Music, Multitasking and Me

I’m a strange guy when it comes to multitasking. Some tasks, such as web page development (writing PHP and HTML) are kind of mindless tasks for me so I can work with a lot of things going on at the same time, while others require my full, focused attention. I’m really kind of a schizophrenic web designer. Sometimes, I’ll be checking email, scanning twitter, posting on Facebook, eating dinner, uploading images to a server, text-messaging my wife AND watching a YouTube video of a presentation from some tech conference all at the same time. And I can fly through my work with ease. Yet when it comes time for me to actually respond to an email or write some copy for a web page, I morph into Mr. Serious. The music is paused, the videos are turned off, and I’ll concentrate only on what I’m writing. Usually, I’ll read aloud the words as I type them. Then as soon as the intense-focus task has been completed, I press the play button again on my internet radio, and I’m back into the loud, chaotic, frenzied groove¬† I call work. It would probably sounds hysterical for anyone sitting outside my office door… with all my loud music that comes to a stop at random intervals, occasional outbursts of talking to myself for a minute or two, then right back to the...

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