Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, in which we muse about books and reading. Anyone can join in!
“Multitasking? I can’t even do two things at once. I can’t even do one thing at once.”
― Helena Bonham Carter
I just finished the Bout of Books read-a-thon! The aim of the read-a-thon was to simply read more than you usually would. But this got me thinking, how can I bring reading into more aspects of my life? What other task can I pair with reading?
I tried multitasking reading with several different activities. Some succeeded but some did not at all.
Water the garden
Watering the garden doesn’t take any concentration. You can hold your book in one hand, hose in the other and with some rhythmic arm movement you’re on your way to multi-taking!
Nurse baby chickens
I’ve been raising baby chickens and they’re almost fully grown, but they are incredible wimps. Magpies are the boogey man and my lap is their cocoon of safety. So I often found myself sitting outside, reading, with two chicks sitting on my legs. While they’re sitting, it’s fine. But there was an incident, when one chicken was clawing at my hair, holding on for dear life and another was standing on top of my book, looking down and trying to determine which part of it was edible, that I just gave up. It was just too chaotic.
Pilates and reading. It just doesn’t work. Think about it: you’re trying to do a plank, and your whole body is shaking. You’re barely paying attention to the words in front of you, because all you can think about is how your muscles are about to give up. And then you reach the end of the page. You could wait but you really want to know what happens next. You lift one arm and… CRASH! This one I don’t recommend.
You’d think it was easy, but I found it incredibly difficult. My eyes were focused on the page, so I constantly found myself lifting an empty fork to my mouth, or missing my mouth entirely. Food got dangerously close to falling on the book. So I moved on to finger food, but this time actually ended up getting roast capsicum dip on my book! For the safety of your beloved books, do not try this at home!
Reading while you’re trying to chop vegetables or fry a steak wasn’t easy, but cooking is full of waiting. Whether I’m waiting for water to boil or waiting for the pasta to cook, these were ideal times to get through a couple of pages. As long as you don’t mind picking up and putting down the book several times in a short period, reading fills in some of the boring time in cooking.
I briefly considered taping my book to the outside of the shower, and setting up some sort of towel-glove to turn pages without getting the book wet. Maybe photocopy the book and tape the pages up? Eventually I spent longer thinking about it than the actual shower took. Someone could invent a useful device for this purpose though…
What activities or chores do you pair with reading? Have you ever had a multitasking disaster? Do you wonder why I haven’t considered the possibly of audiobooks (because that was an epiphany I just had)? Remember to leave me links to your own Musing Monday posts!