That happened today for the first time in a long time. Before a very highly engaging meeting was over, I had two pages of notes of things I needed to do - both directly related to our topic and indirectly related.
Multi-tasking is seldom a good thing unless your brain is comfortable as a plate of spaghetti -every noodle connected or touching another noodle - every thought leading to another thought and connecting to the next task -the sauce, the topic of whatever class or meeting in which I sit, continues to flavor and influence every noodle it covers and bringing me back to center to re-focus on the topic at hand -
It can make my linear friends frightfully dizzy and thankful they don't spend hour upon hour with me...
God bless my mother, who used to listen patiently each evening as we (she) prepared dinner and I let the stream-of-consciousness thought parade pour out of me as I told her about my day. I get a good dose of it when my son decides to talk. I often interrupt just to get him to sit with a topic for a while by saying, "Wait - tell me more about that for a second." His mind moves so quickly from conclusion to conclusion - it's no wonder he can sleep through a train wreck - he is constantly thinking; his mind needs rest.
No, multi-tasking is seldom a good thing, unless your brain is comfortable as simple pasta, a woven, tangled mess - then its the most normal good thing in the world.