I'm not very good at multi-tasking. But I mean that in a big-picture sense, not a small sense. I'm actually quite good at carrying on a conversation while typing something on the computer or playing a video game or playing cards or what have you. I can do many things on a computer at once. And I enjoy having a few projects going at once, even if I deal with them in a not entirely sane manner.
I should probably explain that. So, this weekend I have a number of potential things I was supposed to do which include:
- Finding 40 interesting groups
- Writing a humor column
- Finishing creating a Magic Card set
- Writing a number of song lyrics to work on with a friend
- Updating this very webpage
Given this type of weekend, most people would be sure to leave themselves as much time as possible. I, after playing board games at a friend's house for a few hours, asked him if I could borrow a video game because I wanted some zestier down-time this weekend. He (rightly) expressed his incredulity and suggested that a wise course of action would be to finish my urgent committments first and then borrow a video game which is so addictive that both friends which I gamed with that night spent a good two minutes sarcastically saying things like, "Yeah, I can always play for just a half hour." and "It helps me go to bed because I know I just need to find one item."
Anyway, in spite of the fact that my friends are wonderful, funny, and frequently correct, I borrrowed the game. Because I know when it comes to small discrete tasks, I can get them done. Tonight I wrote the humor column, updated the webpage (or will have if you're reading this), and will hopefully finish out the final touches on the Magic card set (which will appease my two aforementioned friends more than the previous reference to them, as they've done all the hard programming work for it). The songwriting friend isn't coming, and moving will depend entirely on whether I can acquire a truck. 40 groups? Well, so I have a task left. That's not bad.
However, when it comes to multi-tasking in the much larger sense, I am completely incapable of doing more than one thing at once. Improve physical health? Improve fiscal situation? Create/maintain social life? For some reason, addressing more than one of these at once seems a Herculean task beyond my capability. But at least I can take comfort in the fact that I'm good at the little things. And I'm going to go update that Magic set, but I just need a little break first. I'm sure I'll only play for a half-hour...