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.”


If I could only ready one author, it would be Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts has written more than 200 novels since her first was published in 1981 – and I have read every one of them! The characters are strong and engaging, as are the relationships. What more can you ask for in a story? Roberts writes contemporary fiction, as well as fantasy. I particularly enjoy the spirits that appear in the Gallagers of Ardmore series and Inn Boonsboro.

I have a real weakness for series, and my favorite Nora Roberts series are: Born In trilogy, Bride quartet, Chesapeake Bay saga, Gallaghers of Ardmore trilogy, In the Garden trilogy, Inn Boonsboro trilogy, McGregors series, and to my surprise, the futuristic In Death series written under the pseudonym of J. D. Robb.