“Doh! I got caught,” was the first thought that ran through my head. Thursday, my boss was running a meeting with her staff of 5 where we were practicing an operational review we were collectively presenting to her boss, our Vice President, the next day. It’s been a long week of 8 hours straight of meetings and I was falling behind a little bit on some other deliverables.
So, yeah, I stopped paying attention and was working on something else. Then she said, “Pete, what do you think?”
So you know what I did? I followed my own advice and plead guilty.
“I’m sorry, you caught me multi-tasking. Can you repeat the question?”
It was indeed repeated with no tone of anger, I gave my answer and the meeting continued.
Sometimes, doing more than one thing at once is a necessity but, more times than not, admitting your full attention was elsewhere when you get busted for it is the way to go.