Is it really worth it to multi-task-read?
We’ve discussed before about reading multiple books at one time, which… I’m attempting now that I’ve been informed of some tricks, but… I’m still kind of struggle-bussin’. :p Audiobooks help to compartmentalize because it’s a different voice than when I read (obviously.) But I still kind of like focusing one book at once.
Speaking of focusing, what about reading/listening to a book while doing other things?
I think we can all agree that there just are not enough hours in the day, especially if you work a full-time job and have a family to take care of. That means you either have to pick and choose what you want to do, (or have to do in most cases because you can’t really give up showering in my society) or you have to learn to do multiple things at once. Which some people frown upon or dislike because it can lead to sloppy results due to lack of attention on one individual task.
Still, since there are so few hours in the day and multi-tasking is such a big thing, it seems logical to try and multi-task-read. I know a few people who do it. They’ll listen to audiobooks while doing chores or driving. Or they’ll just have a book plastered to their face while walking to and from wherever they’re going. But…
Is this really a good idea?
I like the idea of multi-task-reading. Don’t get me wrong! I, too, have very few hours in the day what with work (soon to be grad school again), blogging, youtubing, peopleing, walking my dog, etc, etc. So, I don’t always have the time to read the books I need to be reading (especially when I have a review deadline), and being able to read while doing some of these things would be helpful for me. But… I’m not sure it’ll work.
Let me explain: I’ve tried listening to audiobooks while doing laundry, while driving, even at work [yes, it’s allowed. 😉 ], but I always end up missing chunks of text. A crazy driver requires my attention. Something troublesome arrives in my workflow. I can’t find the matching pair to my sock. When this happens, my brain deviates from the book I’m listening to and by the time I remember I have something playing, I don’t even know what I’ve missed.
Was it important? Was it filler? Will I still know what’s going on?
Then, I’m faced with: Well, do I rewind? How much did I actually miss?
I know some people just keep going. They know they missed a piece, but aren’t worried about it. (Those people, in my experience, aren’t reviewers.) As a reviewer, I don’t want to review a book that I only actually digested half of. (reasons why I don’t DNF either.) Or, it’s a book that I’m actually enjoying and I want to make sure I know every detail of what’s going on.
So, I rewind… and then it happens again. And again. And again. Because life is full of interruptions, big and small. Even now, as I’m writing this I’m being interrupted by small snippets of life that force me to put this post on pause until I can return. It’s because of all of this that I wonder whether it’s more hassle or stress than it’s worth to try and multi-task-read.
But what do you think?
Do you multi-task-read?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week: