I’m curious about how many women believe they have a one track mind. I watched a show on the Science channel that says women multitask better than men. I also know women that claim to be OCD but I wonder if they’re reacting to being single minded. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
I believe studies have shown claims of multitasking really lead to a number of jobs inadequately performed.
I agree with the proposal that it is serial tasking often on a fast rotation.
OCD, generally not me. Except when it comes to crabgrass in my lawn. Currently looking for some left over Agent Orange (jk) [probably]
OCD does not give you a one track mind. It gives you a racetrack of illogical fears on top of the racetrack of day to day life. My "themes" or manifestations are fear of disorder/failure and my loves being hurt (by me or my actions/inactions). So, often this becomes either list making and busyness and go, go, go or complete inaction and shutdown because the anxiety is overwhelming and there is no way out and no way to succeed (at the impossibleness by brain is talking about, not reality). OCD does not come with the gift of focus (which is, I assume, the trait behind what we describe as a "one track mind" if it did, I would be 8,000% more productive).
I also think people like to use OCD to mean "really neat or clean" and honestly, that's just one manifestation, and even most people with that particular theme aren't always immaculate or even tidy. It's just that their brain won't stop thinking about germs or order. Tidy people, are just tidy people. They don't have a disorder... People who claim to be OCD are usually "humble bragging" because they have no idea what OCD actually looks or feels like.
I think the OCD thing is just a trendy way of self apologising and humble bragging about being clean and getting alot done at the same time. I rarely hear it used by people who actually have clinical OCD.
Women have traditionally had many more things to do and be responsible for than men. Multitasking is just part of female culture.
I hear the one track mind thing more about men than women.
Really I think they are all just things people say and mostly come from stereotypes. It depends on the person and situation.
multi-tasking?? that is how most women breathe I agree with the other ladies, kids, pets, school, work, house, food... and then maybe even a man. I dated a guy some years ago who asked me to pick up his dry cleaning. LOL I said "so when I finish school, then work and make sure dinner is covered for my 4 kids, I might have time but perhaps after you play at the gym and work your ONE job you can do it your damn self."
Yeah... we multi-task very well for those things we choose to do.
I don't know how to compare those w a man . I lived w one for 12 yrs and I think he was pretty good at multitasking , or no better or worse than me . I am not sure if multitasking or OCD can be awarded based to gender ?
Anxious folks or folks who have a lot to do , they have to multitask . They gonna have to or things are not going to get done ? I have seen this ability in both males and females . And I have seen the lock of on both too .
Personally , I have no choice than multitasking . The ability came w experience and also as I realized that planning diminishes stress .
I walked at ED tonight and here were 56 people in waiting room and 37 in rooms waiting to be seen or ready for dispo up stairs . In two hrs , I gave orders , took orders , spoke w patients while doing so , typed in charts while talking on phone and patients , poped candy in my mouth , answered my personal phone and smiled to patients across the rooms while signaling to security guys this or that . I have no choice . If I had a choice , I will do one thing at the time !
I face time w my sister while driving ( no time for a leisure call !), and I can clean a two story house while my hair color is drying or taking an online class and waiting for teacher to respond ! Not by choice ! Just not enough x in 24 hrs
I do not believe that I have a ‘one track,’ mind. I seem to keep more different things in my mind, than my peers and family and friends. But, I am curious about most everything, and a ‘master of none!’ I am not interested in doing the same thing over and over! I can focus on one matter at a time and give it my undivided attention, but I don’t remember doing more than one thing at a time, with that kind of focus. Books, movies and even music that I collected, seemed more to be treasured for the one time (maybe even a few times), pleasure or knowledge that they gave me. I never made list for shopping, I am not as sharpe on that now! Lol Now, if I am in a depressed state, I still can retain stuff, but I will have to work harder at it.
People can claim to have any type of disorder. For those of us who actually have a diagnosis of said disorder, it’s an insult. It’s a hellush nightmare. As far as I know there’s not really true multitasking either. It’s only your brains ability to retrace your steps to remember what you were doing, while attempting to do more than one task at a time. Which usually means you are doing most poorly. That’s the latest I’ve heard. And I don’t do that well at all. LOL not sure if this helped but it’s mostly just opinion. I don’t recall where I heard the multitasking part.
Multitasking is a term that was first used and coined in relation to a computer operations system. Its definition means to do one or more tasks simultaneously. While computers have this capacity, humans not so much. But we do have great capacity to switch focus with amazing speed, and many mistake this for having the ability to multi-task.
Multitasking, or the ability to multi-task, is greatly used today as a means to establish superiority over others. But what it really means is you're trying to do too much at once, and something (or two, maybe three) will certainly be thrown by the wayside, or come in at a resounding fourth, fifth...tenth place.
Stop trying to be the "super human." The next time someone brags about being a phenomenal multi-tasker, just respond with, "That's great! However, I enjoy the increase in quality, and the decrease in anxiety I get when I give myself over to focusing on one thing at a time. I also know how to prioritize and do what is important to me."
I myself Do NOT have a one track mind. I don't know what it feels like to not have at the very least two things racing thru my brain at any given moment, unless I was on medication. I have ADHD and OCD as a coping mechanism. Ive learned to control certain aspects without medication. It was most severe 30 yrs ago when I was one of those people that would count random things and felt the need to have things a certain way or impending doom would literally crush me. Ive always been able to multitask but there was a point when none of those tasks where ever finished.
for my part, I've always considered myself the "queen of multi-tasking," though depression and anxiety have dramatically affected my abilities over the last couple of years. BTW, I don't call it OCD... it's called self-discipline. Put the scissors, keys, and dust pan back where they belong and they will always be there when you need them.
But even with my current condition feeling diminished, I still multi-task all the household and care-giver needs, among other things. I think this is what moms do naturally, no matter what else is happening in life.
My daughter has OCD. she is working on it, but the condition is far more than a one track mind, although I suspect many claim they have it who actually don’t.
For example, before she married she lived in a flat with a handy coat cupboard by the front door. There were hangers in the cupboard for coats, of course, but they were colour coded, one colour for her coats, one for her boyfriends and a third for guests; if you put your coat on the wrong colour hanger she became upset and had to correct it. Sadly it was the boyfriend’s behaviour that triggered her OCD we think. Happily she is now married to a different man who treats her properly.
But the OCD is still there are she takes beta blockers to help with it.
I don't have a one track mind...and the first thought that came to me is that women in general have evolved over many years to be able to multitask more successfully than men out of necessity...traditionally caring for children, cooking, housekeeping, and working. I'm not saying I think this is so for every single woman ever, past, present and future. Only generally speaking...
Uhhhhh, it doesn’t quite work that way. The sets of questions are a bit illogical and one doesn’t equate the other.
No one multi tasks well regardless of what they say. Women may multi task better but that still doesn’t mean they do it well.
No the women you happen to know that happen to have OCD are not likely ‘single minded.’
I’m sorry but none of this makes any logical sense at all.