Multi-tasking, a bad habit for some - Jaya Franklin

Everyone has a bad habit.

It may be biting your nails, being impatient or not keeping your word.

My bad habit is multi-tasking. I know it may not seem like a bad habit, but for some it is.

Some people just don't like it. They would like your undivided attention at all times. Usually, I hardly give people eye-to-eye contact, because I'm too busy thinking of my next move, or what I want to eat for dinner, or what I'm going to do when the person who's talking to me is done talking my ear off.

But the thing is, I'm still listening to what is being said, and sometimes, I can even recite it back to them.

For some odd reason, I get bored just doing one thing at a time. If I try to do one thing, like talk on the phone, I can't help but think of all the time that I'm wasting that could be contributed to completing some other task.

Some people hate my way of doing things, because I'm always going, like the Energizer bunny. Just recently, I realized where I got it from -- my mother.

One day, she told me, if she isn't doing more than one thing at a time, she gets bored as well, and has to find something to keep her busy.

I feel the same way. When some people see the way I operate, it blows them away.

I don't know why, I think multi-tasking should be the way of the world, and people who don't do more than one thing at a time, are just slow. Now, of course, there is a time and place and a way to do so.

Obviously, I don't paint my toes while driving. But I do listen to music while driving and think about what I'm going to do when I reach my destination.

My personality is the exact opposite of a procrastinator.

Procrastinators drive me crazy. They are full of excuses and they hardly ever get anything accomplished.

The major thing that bothers me about people who procrastinate is the fact that they are never doing anything worthwhile. They will say, "Oh, I'll do it in a minute," or "I'll do it later," and my question is: What on earth are you doing now? Why wait?

I would much rather get things done while I have the time, than rush and try to do it later. But for some reason, it seems like procrastinators live their lives around doing things at the last minute, and they never learn their lesson.

I definitely think multi-tasking is the best option for those who can handle it.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.