Mythology and Multitasking

Growing up, my mother would say, “If you want something done, ask a busy woman.”   Throughout the years I have often come back to this philosophy especially when I found myself “multitasking”.  I know every woman who is a mom, works -part time or full time and enjoys interests outside of these two elements of her life….multitasks!  You know what I’m talking about…arguing with the insurance company on the phone while making dinner and entertaining the dog all the while thinking about the on-line training modules needed to be completed  before school starts.

So, when I was at the the new exhibit, The Brain at the Franklin Institute, I was astonished, even agased, to learn that multitasking is a myth.  How preposterous.  Big D. just stood by me and shook his head as to say, “Told you so”.  For many years, I would race through 2 or 3 tasks while he completed one.  Hmmmm.IMG_4969    I wonder if this  has any impact on Alzheimer’s Disease.  Strong, competent, and intelligent women of my family – phenomenal multi-taskers, have subcommed to this horrible disease.

I pride myself on making decisions both at home and in the health office based on evidence based research.  I think more research is clearly needed but I think for now I am going to try to focus more on the task at hand and less “multi-tasking”.

Do you multitask?  What do you think about this?   Well, I am going to sew some blocks for my Black Cats and Pumpkins quilt, while I get some laundry done and see what’s in the refrigerator for dinner.



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