The trick is in knowing what tasks can be done at the same time. Letting the washing machine run while the pasta is boiling while you're waiting for hair to dry while you're writing are just a matter of quickly checking on whatever you've got going. (Voila - at some point the laundry's done, dinner's cooked, your hair is ready for the curling iron, and you've written an article. )
I am a multi-tasking machine! If cigarettes were waterproof, I'd smoke and surf at the same time.
On the ADD note, males suffer more from such disorders and learning disabilities by more than 50% over females. Because of this, I would say that the ability for females to learn and multi-task are considerably higher than males. Some MITers have discovered a gene more prevalent in females over males, thus providing some support to this multi-tasking theory; which may also lead to the premise of higher ADD stats in males over females.
Heavens no! Honestly, I don't know what it means. We're just talkin' about what is and what isn't, not the implications of such. Actually I just wrote an article on it, on another site. I would put it on here, but I'm afraid the hub police would get me.
I feel women do it more, simply because when you have kids, more often than not, the mom has to juggle many things. All the father has to do is go to work, come home, plop on the couch, and grab the remote, then yell, hey hon, bring me a beer
Seriously, I can and do multi-task both at work and at home. I hate it at work because my belief is, as another poster said, bits of things are getting done. I would much rather work on one, possibly two projects at a time. When you have to handle more than that, the quality suffers. Add to the multi-tasks constant interruptions to drop what you're doing to handle yet another issue, well, it makes for a very stressful work day. When I was in a production environment, all they cared about were the numbers, however, they also wanted 100% accuracy. Well, guess what? It's impossible to have both. If someone out there says it is possible, then I guess they walk on water too.
"I feel women do it more, simply because when you have kids, more often than not, the mom has to juggle many things. All the father has to do is go to work, come home,"
This is exactly right, according to the research: Women have been doing this since early times. Pioneer women are marvelous examples of multi-taskers. They cooked, cleaned, did the laundry, chopped the wood, took care of the kids, the house and the family; made their clothes, etc. etc. And the guys went hunting.
I can multi-task if need be. I ocassionally am writing a Hub, checking Mom is not lighting my deck on fire when she takes in a cig, cook dinner, and talk on the Bluetooth..... and that's when I noticed my one little dog lifting a leg on the trash can because I failed to hear his signal to go out.....
My husband has never actually voiced that its impossible to look after children and keep a house at the same time, but when I leave him and the kids, I come back to some pretty big messes. The thing is, I let it go, because he is a really good dad, and when he's there, he's there. I, on the other hand, do it all, but for some reason, I'm good at it. I don't really know why I am, I just am. Must be a mom thing. or girl thing. Who knows?
When my kids were little, if I left them with their father for a half hour while I ran to the store, he would essentially situate himself on the couch and truly "watch" them (not supervise, not intervene, not anything - just watch). Apparently, he wasn't a multi-tasking father either.
I usually have five or six different windows open on my laptop, and have three or four writing projects on the go at once, so I can go from one to the other. At the moment I am IM-ing writing this, reading new hubs, writing two, and watching Hulu.com.
The only way for me to start, maintain and complete projects and run a home is to multitask. It's not unusual for me. I think that I'd be at a lost as to what to do if I didn't have at least 12 balls up in the air at the same time!!