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Is multitasking really the best use of time?

December 5th, 2008

“Mom, can you help me with my science homework?”

I bring my laptop, my book, and mail to the dining room table so I can multitask while helping my daughter with homework.

“What question are you on?” I asked.

Answer email.

“What question was that again?”

Read a credit card offer.

“What did you say was the question?”

In an effort to be efficient, I’ve become totally inefficient.

Not only inefficient. I am ineffective, inattentive, and insensitive.

Trying to do everything at the same time left me with Attention Deficit Disorder – inattentiveness, difficulty getting work done, procrastination, or organization problems – I have all those classic symptoms of ADD!

A supermom multitasks, but a good mom doesn’t have to drive herself to a psychological disorder.

I can remember something of 8th grade science – boiling point, melting point, Periodic Table – yes, it’s coming back to me when I actually pay attention to my daughter.

Don’t let the busyness of the holidays keep you from giving your full attention to your children.

Photo by Elsie esq.

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  1. OMG. *raising hand*


    I am SO guilty of this – I’ve been telling myself I need to stop the multi-tasking bit, but this post will definitely help kick my butt into gear. Thanks girl… Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!!

  2. MammaDawg: I had a great Thanksgiving! Still eating turkey!


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