Monday, April 8, 2019

Multitasking

Most of us multitask every day.  It makes us feel like we're not wasting time and getting more things done.  Or maybe we haven't done a dog gone thing all day, or say, for almost two weeks because we've BEEN SICK AS #%@!, so we try to do everything at once to make up for it!  (Could we all stop coughing on our computer screens so that we stop spreading this awful bronchitis crap from blogger to blogger!?! I am all well now though!)  But, are we really accomplishing all that we think we are?

I  am confident that no Thanksgiving dinner was ever prepared without the main cook of the house multi-tasking.  Lots of pots with wooden spoons (our dinner guests have no idea that the lady of the house has been spanked bare butt with all of them)  in them simmering on the stove, an apple pie in the oven while you're putting the ingredients together for the pumpkin pies.  One person doing all this is task-switching very quickly, which is a form of multi-tasking.  The brain cannot actually do two things at the same time.   What is happening when we multi-task is that our brains are jumping back and forth extremely fast from one thing then back to the other so it makes it seem like we're doing two things at once.  We're not, but, it still looks and feels like we are, doesn't it?!


In one 2009 study, Stanford University researcher Clifford Nass found that people who were considered heavy multitaskers were actually worse at sorting out relevant information from irrelevant details. The study revealed that even when these chronic multitaskers were focusing on just a single task, their brains were less effective and efficient. Source  Interestingly, the more we multi-task, the shorter our attention span grows even when we're not multi-tasking. Isn't that crazy?!! That's not good news! However, Nass says that current evidence suggests that people who stop multi-tasking will be able to perform better. Whew! 

What's this got to do with TTWD, Windy?   Well, it's our HOH's who have to step in to help us focus on the task at hand when we space out, try to do too many things at once and get frazzled and crabby.  Or they make us pay for the fact that we were distracted by too many things and forgot to do something that is required or asked of us.  Such things  as forgetting to take one's medication,  or forgetting something clearly written on the grocery list.......  eggs, perhaps?  (we know who you are because you told us!   Scrambled Me. )   <<grin>>

 Also....... perhaps we should be thankful that our husbands switch hands when they're spanking our bottoms and they switch from one cheek to the other.  Hey, the break is minimal, but it's still a pause!    Tonight, Storm was spanking away with one hand on one cheek, then switched cheeks, and then he started spanking me with both hands at the same time!  I started laughing...... and coughing......  He said he was giving it to me half price.  Two for one deal.   I did not feel special and I do not like him dual-tasking like that!  Well at least he doesn't have 6 fingers on each hand... more surface area!

Okay, so I know some of you who love to do more than one thing at a time swear that you think you can really get a lot accomplished this way........ and for you multi-tasking All Stars, I have found this:

Researcher Strayer says that there is a tiny but persistent subset of the population—about two per cent—whose performance does not deteriorate, and can even improve, when multiple demands are placed on their attention.  You are either born with the neural architecture that allows you to overcome the usual multitasking challenges, or you aren’t. .Supertasker brains become less, not more, active with additional tasks: they are functioning more efficiently.  How about that?  Source

I am left with one question though that was not answered in any research that I found and that is this:  Within our little subset of the ttwd online world,  are you gals/guys who multi-task getting spanked more often or less often than those of us who feel that we can only concentrate on only one thing at a time?

P.S.  I won't throw any statistics at you for this one, but trust me that the numbers support the fact that nobody should be multi-tasking while driving. 

14 comments:

  1. Hi Windy, this is interesting. I think many women try to multi task, I know I do. Had to giggle at Storm's half price spanking lol.

    Ugh, sorry you have been sick. I hope you are feeling better.

    Hugs
    Roz

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    1. Hi, Roz! What a half price deal Storm offered me, huh? One I wasn't allowed to refuse! HA! I"m not sick anymore, but other bloggers have been. We're spreading it! GAH! Thanks for the laughs! Hugs, Windy

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  2. Hi Windy ... once upon a time I happened to be a multi tasker extraordinaire ... however, ever since meno brain fog arrinved in my early 50's, I've had to write down everything to be done and try to remind myself to approach each with a focus. It doesn't always work, as I am easily distracted if something not on the list comes into play. This is a primary reason why we have rules in place to assist with time management. Frank is a focus machine. When he sets about to do something, it and only it gets done ... and sometimes I am seconded to assist with whatever it is ... leaving my tasks undone ... lol!

