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To Multi-task or not

2017 January 9
by elizabeth_admin

Don’t get too excited!  I know, I know.  I’m writing another post within one month of the last one.  It’s a Festivus Miracle in these parts.  But I’ve been thinking…  Now that I have two teenagers in the house in addition to the little boy (who’s no longer so little), I have noticed the curious habit of teenagers of listening to music and/or watching tv while doing other things, like homework or hobbies.  Now I know that this kind of multi-tasking is common place and has been for decades if not millennia, but I have never been able to do it.  Never.  Really!  Not even when I was a teenager.  If I was reading a book, or studying, or anything that required my brain, I had to have uninterrupted silence and give my complete attention to the task.  I couldn’t even talk to anyone.  To this day, I still can’t multi-task.  Now before you go all sarcastic on me… Yes, I can listen to music while cooking or cleaning.  Anyone can do that.  I just can’t listen to music or watch tv while working on a new sewing pattern, or knitting a complicated sock pattern, or while painting.  When I teach sewing, I have a strict no humming or singing policy in class.  I can’t think if someone is humming or singing.  I can’t think at all.  Sometimes if I’m working on something I’ve made many times, I can listen to an audio book or have a tv show I’ve watched many times on in the background.  Although if I get to a tricky part, I will have to pause whatever I’m listening to or watching while I get through that section.

So, I am curious to know if any other sewers out there have this same problem.  Or if I’m just a mutant.


In other creative news, I finished a pussy hat, one sock, and am one-third through the second sock of the pair since the new year has come.  So, I’m off to a great start with my new year’s resolution of staying off social media and creating more.  I hope I stay strong and this trend continues for the rest of the year!

Who knows?  Maybe I will even return to full-time blogging?  But let’s not get too crazy yet.

Don’t forget to let me know if you share my abhorrence of multi-tasking or if I’m just a mutant.  😉

13 Responses leave one →
  1. Carol Mendoza permalink
    January 9, 2017

    I’m not going to say you are a mutant, but I have to have noise in the background while I’m sewing. Either TV or my music….something in the background. Most times I don’t realize it’s on until something catches my attention.

  2. Victoria permalink
    January 9, 2017

    I have always had to have quiet to concentrate. If you are a mutant so am I. I even have to turn the radio off in the car if I get into a bad traffic situation.

  3. January 9, 2017

    Yeah I need music, tv something. Total silence makes me nuts cause I just can’t keep a clear train of thought. But you know to each his own. Glad to see you here 2x this month!

  4. Yvonne permalink
    January 9, 2017

    I’m the same. I prefer total silence when I am working on something complicated. I like background music for simple tasks, but nothing more. As another commenter, if I am in traffic or searching for an address in an unfamiliar area, I turn off the radio/music as well.

  5. January 10, 2017

    I wondered if I was the only one in blogland who needs complete silence. I make mistakes if I listen to A podcast. I have attention issues so it takes all my reserves to get in ‘the sewing zone.’ I read about people who can watch their favorite show while sewing and wonder how they manage. Great looking sick, btw!

  6. January 10, 2017

    If you are a mutant, I am one too! If I am doing anything that requires focus, I can’t have music with lyrics, or talking or any media going on. I do listen to podcasts when doing chores, but washing dishes and folding laundry are not things that require my clear attention, as after decades of practice I can probably do them in my sleep, though it is a good thing I don’t!

    I have several friends who are the exact opposite, and who MUST have music or talk radio on in order to let their brains focus.

  7. Annie permalink
    January 10, 2017

    I don’t hate multi-tasking. In fact, I am quite envious of the ability. My consciousness is so permeated with music that I cannot read while it is on. That’s because the music dominates and I start singing along or humming the music to the detriment of reading. And I do love to read.

    But I can have music or tv on in the background on when I am doing something else. In fact the news is on right now and I could not tell you what is being said. So I can shut out some background stuff. Just not music!

  8. January 10, 2017

    I’m similar to you. How other people watch tv while knitting, let alone sewing, is beyond me. I sometimes have music on but often wake up and realise that the same album is on its third play through and I hadn’t noticed the repeat.

    Glad you’re posting again!

  9. KathieB permalink
    January 10, 2017

    I, too, need quiet when doing complex tasks. I can listen to audio books or music while driving, or gardening, or painting… Where decisions or figuring are not involved…but they are ignored or silenced when I need to focus on the task at hand.

    So nice to see you back. I hope your year goes well.

  10. Diane permalink
    January 10, 2017

    I usually have the tv on when I’m sewing but its never a tv show or movie that requires too much of my attention. A silly sitcom rerun like 2 and a half men or the big bang theory I can do cause if I miss something, so what?

  11. January 10, 2017

    I’m sort of weird because I think it depends. If I’m at a tricky step I can have music without words, but not music with words. I listen to podcasts while I cut fabric, but not while I’m sewing because the noise interrupts the podcast thought. So, I guess I’m team sounds, but I have really specific requirements for the noise.

  12. January 12, 2017

    Team Mutant here too;)
    If I try to read while someone is talking it actually gives me a headache…

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