I’ve told people for years that I am no good at multitasking.
They say, “But you’re a mom! Of course you are!”
I’m a mom, yes. But a multitasker? Nope. I’m not. I have to ask my children to repeat themselves if I’m on the computer. I have to ask my hubby to say that “one more time”… when I’m trying to write OR I have to go back read what I wrote because I was paying attention to what was being said to me.
So that must mean your multitasking abilities are superior to mine, right?
According to an article on MSN today — not so much. Before you get too riled up, read on…
The author basically says our brains are made to focus on thing at a time. Even when we think we are multitasking, our brains are making one thing KING. The brain switches from one thing to another and is only focusing on that one thing. It takes a few seconds for it to make the switch, but once it does, it is not focusing on the “other” thing anymore.
In other words:
I cannot watch TV and listen to my beautiful child tell me about her day at the same time.My brain is either blocking out the TV or the her voice at different points in the conversation.
I cannot read email and listen to someone at the same time. My brain only focuses on one. I need to put down the computer or ask the person to wait five minutes and then give them my full attention.
I cannot talk or text on the phone while driving in traffic and do either well. I don’t care how good you are, neither can you. We all need to put down our phones and drive or pull over to the side of the road and talk.
I cannot use the curling iron, cook dinner, revamp my homeschool schedule on my iphone and call my bestie all at the same time… Someone is going to get hurt.
There are things we do that don’t need our focus. Such as breathing, scratching our head or putting on our shoes. We can wash dishes and chat. We can sweep and listen to our spouse tell us about their day. Because who really cares if we miss the dust bunnies in the corner? The dustbunnies will be happy about the situation, I’m sure. But rest assured, our brains are still making a decision as to what we are focused on.
Want to read the article? http://areyoufast.msn.com/articles/can-you-truly-multitask-/252561849?wt.mc_id=msn#fbid=Q68K2rxn3-t
Here are a few more related posts by other folks: http://www.azarask.in/blog/post/you-cant-multitask/, http://psychcentral.com/news/2009/08/27/excess-multi-tasking-has-downside/8013.html, and a sometimes dry, but still interesting documentary on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwF43voCqC0
Oh – and just a little more food for thought… Jesus warns us about multitasking in a way. He said, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” He then applied it to trying to serve God and Money. He says we can’t serve both of them at the same time either. Then he went on to say that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow… or the food we will eat… or the clothes we will wear. He said, “Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:24-34)
So the way I’m reading that… if I focus on God first and seek out His direction for me… then all the other stuff will fall into place as it should be?
It’s something to ponder.
So what are your thoughts? Do you multitask? Are you good at it? Or are does it stress you out?