Multi-tasking and My Life in Puzzles

11 Nov

A really wise person told me once that if you want a task to get done, give it to the busiest person in the room. There is more than a grain of truth in that and maybe busy people get more things done because they have to multi-task well. I am a firm believer in multi-tasking and think that it, much like stress, has gotten a bad rap.

When you change the lens and look at multi-tasking as a fact of life, one thing pops to the surface. All this talk about multi-tasking being bad for performance is task oriented, not brain oriented! Our brains crave activity and are continually problem solving. All of the processes that are chugging away every moment of every day rarely happen in isolation.

Even when we are sleeping our brains are working on multiple levels — healthy brains just don’t turn off.

So, in the name of multi-tasking, here are some puzzles from the first week of my recent trip to Peru. And yes, I used a whole lot of words to justify using very few when describing the photos in the puzzles :)!

Find the 3 differences in the following picture sets. The first one was taken in Lima where it is all about the hats, the materials, and the bright colors!


In the next set there are again 3 differences. The photo was taken in a school house in a little village less than 2 miles from the headwaters of the Amazon River. Powerful, powerful place.


The last set of photos was taken while on a tiny boat on the river. This was the largest port in the area, just down the river from the Iquitos airport. Find the 3 changes in the second photo.





There is so much left to study about multi-taksing but the bottom line just might be that singular focus and attention to one task at a time could be over-rated and not a very effective way to function in today’s information heavy world.   Maybe the best way to process information is on multiple channels in the context of everyday life.

How do you feel about multi-tasking?

4 Responses to “Multi-tasking and My Life in Puzzles”

  1. Lois Alter Mark November 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    I hope you’re right about multi-tasking because I seem to always be doing it! I do think there’s something to be said about just focusing on one thing – but I wouldn’t know personally!

  2. CAROL CASSARA November 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    In my younger days I was much better at it than I am now, but I’m still no slouch. Still, I’ve noticed a decline–but thankfully, I don’t need to do much of it these days. Nope!

  3. Kimberly Montgomery November 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    I wonder if multi-taskers are just get it done people by nature. I always seem to have 4 or 5 things going at one time. I have no idea how to do less!

  4. Sheryl November 11, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    I multitask all the time…but I must say that it doesn’t come without its drawbacks (at least for me). I know that when I pay attention to one thing at a time I am much more efficient. But there are always countless things to attend to, so I’m afraid multitasking is a reality.