WHY HUMANS ARE BAD

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That is… BAD at multi-tasking.

MY WIFE THE MULTI-TASKER. That’s what I call her. She will make you believe she can tie her shoes, comb her hair and cook my breakfast all at the same time.

She can’t, and she shouldn’t have to, but she thinks she can.

I say to her, “Sweetheart, slow down. You are going to kill yourself.” But of course, she just keeps on going – not in the order that I mentioned – but she boasts in trying to make me think she is a multi-tasker and I should be as well.

The reason I know she is not, is because at home when the day is done, hardly any of what she has done is fully complete. But one thing for sure, she is tired at the end of the day.

Now, if this is the way she wants to prove her net worth to herself, that’s okay with me. All is not at its worse for me, because when the day is coming to an end, she wants me to multi-task also, and she wonders why I am not being a jumping-jack along with her. Don’t get me wrong, she is a sweetheart of a lady – and has always been – but she has this thing about being a multi-tasker as if no one does it better than her, and why isn’t everyone else doing it.

I THINK IT IS A SUPERVISOR THING

Her multi-tasking-thinking, seems to have come mostly from having been a supervisor of several people – meeting with lawyers; answering any of her staffs problems at a moments notice; managing phone calls; and picking up her folders to go put out a fire at another office. By the time she comes home to housekeeping supervisor duties, her husband becomes the punching bag. Something like, why haven’t you taken out the trash; the windows need washing; will you ride down to WalMart with me, etc.

But, don’t feel sorry for me, I have selective hearing, and of course these activities when she was working, were rather natural in our home. However, we are both retired now. I still laugh at her …having always tried to pull me into her world of multi-tasking. Never happened back then, and never happening now.

I will not put up those Christmas lights until I feel up to it. Can’t you see that I am blogging sweetheart.

FOCUS ON BEING PRODUCTIVE

Many of us spend our days racing against the clock, trying our best to squeeze everything—job, family, friends, and chores—into approximately 16 hours (and that’s if we are getting enough sleep). No matter how hard we try, there never seems to be enough time.

ACTUALLY ‘MULTI-TASKING’ MAY NOT BE SO BAD

I speak about why humans are bad – maybe I might be pushing the envelope more than necessary on this subject. Because, while many might assume that some people with more on their plates may have a harder time managing their days – may not be true for some at all.

I am learning that the best ‘time-management’ advice out there …actually comes from those multi-taskers I am unfairly speaking about. You know… the people who somehow balance side gigs on top of their full-time jobs …and on top of everything else.

I remember in my studies at business school. We had assignments on time management.

DO THEY DO IT SO WELL? I AM NOT SURE. BUT HERE IT IS AS I REMEMBER:

1.  Start The Day With Your Biggest Tasks

2. Keep Your Work Space Tidy

3. Schedule Your Day And Week Out

5. No Procrastination

6. Break Your Days Into Segments

7. Be Always Able To Adjust Your Schedule

 

Easy Talk – With Clarence