Split Tasking

There used to be this thing called “multi-tasking”. Marvelous idea: the ability to do more than one thing at a time. And women were supposed to be very good at it. And unfortunately, like many marvelous things like unicorns and calorie-free cookies it just doesn’t exist.

As it turns out, what we used to call multi-tasking is actually a system of working that involves switching back and forth between two or more tasks very rapidly. Progress on both tasks may coincide with one another, but they aren’t actually happening at the same time. The process of switching between tasks may not seem like a big deal, but apparently it is one of the more tiring tasks for the brain to do. Multi-tasking doesn’t actually save time or energy- it actually takes more energy than just doing one thing at a time.

It’s a shame that multi-tasking isn’t a “thing” anymore. I could stand to get more than one thing done at once these days. Next weekend I will be working at an event for Sony Online Entertainment: the company that produces online games such as Everquest and Everquest II. I’m attending as a vendor- I do marker drawings of players’ characters and admittedly I’m looking forward to having the excuse to draw for a few days.¬† Last year we had so many orders that a four day show turned into ten days of work and I wouldn’t complain too loudly to have that kind of good fortune again this year. The only problem is that three days after getting back from this Sony event we will be heading to my brother’s wedding. And three days after we get back from the wedding I begin classes for grad school.

So over the next few days I have to prepare for a show, a wedding, and grad school. I’m also trying to finish up a film project, watch as many of the “must see” films and do as much of the prescribed reading list as I can for class, practice bass, run every day, and get my books back to the library on time. So a few things going on!

At the moment I am trying to write this whilst simultaneously waiting for water to filter so I can refill the cats’ water fountain and also¬† watching “King Kong” (the 1933 version). It’s a good movie and I’d love to just watch it without distraction, but it is hard to justify spending ninety minutes to crossing off one single task off my To Do list.

Times like these when I get on the To Do list treadmill it is very easy to get frustrated: I’m actually being very diligent about staying on task but the list never seems to get any shorter and never goes away. I have to remind myself that I don’t necessarily have to do everything as long as I’m doing as much as I can.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on July 26, 2013.

2 Responses to “Split Tasking”

  1. I feel confident you will get done what has to be done. Maybe we can see a movie together?

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