So we women are meant to be bandits at the multi-tasking.
Apparently we are regular MacGyver’s with the ability to whip up a croquembouche whilst extracting a Lego man’s head from an air-conditioning vent and simultaneously painting the door jams.
I’d like to think I’m fairly adept at this. I mean I’m extremely good at hearing my husband even when listening to the news. “Hmm, what’s that? Yep, I’ll pay your rego that was due last week, sure, but oh look, look it’s a panda riding a rocking horse!” Why, just yesterday, I found myself unloading washing into a basket at the same I was sitting on the toilet. Now that takes skill people.
But then I got to wondering. In this day and age where we are time poor yet busier than ever, do you think it’s the man or the woman who should be considered the better multi-tasker?
In fact, is this really even a gender thing? I mean I’ve watched my husband mow the lawn, take a phone call and scratch is nuts all at the same time. I’ve seen him shoot his mate a text while eating his lunch and again, scratch his balls. In fact, come to think of it, pretty much anything he does has the signature nut scratch.
I myself start lots of lists. People to Call. Bills to Pay. Appointments to arrange. Stuff to look up on Google. Blog Ideas. Ways to make Phil Suffer. Kidding.
Mostly. But I rarely, if ever, make it to the end of those lists.
And add to that, even though I start a lot of tasks at any one time, I wouldn’t say I successfully finish any of them. I get stuck into folding the washing while having a chat to my friend on the phone, but abandon that midway through when the conversation ends. I will check my emails while listening to the 9yo read out his spelling words to me, but to be honest, I’m not 100% sure he spelled the word cuckoo correctly. I can cook dinner, make lunches and clean out half a cupboard but more often than not forget the rice I originally started cooking on the gas hob. Who burns rice? Me, that’s who.
So even though before I started writing this I thought I was an ace multitasker, now I’m not so sure. Maybe guys have the right idea. Do one thing, do it right and finish it. And maybe, just maybe I need to take time out to scratch my metaphorical nuts.
What’s your experience? Are you a great multi-tasker or steady as she goes kinda person?