Goal Reached – Went from 19,988 to 20,002

sparkling wine bottle and flute

sparkling wine bottle and flute (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

I am breaking out the sparkly!

Published in: on November 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm  Comments (69)  
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82 Hits to reach 20,000

Smash Hits Television

Smash Hits Television (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You have come through for me before. I am only 82 hits or likes or comments away from 20,000 hits. I do not quite understand this whole thing–is a hit when someone decides to read you but not leave a trace? I really don’t care–all I need is for you to give me 82 whatevers to reach 20,000 today. Then I will sleep happily tonight knowing……Knowing what? I don’t know–that you, my blog friends came through for me again.

I really am lame. But in my lameness, I am adorable. (Wait, aren’t other people supposed to say this about me? I have never been called adorable before…..)

And the hits just keep on coming………(I hope)

Published in: on November 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm  Comments (75)  
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Very Interesting ~ But Stupid

“Multi-tasking: screwing everything up simultaneously.” – Anonymous

Buttons!

Buttons! (Photo credit: s.red)

Read something recently that explains everything. Especially for those of us who brag that we are “multi-taskers”. From the cofounders of Button Up, “a company dedicated to helping stressed women get organized” come these words of surprising “time management truths”: multi-tasking “impairs intelligence and hurts efficiency.”

The “Button Up” girls,  Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore wrote an article called the “Nine never changing laws of managing your time”. Number five dealt with multitasking. They said that researchers at the University of Michigan “have shown that multi-taskers actually take longer to finish work than those who did each task sequentially.”

What really piqued my interest though was their provocative statement that “top-tier institutions like UCLA have shown that switching between tasks impairs our ability to learn and even impairs our IQ more than smoking marijuana.”

Admittedly, some things by their very nature fall into the category of  multi-tasking. Take cooking–it is multi-tasking at its most elevated level. Seriously–when you are fixing Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings—if you follow the theory of the “Button Up” girls, and do everything sequentially, then you would have dinner ready by Christmas.

Modern technology also lends itself very neatly to multitasking. We can do laundry, run a load of dishes through, talk on the phone, all while making scrambled eggs. The only danger here is that you will run out of hot water, or start stirring the eggs with the phone, which could get a bit messy.

Apparently a study was done with high multi-taskers and low multi-taskers, and the former underperformed, had trouble filtering out distractions and in the end had a poorer memory.

As the holidays approach, we are getting into the ultimate multi-tasking time of year. Unless Santa’s elves come to our rescue, most of us are going to underperform, be distracted, and not remember things. But what is the alternative? Unfilled stockings? A one course Christmas dinner? No presents wrapped? So many times we are given a problem, and the solution may not be the best, but it is the only one. I don’t know about you, but I will not be giving up multi-tasking anytime soon.

So are you a high multi-tasker or low multi-tasker? Can you get everything done for the holidays without multi-tasking?