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post #1 of 24
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I think it's a myth. I cant even tap my head and rub my tummy let alone talk on the phone, type and fill out paperwork all at the same time. What ever happened to paying attention to what one is doing?
post #2 of 24
It's what employers want As I'm learning in my career prep course, "multitasking" is a buzzword employers want to see on resumes.
post #3 of 24
I am a multi tasking queen!

At my last job thats what it was all about - it was so busy in there, and with me being the only front desk girl, I would have to multi task all day long. I would rather be doing 10 things at once to keep me busy anyways
post #4 of 24
I multi-task all day! I don't necessarily actually do multiple things at one time, but I switch between many tasks. I always have at least 5 windows open on my computer, and at work I have 2-5 tabs open on Firefox.
post #5 of 24
I was told a while ago that I am slightly ADD...so yes, I multitask.

Besides I need to be able to do it for my job. If I'm working on some updates and a user buzzes me asking where an email is, then I have to stop what I'm doing and quickly look for that email.

It keeps my everyday life interesting.
post #6 of 24
hmm, wel at work, i have 7 monitors that i need to baby sit. plus dealing with updates, and the backups. i have something like 24 screens running system info for all of the location. that needs to be checked, so i guess that is mulit tasking?
post #7 of 24
I multi-task my tushie off all day at the office - I'm able to juggle many things at the same time, and have been this way for a LONG time. Right now I am putting together quotes for 6 clients, answering the phones, posting on TCS and eating lunch.

When I get PMSy, or feel really sick, then I can only do two or three things at the same time rather than dozens.

At home I usually read and watch TV at the same time, LOL... It definitely isn't a myth.
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
I am a multi tasking queen!

At my last job thats what it was all about - it was so busy in there, and with me being the only front desk girl, I would have to multi task all day long. I would rather be doing 10 things at once to keep me busy anyways
it's my job description! i can have as many as 6-8 kids doing 6-8 different things, & i have to keep up with what they're all doing... of course, sometimes they're all doing the same things... & sometimes they're doing 'independent' work, like now, which really just means i'm monitoring to ensure they are working, but i'm not assisting in any other way.
post #9 of 24
There's no way I could do my job if I couldn't multitask- my job IS multitasking! But I carry it into my homelife, too....I have to be doing 5,000 things at once. For instance, I can never just sit down and watch TV...I have to be reading schoolwork, doing my nails, playing a round of sudoku, etc.
post #10 of 24
Oh yes, I multitask all the time - work and home - in fact my brain gets confused if I only have one thing to do at a time!!!!
post #11 of 24
My whole life is the anti-multi-task. My job is in the O.R. Surgery is one patient, from start to finish. The rest of my life is pretty much the same way. One quilt, start to finish. One book, start to finish. I like to focus my attention on one thing at a time...but I am really a perfectionist, so that is the way for me to accomplish exactly what I feel needs to be done. I tend to be easily distracted if I try to have too many things going at the same time. I envy those who are able to multi-task effectivly...
post #12 of 24
Making music is all about multitasking.

At any given time, I am creating/monitoring/planning/preparing/executing the following:
-the notes on the page (pitch and duration)
-The rhythms on the page
-My sound
-the tempo (speed)
-the intonation (is it in tune with all the other notes? With the tuner?)
-the dynamics (volume)
-the articulation (are the notes articulated short, long, separate, smooth?)
-the line/phrase of music
-any stylistic markings
-tone color (dark and rich? light and bouncy?)
-my own ideas about the music and how to make the performance most effective
-my position and posture
-the way I'm holding my flute

All of these questions are asked and answered continuously during a piece of music.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
My whole life is the anti-multi-task. My job is in the O.R. Surgery is one patient, from start to finish. The rest of my life is pretty much the same way. One quilt, start to finish. One book, start to finish. I like to focus my attention on one thing at a time...but I am really a perfectionist, so that is the way for me to accomplish exactly what I feel needs to be done. I tend to be easily distracted if I try to have too many things going at the same time. I envy those who are able to multi-task effectivly...
My definition of multi-tasking would be very different from yours. Doing surgery on one patient from start to finish would be absolutely necessary, but after surgery I imagine you are able to (and probably do) monitor several patients for post-operative issues which would be multi-tasking. There are certainly some tasks that you cannot interrupt such as surgery, but if you are doing lesser tasks and are interrrupted or requested to do something else and can switch back and forth between tasks, that to me is multi-tasking. It is physically impossible to do two things at the same time.

I'm very good at multi-tasking also, but for me I also finish one "project" before starting another, i.e., quilt, book, etc., so I don't look at those situations as being tasks. They are what I do for leisure.
post #14 of 24
I've always been good at multi-tasking. I used to be able to watch tv, talk on the phone, and use the computer at the same time. Now I've downgraded it to just using the computer and playing with Reeses At work though I have to be able to do that. I have to be able to listen to the customer and still pay attention to the person who's yelling the information to them in the background to tell me, while writing stuff down and wishing I could be at home all at the same time
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Abigail View Post
I think it's a myth. I cant even tap my head and rub my tummy let alone talk on the phone, type and fill out paperwork all at the same time. What ever happened to paying attention to what one is doing?
If many of the people who you rely on for help/information/services were not capable of multitasking, I'm afraid you might be somewhat disappointed with the service you receive.

