Thursday, 5 February 2009

A Multi-Tasking Rebellion

I can multi-task. I know I can. I do it everyday without even thinking about it. The fact is I don't want to multi-task - why would anybody want to, unless it's absolutely necessary? Which is indeed, the reason for my adherence to this social construct disguised as a talent. I have to - plain and simple - being at home with a 4-month-old baby boy - I just have to. An unavoidable evil, shall we say?

It's a strange concept really, when did it become such a celebrated gift to be able to do more than one thing at once? I can't see the appeal myself. Unless, of-course the tasks in question are for example, drinking a jack and coke whilst eating veggie sushi and debating the moral and social issues bought to light in 'The Sopranos' - now that I can see the appeal of. Somehow though, I don't think members of the 'Women are good at multi-tasking' brigade are talking that kind of multi-tasking.

To positively embrace this (some would argue) God-given talent as something the whole female race is good at seems ludicrous to me. Ok, I admit, as a Post-Modern Feminist, anything that clumps a whole load of individuals together and sticks a big, fat, identical label on them is going to make me recoil and react with some kind of allergic reaction.... but, surely anyone can see that this is merely making more work for our sisters and at the same time, making the women who aren't good at multi-tasking feel as though they are, wait for it... failed associates of the 'Successful Woman' society. And what about the men that are good at multi-tasking? Because there's no denying it... just as not all women are good at it, not all men are bad at it - it's a fact. Just like not all women drivers are likely to claim on the insurance every time they park the car - it's true!

So I say, to hell with multi-tasking. Do one thing at a time, unless
a) It's a matter of life or death,
b) It revolves around or involves something enjoyable, or
c) It means getting the job/s done quicker and this in turn means more time for previously mentioned enjoyable activities.

Now, back to The Sopranos....

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