is multi-tasking a woman thing?
When I was in second grade we were living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My father was a professor at U of M. The history curriculum that year was centered around the Indians who settled in Michigan. I remember one day we were sitting on the floor and the teacher was talking to us and I was spending that time whispering with my friend. The teacher totally called me on it. She spoke up and said "Joanne, if you can tell me exactly what I said, I will give you all the Girl Scout cookies on my desk." I repeated exactly what she just said much to her chagrin. She paused and said, "well then, let's take a break and share in the cookies together as a class." Of course I thought that was utter bullshit because I had out gamed her and the deal was that I won the cookies. Alas. But when I think back on that, I was multi-tasking. Even then, I knew it was a skill that few had.
A reader of this blog recently send me an article on Multi-tasking is the Next Front-in Struggle between the Sexes. Interesting. Is mult-tasking bad or are just some people born that way? I know a few men that actually multi-task with no problems. I know women who can and others that can't. At the end of the day, I believe that the world that we live in, presents the opportunity to multi-task more than less.
For me, I love that I can do a variety of things at once. It is like I am getting the most out of each minute yet when I totally chill, I want to focus on nothing or one simple thing. For women, in particular, who are and will always be the caretakers, multi-tasking is the key to their existence which is why they are actually great people to invest in. Women want to do the work, expand their minds, be challenged and at the same time be the caretakers. It is seriously hard to fit that all in a days work so the key to success is figuring out how to multi-task.
BTW, that is probably the key to any successful entrepreneur too. I am invested in a brilliant man, like no other I have ever met, and I am not so sure he is multi-tasking but his brain is going so fast at all times that it is impossible not to multi-think, multi-task and multi-solve. ( I have not written about this investment yet).
Certainly as this next generation listens to music, watches TV, does homework, chats on line with their friends and searches Facebook all at the same time, perhaps multi-tasking is actually becoming a learned skill.
For me, I think I just came out that way.