Simply Her (Singapore) - - Cover Reads -

“I’m ex­hausted,”

I tell my hus­band, as I get into the car at the end of the day. “Multi-task­ing all day. Barely a quiet mo­ment.” I’m so tired, I can’t even speak in proper sen­tences.

I know his day has been even longer, and equally packed. So I’m hop­ing for a lit­tle mu­tual com­mis­er­a­tion. Okay, what I re­ally want is for him to say: “Aw, poor thing. Let’s go home and have a nice din­ner.”

In­stead, he glances at me, takes a breath, and says: “You know there’s no such thing as multi-task­ing, right? You’ve been se­rial task­ing.” I once again rue the day I gave him a sub­scrip­tion to a psy­chol­ogy mag­a­zine as a birth­day gift.

Ap­par­ently, there’s no way the brain can do two things at the same time. You can’t ac­tu­ally type an e-mail while hav­ing a phone con­ver­sa­tion – you wouldn’t do both tasks as well. You may miss out snip­pets of what’s be­ing said, or make ty­pos in your e-mail. What we think of as multi-task­ing is ac­tu­ally switch­ing from one task to another in a heart­beat.

I’m in­clined to agree with him. The rea­son I feel so drained is not be­cause I’ve been mov­ing from one task to another so quickly, but be­cause I’ve tried to cut cor­ners and do two things at the same time. The re­sult: I’ve usu­ally had to re-do one thing or another.

The les­son I’ve learnt is that I need to make bet­ter use of the lit­tle pock­ets of time I have, so I can pack in more tasks, but fo­cus on one at a time. This is­sue, we asked real women how they man­age this – see their tips on page 72. In the same story, we also have a slew of beauty prod­ucts that do triple duty, multi-way clothes and home ap­pli­ances that do sev­eral things at once.

Other sto­ries to tear out and keep: Turn to page 20 for our ideas for a fail­safe wardrobe, so you can be ready for work in 15 min­utes – great colour com­bos that go be­yond bor­ing black and white, and sil­hou­ettes that work for any fig­ure. Want to get ahead at work? On page 84 are 10 phrases you should be say­ing to your boss (the Sim­ply Her team have been say­ing th­ese to me since read­ing the story!). And don’t miss our noo­dle recipes on page 106 – pip­ing hot bowls of com­fort you can whip up quickly.

This Oc­to­ber, join Sim­ply Her in the fight against breast can­cer. Turn to page 68 to read about the women – and men – who have com­mit­ted their time and ef­forts to this wor­thy cause. And don’t for­get to sup­port the Pink Rib­bon prod­ucts and ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing through the month – pro­ceeds go to the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion. It’s a good time to sched­ule a mam­mo­gram, or start do­ing reg­u­lar breast self-checks, too.

PENE­LOPE CHAN, ED­I­TOR PS. Thanks for all your lovely let­ters. E-mail us at magsim­ply­her@sph.com.sg or write to us at 82 Gent­ing Lane, Me­dia Cen­tre Level 7, S(349567), and keep send­ing in your won­der­ful ideas.

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