Clues That You Might Not Be Multitasking as Well as You Think

Are you having trouble keeping all the balls in the air? Tell us how you know! — Blame it on the weather, the economy, your cold, your spouse, lack of sleep — Whatever the reason, some days just don’t go as well as you’d like. Today, for instance.

Here are clues that you may need to stop multitasking, or maybe just take a nap.

  1. You’re finishing lunch when you realize that there’s peanut butter all over your iPhone.
  2. You just finished a call with your boss / client / repairman with, “Love you, bye.”
  3. On your way to get more coffee, you realize you left a trail of Post-It notes on the floor behind you last time you refilled. Which leads you to realize that there were Post-It notes stuck to you in several places. Oops.
  4. You clear your morning for a meeting you realize only later is happening next Monday.
  5. You spend 10 minutes talking about a project with a co-worker before you realize you’re actually talking about two different projects.
  6. You spend 15 minutes racing back in from the car several times for things you forgot on your way to run an errand that takes less than 10 minutes.
  7. It takes you about 10 minutes to realize that the dog looks funny because he chewed up a black ink pen.
  8. It takes you about 10 minutes after that to realize that your reading pillow looks funny because the dog chewed that up, too.
  9. You repeatedly open a new e-mail and then freeze because you forgot who you were writing to and about what.

Fill in No. 10 for me, peeps. What clues you in to the fact that you’re just out of it? Leave a comment with your suggestion, and a funny story about it if you feel so inclined!

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16 comments… add one
  • P.S. Jones Jan 31, 2011

    For me, it’s when I have written far more tweets than actual words into a project.

  • Samar Feb 1, 2011

    For me, it’s when I start brain storming all over again forgetting that there’s a document with all the details planned out already.

  • Sally Feb 1, 2011

    When you get to work and realize you still have your slippers on.

  • When you’re having a shower and accidentally use your body wash as shampoo. I really hope I’m not the only one who has done this, LOL, *snorts.

    • Krissy, you’re not alone! I have done this a few times! This was a great post! I laughed a lot and was happy to see I’m not the only one who has days like these!

  • Lori Feb 2, 2011

    You work for days writing the most killer article, only to realize that wasn’t the one you were supposed to write and not for the magazine you think you’re writing it for (okay, I did it once – just once!).

  • Digital Recorders Feb 2, 2011

    I was actually laughing out loud reading some of these. #2 I have done and more than once — or when you call some stranger, “honey”!

  • Darlene Schumacher Feb 9, 2011

    Yesterday I wore the perfect pair of shoes for walking out onto a wet field during a firedrill…which happens to be scheduled for NEXT Tuesday! I enjoyed reading your post and the comments.

  • Great article. Waiting for more.

  • Dave Mar 27, 2011

    when you go out for lunch and you realize that you left your wallet in the office.

    • Kristen King Apr 3, 2011

      I totally did this last week.

  • Dave Crenshaw May 22, 2011

    Clue: When you go out for lunch and you realize you left your wallet in the office!

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  • Customized Fat Loss Jul 13, 2011

    I love this! I’m a victim of number 2 and number 9. Number 10? When you realize you’re talking to your wireless mouse instead of your cellphone.

  • Bodybuilding Diets Jul 20, 2011

    For me, the 10th should be forgetting that you’re still in the shower and rushing out to answer a phone call! Haha! I love your list! Did these things happen to you? :)

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