My favorite things to do while on the phone
By: Julie Ryan Evans
Like most women, I’m a perpetual multi-tasker. Watch television, sew on a button, read a novel at commercials and discuss preschool choices for my son with my husband, no problem. Cook dinner, play super heroes and make tomorrow’s lunch at the same time, easy as the pie baking in the oven.
Some of my best multitasking, however, comes from the time spent on the telephone. Whether it’s a conference call for work (done from home) or a chat with my best friend across the country, I can’t just sit and talk—I start one of my multiple tasks.
The activities should be fairly quiet to avoid having to deal with your mute button and preferably one-handed. (Although if you have a headset, then the world of two-handed chores opens wide.) And they should take little to no concentration so they don’t distract you from the business at hand.
Here are some of my favorites you can do while you talk; the person on the other end will be none the wiser:
Sweep or Swiffer your floors—This can usually be done silently and with one hand. You won’t believe how clean your floors can stay if you pick up your broom when you pick up the telephone.
Fold laundry—While this can give you a crick in your neck, it’s very doable for short periods of time. Either open your drawers and closet doors ahead of time, or wait until you’re off the call to put things away as that part can get noisy.
Dust—Not with spray polish (too much noise), but a feather duster or disposable dusting cloth is perfect for attacking the thin layer of dust on your furniture. Also, look at your baseboards and the crevices in your house that you don’t normally get to and give them some overdue attention.
Exercise—You can’t really get your heart rate up too high, or the heavy breathing might scare the others on the line. But who’s to know if you do some leg lifts or grab a dumbbell and start doing some bicep curls.
Make Beds—This works best if you have a headset, but the sheets and blankets fly pretty silently and don’t take much concentration.
Pamper yourself—Need a new coat of polish on your toes? Paint away. Have stray eyebrows that need tweezing? Go for it. Try new lipstick, eye shadow or put lotion on your legs.
Tell us: How do you multitask throughout your day?