4.27.04 Not a Multitasker
Multitasking is the norm these days. Busy people love to do several things at once. I can't. I know I can't.
How many steps does it take to set up the coffeemaker to turn on automatically?
I do this routine every evening. But if I'm having a conversation with Jim at the same time, I screw it up. No kidding. I forget the water. Or I leave the water in the carafe instead of pouring it in the reservoir. Or I forget to press the timer button.
This makes me feel like a clod.
But at least now I have some research that tells me I'm not alone. This is from CNN:
This is not good if you are, say, an air traffic controller or a coffee-maker. Time will be lost. Mistakes will be made. This gives new meaning to the phrase "asleep at the switch."
So yesterday I had to make 7 VHS tapes and 8 DVDs of what I call my Allegany Lucy project. For each set up I had to be careful that my mind was not being entertained by something else so I wouldn't have a lapse and do something dumb like forget to press record. Nothing more embarrassing than a client who finds herself with a blank tape because I was multitasking.
I'm content to be old-fashioned this way.
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