Do you consider yourself a GOOD or BAD multitasker?

@minx267 (15646)
Hartford, Connecticut
August 4, 2011 4:10am CST
I for one think I am a pretty good multi-tasker.. at least on the computer. I was sitting here just realizing how well I was doing tonight. I am MyLotting... I am Facebooking and I am Zazzling as well as checking my email and all this while I am at work.. and answering the phones, dispatching calls and Drinking tea and listening to the radio.. I feel like I am accomplishing a bit tonight. I know some people say of others. "they can't think and chew gum at the same time!" Are you one of those people? I don't want to mislead anyone so I will say that in other areas I am easily distracted.. For instance.. If I am heavily thinking or planning something in my head while driving my car.. I will often drive right by the street I needed to take or miss the exit I was supposed to get off of.. I HATE when I do that. I OFTEN and I can not emphasize that enough will walk out of one room to do something in the other room and forget what it was 2 seconds later when I get there.. BUT When I am focused on the computer I think I can get a lot done.. all at once. How about you? Good multi-tasker or bad?
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• United States
14 Aug 15
I am a pretty good multitasker, for I am always multitasking. It's basically a habit of mine. It might not be a good one, but I just can't seem to break it.
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• United States
16 Aug 15
@minx267 You do have a point there, but I think it might be better than me snoring during those events. Just kidding.
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@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
17 Aug 15
@TexanTornado As long you keep the phone etc. on silent... :)
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• United States
17 Aug 15
@minx267 Point taken. Seriously though, I would never do that.
@carmelanirel (20948)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I am good when it comes to social sites, but when I do my schoolwork I have to concentrate only on that...So I guess it depends on what I am doing, I can write my story with music playing, but when I am doing math, I need complete silence..
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
I hear you on that one... Although I did have to learn to Drive a car with the radio on.. It relaxed me.. My mother when teaching me was mad and would shut it off.. My aunt would let me leave it on, when she was teaching me... So I totally enjoyed having her teach me instead.. which then angered my mother.. LOL.. Wow, a trip down memory lane.. that was so long ago.
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• United States
4 Aug 11
Okay, I am completely different there, I had to have the radio off the first few times I tried driving in an automatic and then when I was learning to drive for my license, I really had to have the radio off because I learned in a 4-speed, stick shift... But now I can drive either and love blasting the radio, except my family hates it, including my son..
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
LOL. My radio is usually loud too and my roommate gets in and turns it down.. or shuts the radio completely off when he is driving..
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• United States
5 Aug 11
I can rock out multi-tasking. I've been known to follow what my kids are saying, crochet, talk on the phone and follow whats being said, and watch a movie(and know whats going on) all at the same time. I've also been known to talk on the phone and finish up dinner, while talkin to my kids to see what they would like on their plates for condiments! Online, well, right now, I have my facebook going, MyLot, Batheo(a game I play online) and my email all being run and followed, also right now my husband is talking to me about a television series and I'm paying attention to that as I type! I have friends who call me the Queen of Multitasking!
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Aug 11
lol. Awesome.. All hail the Queen.. Rock on!
• United States
8 Aug 11
LOL, a moms gotta do what a moms gotta do
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
9 Aug 11
Multi-tasking Moms Make the World go 'round!
• Australia
4 Aug 11
It really depends with me, when it comes to house work, I can get easily distracted, I'll start one thing then think of something else & go do that instead of finishing the first task I have started. Tonight, I am sitting in the lounge room watching tv, knitting & going through my emails - answering mylot & gather discussions as well while keeping an eye on my ebay auctions which are ending tonight.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
well, I understand about the sometimes.. I have days like that too. But what your doing now is pretty impressive.. I would call that some good multi-tasking skills!
• Australia
4 Aug 11
i guess you could say that...the only downer is I have to put my knitting down every time I have to type...now if only I had another pair of arms
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
ROFL.. now I am actually envisioning that.. 2 sets of arms would indeed come in handy. but would you be able to concentrate on what you are spelling and what you are knitting at the same time or would you need an extra brain too?
• Philippines
4 Aug 11
I don't multi-task very well. One time I was frying while recording a song. I forgot about the food and focused on the recording and completely toasted it. I ate the left-overs that day instead.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
LOL. I can't say that I haven't done that before... LOL I think it happens to the best of us..
