As mothers and women in general we like to pride ourselves on our ability to multitask.
Of course I can do the laundry, start dinner in the crockpot and balance my check book on the new app that I just installed on my iPad that I can also access from my phone while the twins are sleeping… NO PROBLEM.
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having the capabilities to torment our friends like we are something special and a superwoman. You can picture that mom on the playground, watching her kids, while breastfeeding the baby and making lists on her phone and loading really cute pictures on her instagram. Yes, THAT mom.
I’m tired just thinking about all the things that I don’t get done because I am too busy taking care of the little details that get in the way.
The thing is multi-tasking is an inherently bad idea.
You should not drive and talk on the phone or eat or try to read a map.
You should not check your email, peruse Facebook, read a blog, pin to pinterest and comment on a YouTube video when you are suppose to be writing a blog post.
You should not neglect your kids when you are at the part because you need to send out just one more text of share a funny picture with your girlfriends.
Stay in the moment. Every professional organizer will tell you that multitasking is a myth and it takes away your focus. Why? because if you are working on two different things, you are dividing your mental capacity to process the information in half. If you are trying to do four things, well, you are only using 25% of your brain to complete the task.
What does that mean? To keep it simple, it will take you twice or four times the allotted time to accomplish your task. So you think that you are being more efficient but in fact, you are being less efficient. There is a cost to multitasking and it could mean that if you are ‘heavy multitasking’ you could temporarily be lowering your IQ by 15 points… Yes, 15 points. You know sometimes as a parent you have enough trouble maintaining the IQ you currently have without taking away from it, am I right?