A very basic example would be when you call your bank or credit card company for information on your account. Beside listening to you, that employee is typing, pulling up and checking multiple screens, reading information, asking and responding to your questions. We often come to expect it from those who help us. Although they are still focused on one person, you the client, they are very capable of paying attention and providing you with good service while doing multiple tasks. I'm pretty certain you would not want to get a customer service rep on the phone who could only focus on one job related task at a time.

At work if I don't have a dozen screens going, I'm taking it easy.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Cinder View Post
If many of the people who you rely on for help/information/services were not capable of multitasking, I'm afraid you might be somewhat disappointed with the service you receive.

A very basic example would be when you call your bank or credit card company for information on your account. Beside listening to you, that employee is typing, pulling up and checking multiple screens, reading information, asking and responding to your questions. We often come to expect it from those who help us. Although they are still focused on one person, you the client, they are very capable of paying attention and providing you with good service while doing multiple tasks. I'm pretty certain you would not want to get a customer service rep on the phone who could only focus on one job related task at a time.

At work if I don't have a dozen screens going, I'm taking it easy.
I agree. At my job if I couldn't multitask I'd be fired.
post #17 of 24
I don't know if I multi-task at my job. I work on a switchboard system, where I have to answer several calls all for different clients at once. So, I might be on a call, when 1 or more calls drop into my computer, at which point I have to put the caller on hold to answer the other two. Usually I put them on hold and then go back to the original call, and complete it then go down the list to the next call, and once again answer more lines. Is that Multi-tasking?

I know I'm not good at doing a lot of things at once. I too have ADD, and it's hard for me to concentrate on several things at once.
post #18 of 24
There was a study a few years ago that said productivity actually goes down while multi-tasking. And I know I have a limit on how much quality work I get done when I'm dealing with two totally different tasks (e.g. conference call and coding).
post #19 of 24
I multi-task at work all day long: I flip between two computers, with multiple programs open on both computers, and I'm responsible for answering a variety of telephone lines ... all for different things (boardroom bookings, facility management, service calls, parking calls ...), and people will come into the office to pay for things or ask for parking passes, and then I have to use the walkie-talkies (I get a real kick out of saying "10-4"), and ... Heck, I'm multi-tasking right now -- since I started typing this message, I've had four phone calls, three walk-in customers, an email from a manager and a brief chat on the walkie-talkie with one of the servicemen. Whew!

When I go home at the end of the day, I do one thing at a time. I'm proud of how well I multi-task, but I enjoy focusing on one thing at a time to the exclusion of all else. Sure, I can watch TV, listen to music, play on a computer and read a book all at the same time ... but I don't wanna! :P I want to enjoy the television program I'm watching, I want to focus on the computer game, and I want to escape into my book. Listening to music is the only thing I try to do while doing other things (except watch TV).

My fiance, on the other hand, is absolutely incapable of multi-tasking (except for the TV ... he can have the TV on regardless of what he's doing: reading a book, listening to music, having an in-depth conversation with friends, doing advanced math ...). Fortunately, his job doesn't require it. He focuses on one thing and does that very well, and then he moves on to the next thing. He gets flustered if he has to switch from doing one thing to another, and it annoys him when he has to leave things unfinished. He can be extremely single-minded at times.

So, I don't think multi-tasking is a bad thing -- it's often very necessary -- but it isn't something I enjoy. I'd rather devote my time to one thing and be sure I've done that one thing well, and then start something new. Unfortunately, I seldom have the luxury.
post #20 of 24
So what do I do when I'm on a long boring conference call at work? I multi-task, by dropping into TCS!!
post #21 of 24
Multi-tasking is not a myth. In fact, I get paid to do it.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
At home I usually read and watch TV at the same time, LOL... It definitely isn't a myth.
Hey I do that too!

I am always multitasking as well - right now, I am studying, cleaning out my desk, playing around on here, watching a dvd and doing the housework and updating my laptop since its practically new again after having the harddrive replaced. Boy I am going to be tired tonight!
post #23 of 24
I multitast at work - you have to in my job, I called it working in a `non-linear' environment on my resume. When there's soooo many things going on you have to be across them all, know what's happening at any given second, be able to handle lots of things at once within limited time paramaters in a stressful environment. I think that's what true `multitasking' is - not just doing a few things at once. I.e. watching tv while eating popcorn and talking to your cat. That's just being busy!

Your point about concentrating on one thing at a time is very true, though, IMO. Because of so many jobs now being multiple-level, sometimes when you're not busy and you have to work through a list of tasks, it can be hard to stay focused enough on the job at hand to see it through, rather than skipping and jumping between three different things.

I noticed that in my own work, and it can bugger up your time management, so now I have a few rules. Finish what I'm doing, only handle every piece of paper ONCE. They are fantastic guides and really help you stay right on top of your work and your workload.

Of course, if I couldn't multitask I wouldn't be able to hang out on TCS and pretend I'm typing a letter, would I???
post #24 of 24
oh yeah i multi task all the time right now i am typing.giving attention to my sweet Belle Belle..and trying to fin something on tv lol
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