Dec 05, 2015 by Michelle Denise Sodaro
I read an article once (and I apologize to any of my previous students, I cannot cite my source right now) that said we never truly multi-task and that it is not actually possible for us to do so because our minds cannot focus on more than one thing at a time and that the tasks we think we are doing simultaneously we were just going back and forth on and not really giving anything our full concentration. I disagree with this article, which may be why I never kept it to be able to refer back to it. Right now, I am typing my blog, listening to Pandora, and thinking about the last two chapters of Redeeming Trust. I am not typing the lyrics, nor am I typing about how to finish up Ali's story, but I am listening to the music and am thinking about Ali. I know that sometimes my attention is on too many things at one time and I struggle to complete tasks because I am too distracted and usually I have to do some freewriting or notes in Color Notes to get things settled (and not forgotten) for when I can devote more time and brain power to them. I know sometimes I have to do something not at all related to anything I need to figure out, to let the puzzle pieces together. And more often than not, I am trying to figure out multiple projects at the same time...sometimes even while carrying on a conversation with others. Maybe it is because I am a Gemini that I can do more than one thing at a time, most of the time. Maybe it is undiagnosed ADD since when I was growing up we didn't really have ADD...if you had trouble paying attention, you found a way to make due. Maybe it's because I feel like even if I had 7 lifetimes I could never do everything it is in my mind I want to do, so I have to do more than one thing at a time. I like having more than one project going at a time. It makes writer's block more of a rarity. It keeps my mind busy while I am waiting for answers on things, since patience is something that I am getting better at, but still struggle with from time to time. People ask me how I can keep all my stories separate and my characters straight if I am working on them all at the same time. I think if they seem confusing to me, how am I to believe my readers will think they haven't already read this book??? I just know who goes in which book...and my plots are not interchangeable... I like having more than one thing in my mind at a time. And no offense to that author who wrote that article, but I think multi-tasking is not only possible, but necessary.