    ... and your example of the cook ... used to be I could cook for 50 without giving it a second thought ... now? ... if I have to cook for over 8, every step and time for the coordination of the various dishes is laid out in a schedule ... much to the amusement of some if they spy my little note ;)) .... and finally, many of the spankings in this house are a result of time management or forgetfulness issues ... Great little topic, my friend! ... one I obviously can relate to :))) .... nj ... PS ... also not a fan of the double handers :(

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    1. NJ,
      I love when Frank's list becomes your list. hahahaha Yes, this meno brain fog of which you warned me about long ago....I have never noticed in you at all, so I guess you have it down how to manage it well.

      Cooking for 50 people? Why on earth? GAH! Ah, your family enjoys your little "notes to self," huh? Too cute! I would tell them they don't get to eat if they make fun of you! Or that they have to do the dishes! And, yes, those double handlers had me all, "Seriously?" Thanks for the conversation and the fun, NJ! Hugs, Windy

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  3. As a teacher I was, of course, a multi-tasker. It's like being the mother of small children - multi-tasking for moms isn't a choice it's a must. As for now I prefer to be a non-tasker. Sitting by the fire and sipping a cup of coffee while those living in my head tell me stories is as active as I want to be.

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    1. Hi, PK! Love your term "non-tasker" and your definition. Laughing!!! Well, your body may not be working when you are writing, but your brain certain is!!! In fact, I would say you are a super tasker at managing the thoughts of all your characters! Hugs, Windy

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  4. Windy,
    Jack would say that my middle name is Ms Multitasking. I can be a whirlwind to reckon with. However, that is when I do get bossy, giving orders and such. Then I find myself over the bed in a hot minute. Sometimes multitasking works well and sometimes it does not. My goal is to walk the fine line between the two. Great post......... Your sources now need to be read by me.
    Meredith

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    1. Meredith,
      Laughing. I completely believe that Jack calls you that! I would not want to be in your way when you were trying to concentrate on one thing let alone three at the same time. I did not realized that you got crabby during this time, but it makes sense to me as I do that often! Glad your Jack knows how to get you right back on track. I thought you'd come back and say that you were a Super Tasker for sure! Your goal seems reasonable to me! Glad you liked this post. I thought you might! HA! Hugs, Windy

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  5. I totally understand at times one has to multi task but sometimes as you say we may do it and then think- "oh my goodness i have been so busy" - and have got hardly nothing completed. I was like that a lot until I stopped watching TV - now i seem to be able to focus on one thing and then move on when it is done. I still have a list though. I also find a lot of daylight helps me focus. Very interesting post

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Mary. I was really touched by the story of yours that I ran across looking for writing prompts: Vincent. It was a sweet and sad story.

      Laughing at your description of multi-tasking.....looking around and realizing we didn't get much accomplished after all. I say stuff like that all the time. "I've been cleaning the house all day. It doesn't look like it!" HA! I hear lists are good things....they only serve to remind me of all the things I did not get done! HA! Glad you enjoyed this post. Thank your for contributing your thoughts on the matter. I appreciate what you have to say. Hugs, Windy

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  6. I am not a natural multi-tasker extraordinaire...but that does not mean I don't try. :-) If only it would get me spanked when I tried and failed...but alas it does not. Sigh... :-) Hugs

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    1. Hi, Terps! I think I'm in the same attempting to mult-task boat as you are and that the level of success is about the same as yours, too! I don't get spanked for not getting things done, but I do when I mouth off, which I do when I am stressed. Oh, shoot, I wish you could get spanked the way you want! Hang in there! Hugs! Windy

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  7. I think multi-tasking is a prerequisite for being a teacher. There is no way you can make it through an hour without juggling 5 things at once. And it's not like you can creep off to a quiet room somewhere to concentrate. You are stuck there until recess at least.

    Am with NJ on the compulsion for lists. I even put a list app on my phone!

    Hugs From Ella

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    1. Hi, Ella! Sounds like a necessity for teaching to me! Teachers are greatly underappreciated for sure.

      Ah, so you are list gal, too! I think I would be getting mad at my phone if I had an irritating list on it. Glad it works for you though! Thanks, Ella! Hugs, Windy

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