people. Do you multi-task all the time? Do you think you are more productive when you multi-task or when you do them one at a time? Share your experiences here.
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@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
I believe that there are really sickness that are related to stress. They make us feel sick so we will really be sick.
@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
Oops...sorry. I made a mistake.. For this discussion, I also like multitasking at home. I like doing many things at a time to accomplish more. Wchen outside, I don't do it much.
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
I consider myself also a compulsive multitasking person. You know when doing the household chores, for example I'm cooking at the same time I sweep the floor; or when I'm washing the clothes, I'm cooking. When you're a mother, you have to have that strategy to make your work easier and faster and well you have to multitask. I have to do the chores fast so I have time also to participate discussion in this website.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Someone replied in this thread that multitasking is easier for mechanical tasks. It seems like a waste of time standing around waiting for the food to be cooked. It is a more efficient way to do household chores. Sometimes I even plan in my head as to how best to perform tasks in the most efficient way.
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
12 Jul 10
I prefer multitasking when I'm doing mechanical jobs. But I'll concentrate my spirit when doing something which need thought. To the former, multitasking is more effective, but for the latter, multitasking will ruin all the jobs I'm doing collaterally.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
I noticed too that I am more effective if I combine a mechanical task with something that needs thought. The problem really is that I am not comfortable when concentrating on one task.
@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Jul 10
I think of myself as a multi-tasker. I just don't feel there are enough hours in the day to get done what I need to get done. So, yes I do have a couple of windows open on the computer at the same time. And I always have the television on... watching or listening. This is something that goes back a long way. I used to keep scrapbooks (not the scrapbooking we have today with all the fancy stickers and stuff). I would glue my pictures in my scrapbook while watching tv, especially the hockey game. I found I couldn't watch a hockey game without doing something else (guess it didn't excite me enough ). I don't do as many things at once as I used to. I think concentration is key and that doing more than one thing at a time takes away from the tasks. I read an article once that said there is no such thing as multi-tasking. You really can't do more than one thing at a time. You have to stop one to do the other. Technically, that is true. You have to stop reading to look at the computer (unless you are typing what you are reading). I do watch the television while on the treadmill. I find it saves some time as I used to walk outside. But, I don't know that I would consider watching tv as a task. I think of it as background, and yes, a distraction. That's why I watch while I'm on the treadmill because the time on the treadmill goes faster because I'm not paying as much attention to the exercise which makes it less strenuous and boring... a necessary distraction.
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
When I think about it, I have also been multitasking ever since. My mother use to chide me because I would do the crossword while watching television. I was always carrying a book so I would read while doing something else. My worst multitasking was using the cellphone while driving on my way to work. I wanted everything to be ready when I get to the office and so I would call in all kinds of instructions. I guess I am lucky that I never had an accident.
@ptrikha_2 (5698)
• India
13 Jul 10
Not only you, but many of us are getting obsessed with multi-tasking. As of now, I am doing some documents' study along with being on Mylot and a few more sites. People keep talking on their mobiles at the same time that they are driving, which is very dangerous. We watch TV while eating, talk while eating. Yes, some multi-tasking is beneficial. However, as is the case with all the things, excess of anything - multi-tasking or any other thing is bad !!
@yresh12 (3222)
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
HI ADVOCATE!1 For me, there are some things that need to be done one a time and there are things you can do all at the same time. It's a matter of concentration. I usually have low concentration level that I why I just do it one a time. ^^
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
12 Jul 10
Lots of people multitask. When you think about it we multitask while driving. We're listening to music or getting the news. We do it when we are raising our children, talking on the phone and while cooking. Having a party? Think about it.
