I can’t multitask the way I used to. I used to be able to carry on simultaneous conversations with someone on a cell on one ear and a land line on the other, while handing charts to rounding doctors on each side of me, flipping pages and pointing out important points along the way. Meanwhile listening for overhead pages for myself or either of the docs I was rounding with, fielding questions from staff nurses, and marking my patient list with color-coded pens as patients were seen. These days I can’t even have the radio on while i drive, so multitasking on a social call is about all I’m up to.
1.) Put away laundry. This is a chore I hate, and if I do it while I’m on the phone it’s not nearly as miserable.
2.) Clean computer keyboard with Q-tips. This is what I did last night while I was on hold forever with my mail-order pharmacy.
4.) Water plants.
5.) Brush dogs (if they’re willing).
6.) Scan Google Reader, starring things I want to come back to read.
7.) Home mani/pedi.
8.) Clean out purse.
9.) Sort emails (only if I’m on hold).
10.) Pick up dirty dishes and eviscerated stuffed animals from around the house. There are always plenty of both.
I do end up spending quite a bit of time on the phone and my neck gets stiff. Does anyone use a headset for their home phone? If so, what type and how do you like it? What else can I get accomplished while I’m on the phone?