Some time ago, I read an article that said multi-tasking is inefficient. We often need to do it, but we would be much more productive if we focused on one thing at a time. Generally I agree, especially in a work environment.
However, I have discovered that when it comes to my hobbies and my free time, I can triple-task with a high level of productivity. I do that by listening to an audiobook while stitching on a quilt or sewing project and watching HGTV, which I have set to mute. It works really well.
I love to sew, but it is a quiet activity. So I used to watch television at the same time. But frequently the “sound track” on the television show is not essential, or not mentally engaging. So now I listen to an audiobook. It engages my mind, but is not sufficient by itself. I still need to periodically focus my eyes on something else. So, I watch TV (on mute) while listening to a book and stitching on my project.
Because I have been able to choose audiobooks with interesting characters and witty dialog, I want to keep listening – and sewing – longer that I otherwise would. Consequently, I pieced a Quilt of Valor top in a single long day before Christmas, and yesterday finished hand-piecing another top with lots of small patches.
I really think I’m on to something here. Thankfully we have an excellent public library with a good collection of audiobooks. I am working my way through the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips right now. A favorite dialog from one of her novels:
She: “I have issues.”
He: “So does Time Magazine.”