As I work from home 90% of the time, on occasion, I find myself “multi-tasking” (she says, shuddering at the word). It’s rare, but I sometimes do a completely mindless task while I talk with a vendor or a partner firm. I could say that it enhances my brainstorming with them, but really, who’d buy that? The good news is, I now have proof that I really do give more focus to the person on the phone than to mindless task.. How do I know? Well, after one such 45 minute call today, I looked around my bedroom and realized that all my laundry was out of the basket, folded and in drawers and I had pretty much no recollection of having done it. You know that feeling you have when you get home from a drive and wonder where the last two miles went? Yep. That’s how it felt.
But the good news is, I ended the call with a mental to-do list about a mile long which I quickly typed up and shot out to my vendor-partner.
And that proof I mentioned? The reason I am certain I gave my vendor partner more attention than the laundry?
Well, when I went to take a shower later, I found a hand knitted red winter scarf that had been lingering at the bottom of the laundry basket for, I don’t know, months? (I live in Orlando, with maybe two days of winter, so you do the math.) It was no longer in the basket. Nope, it was hanging on the . . .wait for it . . .towel rack in my shower. How I plan to dry myself off with a red wool scarf, I’m not sure. Needless to say, I will probably be finding underwear in my t-shirt drawers for a few weeks. Oh well.
So tell me, fellow at-home workers, what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done while on a conference call? Meanwhile, if you’re an at-home small business owner in Orlando, I recommend you check out my friend Michelle Stile’s new service Support-Small-Biz.Com. The value she gives for her services is IMMENSE and right-priced for up-and-coming companies.