Multitasking: Productive or Bad for your brain?
I’m a freelancer.
In different vocations.
I love to be able to do this and this, too.
I don’t do different tasks simultaneously. I do have varying projects on the go at once.
For me, it is far more interesting to use all my skills.
Twice a week, I work as an assistant researcher in the human-computer interaction field. I read copious amounts of scholarly texts, seek out keywords, look for interesting abstracts and summarize then present the “best of” to my team.
On other days, I report about innovation news. I find a trend or topic about which I’d like to write, interview people and write up news reports.
About once a month – sometimes more – I give talks on innovation or failure, and sometimes on both. I also guest teach about journalism.
There are days when I edit text. Other people’s text. I work to polish their prose and help them say whatever it is they want to say.
Sometimes, I can be found working on media research projects. I love the setup – pre-interviews, sourcing information and taking part in team assignments for television or other productions.
And I am back in school. I am pursuing a master’s in human-computer interaction.
So, am I a multitasker? Well, I am not doing all of these things together at the same time. But yes, I do have different projects on the go at once.
I enjoy the variety.
I know many others who embrace different vocations.
I also know many who cannot understand this way of thinking. What’s your take?