• Philippines
5 Aug 11
You can say that again.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Aug 11
ok. "I can't say that I haven't done that before... LOL I think it happens to the best of us..." oh I forgot.. Have i said this already? I got distracted by the burning food smell in the kitchen... hehe
@06MLam (621)
4 Aug 11
I am not a very good multitasker and my piano playing has proved this. I cannot count and play the piano at the same time. Therefore, I always invent strange rythme which makes my piano teachers become crazy.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
That's good.. if the music does not sound bad.. lol
@06MLam (621)
4 Aug 11
It really sounds bad and this is why I make my piano teachers crazy.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Aug 11
LOL that is too funny.. I almost feel sorry for your piano teachers now.
@2004cqui (2816)
• United States
4 Aug 11
That's kind funny that you are mentioning this. My mother used to think it was funny to tell people I'd loose my head if it wasn't attached. Not funny! My husband (Mister extremely organized)can do the same thing while driving. He can forget things the same way. When you start not finding the door, walking into walls, forgetting money on the seat of your car, etc, etc, it's a problem. I am much more comfortable in front of my computer myself. Without it I am very disorganized. I know this is why there are computers everywhere. Look out that your employer finds out what you just told us! The company just may assign more responsibilities to you!
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
LOL. Right? they know I go on the computer.. they just don't know how busy I am doing other things that they don't pay me to do... But the phones get answer and the calls dispatched and that is what I am there for.. so If i can make a couple extra bucks Zazzling or Mylotting every night... Why not.. .I am actually increasing my wage per hour that way.. lol
@2004cqui (2816)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I just remembered something else! You said you are a dispatcher. About 20 years ago my husband was a dispatcher that did some of the stuff you do. He listened to the radio too. One of our local stations he was listening to was giving away an all expenses paid trip for two to a Huatulco, Mexico all inclusive resort. We won! He called the station when he heard our name called. When other employees heard this and got jealous they told the owner they didn't like that he could listen to the radio while working because they couldn't. He couldn't listen to it anymore. By the way-we were poor as church mice when all this happened!
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
That's just wrong.. why do people have to be so vindictive and jealous and ruin everything for everyone else?
@BarBaraPrz (31485)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Aug 11
Does standing and breathing count? I try not to do too many things at once (or even separately!)
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
Nope standing and breathing do not count.. Only because breathing is an involuntary action.. Now if you were standing and picking your nose, that might count... LOL But be careful NOT to Walk and Pick your nose as the up and down action of your legs might make you dig to far up your nose and hurt yourself...
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@BarBaraPrz (31485)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Aug 11
nosepicker - Nasty looking finger.
Especially with a finger like this:
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
OMG! LMAO.. you're killing me here.. I was eating while reading this and almost spit my food up all over the desk.
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@Mayuko (1271)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I'm like you--great at multitasking on the computer, but not that great in real life. I'm good at multitasking as long as I don't have to do two things that require thinking. LOL For example, I can't watch TV while I'm on this site, since I have to read and think about responses. On the computer, though I often have about a dozen different windows and tabs open. :P
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
Yea When I watch TV I really like to concentrate.. about the only other things I can do at the same time is... eat, pet my dog or cat, or maybe brush my hair.. anything other than that and I would be looking for a rewind button because I hate missing all the little nuances of a good show.
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@GardenGerty (134890)
• United States
5 Aug 11
Now, I can do hand work while I watch television, like hem something or crochet, or even make a shopping list or cut out coupons. I listen to television sometimes in the back ground while I do other things.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Aug 11
My mother was that way.. she Listened more sometimes than stared at the TV like I do. and she was able to do a lot of different things. I really Like to WATCH my television. And sometimes I like to rewind to re-watch something I thought was just a fantastic scene.. but I'm weird like that!
@moondancer (7433)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I know some of the people that can only do one thing at a time, lol. I'm glad I am not one of them or I'd rarely get things done. I think that most moms or wives can multitask because we have learned to out of necessity. Also many guys do because of the type of work they do. But there are the ones that can not do it no matter what. One of them is a guy that works with my husband and he messes up so much. I have read and heard it's something to do with the way our brains work.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Aug 11
Ah, the moms thing makes sense, your right. Multitasking is probably most always born out of necessity. And i think i know some people that can't do more than walk and talk at the same time..
• United States
4 Aug 11
I know people like that too. Or if they are talking they can not do anything else. lol
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Aug 11
Except those people who talk and must flail their hands.. you know like Italians. I think if you tape their hands together ... they wouldn't even be able to talk.. LMAO
@ElicBxn (61189)
• United States
25 Aug 11
I'm not a great multi-tasker, I tend to focus and only when I get to a breaking point will I notice much else... unless I have an audio clue that can break my concentration...
