Are you a Multi-Tasker or do you tackle tasks one at a time? Whatever our preference, motherhood often requires a bit of both.
I came across two fascinating perspectives on multitasking from the Harvard Business Review. Both are a year old–quite dated in blogosphere terms–but I think them worth sharing with my fellow chaos tamers. First, I stumbled upon Peter Bregman’s How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking. He makes some excellent points that particularly resonate with my own one-track mind. Don’t stop with just the one article, for David Silverman offers a worthy rebuttal; In Defense of Multitasking. (In truth, Silverman’s article seems not to debate the points of Bregman’s but rather clarifies exceptions.)
It reminded me of a Chaos Column I’d written here on the Front Porch in 2006. (Which is positively ancient in blog-time.) If you are interested, jump back in time and read about Simple Sally and Multi-Task Maxine.
Would you be more effective by multi-tasking more or less than you do now? Share in the comments! I’ve shared that I’m a Simple Sally, but lately either 5 children or my age have given me a shorter attention span and I find myself bopping between unfinished tasks. Right now, I’d do better to reestablish my habit of focus.
(This article was posted on the Homeschool Blogger Front Porch in my Taming the Chaos column today.)
~Domestic Chaos tamer and homeschool mom of 5, Dell writes about home, heart and hearth.~