Thursday, May 3, 2007


Tomorrow is my last day at work. I'm excited but sad. I'm sure I'll cry tomorrow (I don't cry in public. Ever.), so I should probably bring in some onions to use as an excuse. Wow, 13 1/2 years over just like that. This is a major life change but it probably came at a good time because I have so much other stuff going on with the kids that I really don't have much time left to stress about starting a new job (possibly an actual career?). I guess it's a blessing in disguise.

As I sit here I am: 1. blogging, 2. coloring my hair, 3. whitening my teeth, 4. doing laundry. At first, I was pretty impressed with myself - I'm doing 4 things at once - I'm multitasking!! Then I realized that's why I (and, at the risk of sounding sexist, women in general?) will never "rule" the world. We keep too much on our plates. I saw a study on TV recently where they gave several people different tasks to do in a given time period (before or after the storm - I don't know. That pre/post K musing that we all have will have to be a subject for another day.). It was in an office-like setting, and they had to answer 3 calls, cook lunch in the microwave, print 2 reports, answer the door, and a few other things I have forgotten. The women were able to do it all much quicker then the men, who oftentimes could not complete all the tasks in the alloted time. Basically, they couldn't do the multitasking to the degree that the women could. So I'm wondering if that is why, in general, men are in charge? They are able to concentrate on their one goal and not be distracted, whereas women have their eye on the prize but cannot push aside other obligations? I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but I'm sure other women can identify. The subject just popped into my head and I can't get rid of it. Any thoughts/opinions? Help me clarify what I'm getting at - this dye is fogging my brain!! (or is it the laundry?)


Auntie M said...

It's the laundry....definitely the laundry!!!!!

Saran Wrap said...

I also saw a report that said even though it seems like multitasking is a good way to boost efficiency, the quality of the work usually suffers. So, fast or good?
I am still impressed with you, Patti. I did a little commercial type thing for church on being stressed and it was pretty funny. I was doing the printing reports, missing meeting deadlines, breaking the printer type stuff.
The young man who did the editing is going to put it on youtube for me. It he does it, I'll send you the link!!

Patti said...

I agree Aunt M - maybe I should quit the laundry!

Aunt S - I would love to see a video of your acting debut!!! Sadly, some employers will always choose fast over good.

H1 said...

I think it's because girls have cooties. hahahaha