“You are quite the multi-tasker!” is a comment that I have heard recently on distinct and separate occasions, various times (always said with a raised eyebrow, a sideways grin and a quick chuckle).
The usual repenting reply is, “Yeah, they say I might actually get more done if I focused on one thing at a time.” as I grimace and then sheepishly smile.
Here is my theory: things that can be done without thinking can be combined with some thing that requires thought – as long as the two tasks do not demand the usage of the same body parts. So I usually do look for ways to combine tasks.
Yet there are tasks that I choose not to combine with anything else because I really do value quality. Some of them are: communing, writing, proofing, teaching, good reading, and good listening.
Because so many have noticed that I multi-task I am paying more attention to when I do it. I am in that evaluation stage now to see if it is something that I need to stop doing so as to increase effectiveness. Or is it something that I can keep on doing to my hearts content.