Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about multitasking.Do you – or are you even able – to do other things while you read? Do you knit, hold a conversation, keep an eye on the TV? Anything?PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post at Just One More Page, or share your opinion in a comment there (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!
This is a difficult topic for me because it depends on the situation and what I am reading.
I generally prefer it to be quiet and distraction-free when I read. Depending on how absorbing the book is, I may read without breaks or put the book down frequently to do other things (like laundry or blogging).
If there is something I want to watch on television, I will have the TV on and a book in my hands. I can read during slow moments or commercials. The baseball season is coming. I often read while watching baseball games. I haven't figured out how to do any handicrafts while reading because my hands are already busy with my book.
I am not a good multitasker. If I am reading something that requires concentration, like books I read for work, I can't have any sounds or people around me. I don't understand how my students can study while listening to their iPods. The music would destroy my concentration. Nor do I understand how people can read when surrounded by a busy environment like a coffee shop or a Mall. I spend too much time people watching to really get into my book. (Either that or I'm paranoid and don't want to let anyone sneak up on me.)
Can you multitask?