g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Mental Health
Blogs / Social Networking
Kidney Disease
Today in History

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Life Coaching Site

BellaOnline's Life Coaching Editor


Do Two Things at Once

Does your workday look like this sometimes? You check your email and there are about three or four important emails in your inbox. However, you canít get to them at the moment because youíre putting the finishing touches on a report thatís due that afternoon. The phone rings. You need to answer it as the caller, who is nearly impossible to track down, has information you need for another project thatís due the next day. Just as you reach for the phone, your boss appears at your desk wanting to meet with you ASAP.

Iíve read articles about how multi-tasking is not good for productivity, however, I really donít see a way around it. This is a multi-faceted world we live in. So at work and at home, Iíve learned how to do at least two things at once.

This morning while I was doing low impact step aerobics on my Wii Fit, I came up with an opening to a novel I started awhile ago. I had the basic plot figured out, I just didnít know how to ďenterĒ the story. As the endorphins flowed, I imagined the opening scene. An hour later when I was on the train headed to work I pulled out my journal to jot down my thoughts about some upcoming events/projects.

I write while I exercise, I plan while I commute. I check emails while I watch TV. I wash dishes while I cook. When Iím on my break with my day job, I write a paragraph for a novel or essay. I fold clothes while I watch The Wendy Williams Show. If it is at all possible, I always, always, always do at least two things at once.

Don Aslett in Done: How to Accomplish Twice as Much in Half the Timeóat Home and at the Office writes ďWhen it comes to simply tasks, you can do two or ten or a hundred at the same timeÖJust because one thing is going on doesnít mean that everything else has to stop.Ē

Similarly, Pamela Allardice in Make Time: The survival guide for women with too much to do also advises readers to do more than one thing at a time. ďThe secret to feeling better organized around the home is to do other small tasks while waiting for big things to finish, like cooking or washing,Ē writes Allardice.

There are so many things you can do at the same time at work and at home. Below are just a few ideas.

  • Solve a problem in your head while youíre taking a walk with beautiful scenery.

  • Proofread a document while youíre on hold.

  • Iron your clothes for the week while watching your favorite TV show.

  • Talk to your children/spouse/best friend while you wash the dishes.

  • If itís permissible, listen to a book on tape or talk radio while at your desk.

Add Do+Two+Things+at+Once to Twitter Add Do+Two+Things+at+Once to Facebook Add Do+Two+Things+at+Once to MySpace Add Do+Two+Things+at+Once to Del.icio.us Digg Do+Two+Things+at+Once Add Do+Two+Things+at+Once to Yahoo My Web Add Do+Two+Things+at+Once to Google Bookmarks Add Do+Two+Things+at+Once to Stumbleupon Add Do+Two+Things+at+Once to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Life Coaching Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Leah Mullen. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Leah Mullen. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Leah Mullen for details.


g features
Health Benefits of Peppermint

Boost Your Brain Power by Having Fun!

Brain Power and the Senses

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor