North Olmsted, Ohio… From helping the kids with homework to prepping for a presentation at the office, being busy has become a way of life for most of us. Combine completing chores at home with the needs of work and family, and finding time to tackle all our “to-do’s” can be a serious challenge. Nearly 2 in 5 Americans (38 percent) feel they don’t have enough time to complete household tasks, according to a recent Moen survey, conducted online by Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults.
The solution? Mastering the art of multitasking. Moen, the number one faucet brand in North America, shares how to multitask like a pro.
More than half of Americans (59 percent) wish they could manage their time better throughout the day. Step one – learn how to prioritize. Determine the most important items on your list, then create a schedule that pairs complementary elements together. For example, while laundry is in the washer, use that time to vacuum, dust and mop. By the time you switch your clothes to the dryer, all your chores will be complete.
Use Your Mind & Body
While at home, nearly three quarters of Americans (71 percent) stated they usually multitask while watching TV and two thirds (67 percent) say they do so while cleaning. By combining a physical task, like cleaning, with a mental one, such as making phone calls, you easily can check items off your list. Loading the dishwasher can be a tedious job, so why not make it an efficient chore by turning on your speaker phone and letting the conversation flow as you pre-rinse and load? Or, maximize time in the shower to make mental checklists or contemplate a challenge you’re facing at the office.
Tap Into Technology
We live in the digital age, so it’s no surprise that nearly three in five Americans (58 percent) use technology to multitask at home. Whether we’re answering emails on our smartphones while stirring spaghetti sauce, or tapping away on our laptops during family movie night, tech tools make tackling several tasks at once super simple.
“With the popularity of connected home products, like automated thermostats or wireless sound systems, technology has become directly integrated into the way our homes function … and made multitasking easier,” said Andrea Maher, senior marketing communications specialist, Moen. “Our new U by Moen™ shower helps homeowners make the most of their mornings. U by Moen is a Wi-Fi/cloud-based digital shower that offers mobile connectivity, allowing users to fully control the shower from their smartphones. Power on the shower while brushing your teeth or scanning emails in bed … it will pause once it’s reached your desired temperature.”
Don’t let a busy schedule get the best of you. With a little effort, you can multitask your way to a completely crossed off to-do list.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Moen from October 12-14, 2016 among 2,108 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Courtney Yerega at firstname.lastname@example.org.