Multitasking- When to do it

A new receptionist was given the job of running to the coffee shop, so she took orders and grabbed her thermos. At the café she asked, “How much will this thermos hold?” “About 6 cups” said the clerk. “Good.” She replied, “I need 4 regulars as two decafs.”

The new employee just didn’t understand that certain things don’t mix. But that’s something we must understand to make the best use of our time. Multitasking, or doing two things at once, is generally a good way to make better use of time. Listening to Christian radio while you exercise is a good example of mixing two activities that don’t require full concentration or creativity.

But other activities which require you to focus your thoughts and energy will be compromised by multitasking, because multitasking causes periodic interruptions in both activities as you switch back and forth.

Remembering to multitask when concentration is not required, and single task when focus is needed, will help you redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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