Earlier this week I was attempting to walk, talk, get someone's attention, pick up a piece of paper from my desk and move my coffee cup off the aforementioned piece of paper. All at the same time.
Now, I know that multi-tasking is not an efficient way of working. I've talked about it in my book and it recently featured in an article I wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald about how to 'Stick To The Important Stuff' which featured the advice "avoid multi-tasking".
But the day-to-day temptation to try and do everything at the same time is strong. And little did I know that the lid on the coffee cup was not quite secure. The result is as you can see below.
Two rolls of paper towel and 15 minutes later order was finally restored.
I completely forgot what I was trying to do or say.
And worst of all?
No coffee for Karen. Boo Hoo.
There's a lot of research and a lot being written about multi-tasking that support that the two or five things we try and do at once are not such a good idea. Here's a selection I found that you might be interested in:
Multi-taskers bad at multi-tasking
Is multi-tasking bad for your health?
Is multi-tasking a myth?
Whatever the research or discussion, the lingering smell of coffee, that I'm not quite sure how to get out of my keyboard, reminds me that doing one thing at a time might be a better idea!
Next time I'm heading to the coffee shop!