@LucasDM (38)
• Brazil
12 Jul 10
well everything depends on the situation, if you are driving, it's not save to do multi-task, but at the computer you can do it easy, I really think that it saves time on the computer but on other situations it could be dangerous
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
my wife is addicted to multitasking too. i always make her slowdown because watching her makes me tired. she does almost three work at a time and it makes me dizzy. my wife she thinks that it is more productive ti use the time on multitasking, but sometimes it is really tiring. it eats more energy than the usual. sometimes she will be cleaning the house, washing clothes and cooking. it really makes me dizzy. har har har. but then again that is what she wants. i guess after lunch she has more time to do what she wants for all the chores are done.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
12 Jul 10
I think I am a compulsive multi-tasker myself! I am currently at work, and I am really busy. Yet, I have a couple of windows opened here for personal stuff. I have my personal email opened for myLot notifications, and myLot while I respond to some discussions. This on top of the 3 or 4 things that I doing as part of my responsibilities at work. I can't help it.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
12 Jul 10
I've read of a compulsive obsessive disorder in one person where she bathed a dozen times a day because she felt she was dirty. And it was really hurting her so bad. You are not. You are just productive. In my job I have to learn to. The boss loves it this way. It's easier to multitask in the office. You talk to someone on the phone while doing filing work and stuff like that. You get the kids ready for school while getting yourself ready and preparing the breakfast as well. But how far can one go multitasking? You are limited by distance.
@Andyvil (793)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
I used to do this a lot before when I was working. I stopped doing multi tasking cause my employers expectation will become higher and higher each time I do exceptionally fast on a project. Don't get me wrong, I work hard whenever I have a project but it just irritates me whenever I receive a hard project and my employer calls up my attention cause I am not working as fast as before. I hate it when he compares my speed on an easy project to a hard one cause he has no idea what I am dealing with.
@aurorastorm (1136)
• United States
12 Jul 10
I don't know if I would consider it compulsive or not, but I am a multitasker as well. I blow dry my hair and read a book. When I am working I always have to have the radio or television on. I never watch t.v. without also reading a book or writing on the computer. I will use my hands free phone in the car to make phone calls I need to make so I don't have to do it when I get home from work. Even if I am only doing one thing, which rarely happens, my brain is always thinking about the next thing and the next thing after that.
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
I also do the same. Whenever my computer is open for internet I do open multi tabs, it contains different online sites, one email site and one tab for search engine. I also have open tabs for online dictionary. It minimize my time,I use all my time in doing online and researching. I only do that whenever i have to use the internet. I became addicted to doing it to be honest, since it helps me to earn fast and it saves my time. When at home I am watching television, when the commercial is up I either read or write. It is more productive to multi task, although the focus is not equal. Sometimes when you are doing it for longer period of time you get used to it, and you can do that the effort is equal.
12 Jul 10
I am also do multitasking when i am surfing the net, I open several windows specially if I am waiting for an application to open. I also watch Television while exercising, but if one task need my full concentration I do not multitask like studying. And for me multitasking is not a disease as long that a person finishes all that task that he/she do, also i think multitasking saves time most of the time.
@hexeduser22 (5856)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
I love multi tasking but excessive multi tasking makes me lose focus so I end up not being able to finish anything haha
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
12 Jul 10
I am a multitasker too. I find it hard not to multitask.I feel like I'm losing a lot of precious time when I focus on just one thing, especially when I can't figure out what to do with it or I'm waiting on someone before I could push through with what I'm doing. When I'm stuck with something I'm doing, I do another thing, and when I'm stuck with that too I go back to the previous work or do another thing. Doing this let's me accomplish more and let's me tackle old problems with a fresh mind.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
12 Jul 10
i think multitasking is more effective for people who have trouble focusing on one thing at a time. the people who can focus and concentrate on one thing at a time certainly get more done in the long run. its hard for me to focus so i find it better for me to multitask and it hasn't helped that the multitasking has turned more into a habit for me. multitasking has been shown to affect peoples ability to focus over time. with so much information circulating, so many things people need to do on a regular basis,and all the entertainment choices these days its no wonder people have problems focusing. things are just not as quiet as they use to be.
@Memnon (2173)
12 Jul 10
Generally speaking, I multitask well. On a PC I usually have two or more screens running. Some of that is because some sites are not particularly quick. I can be accessing a survey elsewhere, while replying to discussions on myLot.