I really enjoyed this article and agree with most of the suggestions, except for buying online. While I still do on occasion, I believe that it is better to buy from local stores, even if it's a chain whenever possible, as it helps grow your local economy.
I thought this was a great article! I think some of the other people may be confused as to what the article is trying to say. I've found that I can more than manage a phone conversation while emptying my dishwasher - something I absolutely hate. It's really not all that difficult to do something involuntary (come on, how much do you have to think about while sorting laundry?!) while talking on the phone with my friends or mom. Honestly, the headset I've got for my phone is a god send because it allows me to have two hands free! The independence!
I don't think the author is suggesting that you neglect your kids. All you ever hear people say these days is "I don't have enough time for that". I think a lot of the suggestions were very reasonable and in the least, good for some ideas for applying the same principles to your life, even if maybe not quite the same.
10/1/2009 3:49:47 AM
I like most of sparpeople's article. This one I didn't like. It basically tells me to multitask whenever possible. I really do not believe this is helping with anything. I actually believe it makes things worse. I'm talking on the phone to my friends or family and writing lists at the same time? Shame on me! Obviously they're not important enough for me to give them exclusive 10 minutes of my time. I'm doing laundry while catching up the news, or: I'm catching up on the news while I'm exercise, I'm cooking while I'm getting other things done, etc.... This is just plain awful! I might t getting more done, but I'm getting it done with less quality AND it's going to stress me out because there's no time to relax anymore! If I'm preparing dinner, I'm preparing dinner. Fullstop. I want to focus on this, I don't want to jiggle lists and phones while I'm cutting my vegetables and think about the best way to prepare them.
More and more people find out for themselves that they're too busy, coaches have found a new field of work with all that "do less, get more done; simplify"-strategies. I know I would get crazy if I tried to do it that way.
Sorry, but for me this advice is just horrible in so many aspects.
I liked the article. I need to be reminded to prioritize my time.
9/29/2009 12:01:57 PM
What happened to "stop and smell the roses" - I got tired just reading this article! I don't want to multi-task with my school age kids if I can help it - we really only see each other for 3-4 hours a day (morning = getting ready for school, afternoon/evening = homework, dinner, playtime). I multi-task outside of those times... our kids need our attention when they are with us - what are they learning from us while we are so busy with "details" instead of people?
No time to stand and stare? Much good advice here, but I am not a machine, from which as much work as possible must be extracted before it wears out. I am a Poet, a Mother, a wife and a friend, I like having time for others. I like those little moment to drift of and daydream - that's where my poetry comes from.
What is this life, if - full of care We have no time to stand and stare.
Additionally, I wish that when I was raising my children, I DID NOT MULTI-TASK! Sorry, but multitasking when interacting with others diminishes relationships. Oh why didn't I know this earlier? So this is one flaw in the article I don't find helpful.
I lean toward the idea that multi-tasking is a myth.. there has been alot written about the fallacy of multi tasking. http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications /the-myth-of-multitasking I think we've just made modern life into a rat race where we all have to keep up with some ideal.... I am learning to just say no to many things & I now enjoy my family so much more, We;re not running at breakneck speed all week... it's great.
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