Extreme Multi-Tasking

Today, while I was riding my bike with the weekday morning group on the workout, I saw a guy walking his dog on the sidewalk. I did a double-take. I wanted to stop and shake him.

You see, he was walking his dog.

And he was listening to his headset, which was one of those gigantic earphone set-ups that makes you think of helicopter pilots, that completely covers the ears.

And he was reading a book.

All at the same time.

Hello?!? The “walk” was kind of an ambling shuffle; he’d have been passed by geriatrics with one leg, so the dog was getting absolutely no exercise. I’m sure he was listening to music (I could be wrong, as I couldn’t have imagined this set up to begin with), but that would have to be background in order to focus on the very thick book he was toting around, actively reading. Or maybe he was listening actively and the book was background.

Good grief, who knows? Why bother doing three things at once if every single thing is going to be half-assed?

Is the time saved worth it?

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at www.leahruns100.com, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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