5/14/08

Multitasking

I have been reading that studies(?) are finding that multitasking is not as effective as focusing on something until it is done. I don't know if this is really a change in thought for me, but I am definitely feeling like this makes a lot of sense. I usually feel like a chicken running with it's head cut off, but lately I am feeling about as useful as one, and I think ineffective multitasking is to blame.

Multitasking is a way of life for me as a Mother, but between all the interruptions that life and kids provide, it is just too hard to lose my place or forget where I am at in the midst of the chaos. I think that by laying out individual tasks and not moving on until they are done I will be able to accomplish more and minimize the ever present procrastination tendency. I am actually starting to think that this might even give me more free time to just enjoy life and the munchkins.

The kids are in bed and I am ready to start. Here's to a more organized and enjoyable life!

2 comments:

mandi said...

It's true because you have this amount of attention that can be given and if you are dividing it between two activities the likelihood of missing a small but possibly important detail of one activity is higher. This is an important factor to consider when you are driving and talking on the cell phone. Research shows that you will actually look at things but not encode, or register that you have seen them. (inattention blindness)

Holly said...

You aren't getting a PhD in Psychology by any chance, are you?

Ahhh Mandi, you are the greatest sister ever. Thanks for the input and a good chuckle at how well this degree is paying off for you.