Thursday, September 3, 2009

The ability to multi-task

Why is it that women are better than men at multi-tasking? It it because they have to get so many more things done in a day?

Men always seem so focused on getting one task done, and often doing it very well. Of course, they think they can multi-task as you try to have a conversation and they want to watch the end of a baseball game. "I'm listening," they say with both eyes still glued to the television. But they really don't hear a word you say.

No, men are definitely worse at doing multiple things at the same time.

I was thinking about this tonight as I prepared dinner for tomorrow, made some tea and (two different) snacks for me and Albie and loaded the dishwasher - all in less than half an hour.

You just have to start with what takes the longest, like putting the pasta on the stove, and then If you are in the kitchen anyway, you might as well finish all those other things, right?

Perhaps this is also why, when women do something, men don't seem to think it is a big deal. It's just stuff that happen automatically to them.

Of course, if you clean the fridge and make dinner and produce fresh cookies and boil the eggs for breakfast while also cleaning the stove, it can't be that hard, right? Until they try to do it. Then it becomes the biggest and most difficult project in the world.

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