I hate waiting. If doing something requires waiting, I will do something else in the meantime, regardless of the length of time the waiting period is for the initial task. Essentially my downtime threshold for multi-tasking is 1.5 seconds. The following are some examples that I remember from today alone:
1) Vacuuming my house while boiling water and steaming vegetables
2) Calling my insurance company while downloading and screening resumes at work
3) Watching/listening to an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia while blow-drying my hair
4) Going for a run while waiting for my clothes to go through the spin-cycle at the laundromat
5) Buying groceries while waiting for my clothes to dry at the laundromat
6) Going to the liquor store during the 5 minute wait for my Portobello sandwich
7) Getting passport photos taken while waiting for the TTC
No wonder I have no patience, and find it difficult to adhere to anyone's schedule but my own! I simply can never do one thing at a time; I need constant stimulation from a task or else I move on to another provisional task.
What does this say about me?
Has this always been the case? Did culture/life/location bring about this shift (if a "shift" has actually occurred)?
Is this tragedy or efficiency?