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
25 Aug 11
Wow, can you say tunnel vision? LOL... I guess I can't concentrate that well ... I'm so easily distracted sometimes that one minute later I will forget what it was I was doing before.. .lol
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@ElicBxn (61189)
• United States
25 Aug 11
I could do data entry (not something you needed too much thought about) and listen to an audio book at the same time, but sometimes I'd be listening and entering and totally miss that it was break or lunch time!
• Singapore
5 Aug 11
Well, I can't work while I listen to the radio, I don't know why, maybe the music distracts me. But I can work with a lot of applications opened, I can read a book, surf web, read emails, while doing a document. So, am I a good multi-tasker or not? I can't make up my mind. Guess I need to do more experiments.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Aug 11
That you do! Experiment away... It seems many here are better multitaskers on the computer than with other things. so you are not alone. :) keep trying!
• Singapore
6 Aug 11
That's why we meet here! My experiments brought me everywhere.
@GardenGerty (134890)
• United States
5 Aug 11
Some of the more recent studies say that you actually accomplish more if you do not multitask. I find it very distracting for me and very stressful anymore to multi task. I will tend to put things away and forget where, and things like the driving incident you describe. So no, I do not multitask well. I do better if I act like I have tunnel vision and go straight ahead with one task at a time.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
5 Aug 11
I can agree with most of that. I only appear to be able to multi task well on the computer.. where it is all in front of me to remind me. take that away and I better have strings tied to each finger with a note to remind me what I was doing 5 minutes ago... heck I write grocery lists and then forget to look at the grocery list when I get to the grocery store.. haha
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@GardenGerty (134890)
• United States
7 Aug 11
I forget to take the list or I leave it in the car.
@RamRes (1723)
• Argentina
13 Aug 11
Generally I'm not good at doing multiple things at the same time. I often get overwhelmed and missing some or all of what I was supposing to try to do, so just prefer to do it one at a time and take the appropriate time for each thing. In the computer I has an habit of leaving many windows open and switching between them frequently to switch task, but nothing at the same time, but instead one by one.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
14 Aug 11
Okay then you are NOT a very good Multi-tasker.. but that's okay.. not everyone can be. :)
@bounce58 (17441)
• Canada
7 Aug 11
I think I'm good at it. In fact, I even raised a discussion about this here on myLot! While at work, possibly doing the biggest project of my professional career, I myLot, coordinating thru email all the tasks for the business I just started, chatting with a friend in UK, and BBMing with another friend in Chicago. I may not be the fastest with the things that I have to do, but I surely accomplish lots!
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
8 Aug 11
That's awesome.. I try to. I find it funny that most days (well nights for me) I just sit here doing my job and visiting websites.. I usually have facebook up.. but what is most interesting is that it seems like everyone gets together on the same night. and whereas I usually talk to no one - all of a sudden 3 people will be IM'ing me at the same time. So I have to juggle 3 conversations and answer the phone here at work at the same time. I think it's weird that it always seems to happen this way.. and I don't usually have the time to get much else done that night. but it does make the time go by pretty quickly..
@bellis716 (4802)
• United States
7 Aug 11
I used to be pretty good at multitasking, but now, at 76, I have a one track mind. Should something distract me, my mind jumps off that one track.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
7 Aug 11
LOL. that is a great way of putting it. Well at least your one track is still up and running. :)
@lumenmom (1986)
• United States
6 Aug 11
I can still multitask at times, especially when I get into a rhythm but I cannot do it all the time. I was much better at it when I was younger. Now my concentration is too good, plus I have a whole lot of distractions that makes it harder for me.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
7 Aug 11
I know what you're talking about.. my concentration and memory are not what they used to be either.. :)
@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
6 Aug 11
I think being a mother that I am a good multitasker. I think most of the time that I do a good job at it. I can make dinner, be on the computer, answer the phone, do laundry, take care of the dogs all at the same time. How well i do it all at once is another thing. Ha ha. But hey you have to try.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Aug 11
LOL. That is true. we have to try and practice makes perfect, right? so keep it up :)
@stephcjh (38808)
• United States
6 Aug 11
I am very good at multi-tasking. I do this every single day of the week to make sure to accomplish alot of things.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Aug 11
fantastic.. me too.. keep up the good work.
@roberten (3131)
• United States
6 Aug 11
I am just an average multi-tasker; I find that I do it less well as I age. I still multi-task but I do it much slower.
@minx267 (15646)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Aug 11
Hey, no one said there was a speed to multitasking.. the fact that you can do it is just fine..