A few years back, I thought multitasking was good and an important skill to learn. As a young mom, having a child that did not sleep much in his first couple of months, I’ve had to come up with something. At times, I would put my son in the baby carrier and continue with all sorts of household tasks while he enjoyed being carried around 🙂 Later on, while being a single mom for a good while, I’ve had to come up with new ideas to get all the daily tasks accomplished.
I agree that in this fast-paced world we often have to do multiple tasks. Today many women have to work outside their home. Years back, I used to squeeze in an appointment at an office before or after driving my son to school. Sometimes I also used my lunchbreak to run a few errands.
That’s not multitasking you might say. Well, how about this:
Cooking dinner while watching over homework, folding a few clothes that just came out of the dryer, jotting down a few items unto the grocery list, …
In my post If Something Is Important Enough I mentioned that we cannot do many things (multitasking) thinking all of them will get done properly. You see, eventually something — or somebody — will suffer if we don’t keep our focus straight and take the time for things and people who need our full attention.
It’s interesting to see what the search engine comes up with when looking for pages that talk about multitasking. Most of them will tell you that the brain is not able to do multiple tasks without making errors. Others will try to convince you that you will need to be able to multitasks to survive in your job and in this world. Then there are at least a few that will say that the more tasks you are trying to accomplish the greater the risk will be that each one or more of them will suffer.
I think our brain is capable that we can accomplish more than one task — especially when doing tasks that have become like second nature to us. However, most of the time, I find it best to give each one our full attention to get the best results.
What’s your opinion on that? Do you like or even prefer multitasking? How do you schedule most of your daily tasks?