Debate goes on
times to concentrate on a single task, such as
writing this important e-mail.
Cathy Vollmer, Granite Bay, California
Reader’s guide to
In response to the January
Debate, “Is multi-tasking an
effective way to work?”
NO. While I believe multi-tasking is not an
effective way to work, sometimes it is the only
way. As a mother, if I don’t multi-task I will end
up with either a lonely child or a messy house
with no food, dishes or clothing. But as a software engineer, I find that multi-tasking makes
everything take much longer.
Melissa Vick, Oviedo, Florida
LOR Y WILLIAMS
Y ES. Think about it: Women perform multi-tasking as part of their daily routines. We are
in the bathroom putting on our makeup,
while noting that the bowl needs cleaning. So
we dump in some cleanser, organize the sink
area and shelves while our curling irons
warm up—all while getting ready for work.
We are born multi-taskers.
Barbara Pinkerton, Apopka, Florida
Odds and ends
Living your dreams
Great article about following your
dreams [“Follow your bliss,” January 2007]. I
tore it out and will send a copy to my daughter, a flight attendant with a B.A. in philosophy and French, who is the Italian speaker on
Continental’s flights to Rome and Milan.
She’s done this for 10 years or more and lately
has been thinking about how she had always
wanted to be a lawyer.
I followed my dream, and quit my job as a
business development consultant to write and
publish Franca’s Story: Survival in World War II
Italy. Now I’m adapting it to a stage play and
writing a book about my years as a welfare
mom. So your article really hit home with me.
Diane Kinman, Mercer Island, Washington
NO. We all try to do this multi-tasking thing. I
think this idea of doing many things at once is
making us crazy, and we’re passing it along to
our children. Slow down! I know it’s almost
impossible, but if you try it out, it’s really nice.
Deanna Daschel, Oregon City, Oregon
Recap of 2006 revisited
I found your recap of Debate Responses
2006 [January issue] very interesting. It’s
ironic that, considering the Democrats won
back both houses, the issues raised for
January, February, March, July and November
are ones that most Democrats would likely
have voted the opposite of how the majority
of your readers voted. And yet, the Democrats
won the election. Hope folks know who they
Nancy Childers, San Diego, California
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Adam@Home by Brian Basset
Y ES. The question is when to multi-task and
when not to. While reading this Debate section, for instance, I ate lunch, popped a bag
of popcorn and I was doing laundry. I can do
a lot in the time it takes to warm water in a
microwave (like empty the dishwasher).
Multi-tasking can be dangerous. There are
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