Multitasking – How Good Are You At It?
10-14-12: Initial release.
Let’s face it, the world is a busy place. Even though it is the year 2012, depending on what you are doing these days compared to 5, or even 10 years ago, you are probably more busy than ever. Are you?
I know I am. Just 10 years ago, I was in high school, then 5 years later it was finishing up college, and then another 5 years I’m a working professional.
Time flies by so quick, and there are some things that I have learned the hard way (and also the smart way) that I am going to share with you so you too can help get a grip on your own life.
One of the necessary evils of this world (if you want to call it an evil) is working. Granted, there are people in this life who work a job that they love doing (luckily, I have one of those jobs). Then there are those kind of people who are working a job they don’t really care about, or its just a job just to help pay the bills and put food on the table.
Whatever the case maybe, you need to be able to know when to draw the line between work, and home.
Some people bring work home to work at home, and in the process, they are forgetting about the people who are more important in their lives: friend, family, and significant other.
So how do you manage it all, without having a mental breakdown? The key is how well can you manage your time, but also multitask.
If you don’t know, multitask is basically how well you can do multiple things at one time. However, it is easier said than done, and I’d say there are different levels of multitasking.
For example at work, it is probably best to focus on one project/task and get that done and out of the way 100%, rather than do say 5 tasks or projects at the same time, each one with varying levels of completeness.
However, that is a specific case, because sometimes multitasking at work is different than multitasking at home.
In fact, multitasking at home can be easy and painless, and the risks of something bad happening very low.
Take me for example. As I am writing this blog post on a laptop, it is currently downloading a video in the background, seeding files online for a friend, uploading a video for a friend in my dropbox, boiling water on the stove for my lunch, and I got the washer machine washing my clothes.
Really, it pays to do more things at once if you can handle it, because we only have the same 24 hours in the day. We cannot pause time, so let’s use it effectively.
If you are going to be taking a shower, why not brew coffee at the same time with the coffee maker? Don’t drink coffee? How about toasting some bread for your sandwhich? So by the time you are done taking a shower, your breakfast is ready.
There are tons of things anybody can do and give examples of multitasking. A lot of the time people ask me if I am busy, and I always say yes, because busy is such a relative thing.
Whether I am answering youtube comments, reading emails, or just something as simple as reading something on the web, I am busy. But I do believe that there are varying levels of being busy as well. It’s just how do you manage it all?
Because if you know how to do multiple things at once, you will find that you are going to be happy, and of course, less stress in your life!
How about you, what type of things do you do when you multitask? Let us know!