Lots of folks, myself included, have written pieces about the downsides of multitasking. In general, trying to do two semi-related activities at once is just inefficient. When I check my email while writing an article, I get distracted, wind up surfing the web, and then struggle to regain my train of thought.
But even though there are plenty of instances when it is bad to do two things at once — texting and driving, say — there are other occasions when this isn’t a problem. Many of us listen to the radio while driving. We go out to dinner with friends, family, or business associates, and conduct these conversations while eating. We watch television while running on the treadmill.
In that spirit, I’m trying to make a list of ways you can multitask without guilt. When is multitasking a smart arrow in the productive person’s quiver? What activities do you combine?
In other news: I’m over at Fast Company, writing about What you need to know to create an accountability group that works. You can also read my interview with Crystal Paine (of MoneySavingMom) in How to combat a ridiculous work schedule and stop feeling so overwhelmed.
I’m also still looking for people to participate in the Mosaic project! The time logs are coming in steadily, and I’m learning a lot and starting to see patterns. There’s more about the project (looking at how professional women with kids spend their time) here.