Laundry Day #8

Inventory:

Shirts: 12
Pants: 7
Pajamas: 2
Shorts: 2
Skirts: 1

Temperature: Warm

Cost: $1.75

What have we learned?

Laundry should be the ideal multitasking task. You put it in; you walk away; you do something else while it’s washing or drying. What better way to accomplish two things at once? Except…

While you’re engaged in two or three other tasks (and it has to be at least that many or it wouldn’t be multitasking, now would it?) you can forget about the laundry. For hours. It happens. Even to me. And I’m pretty attentive to laundry-related things.

So today, I’m embarrassed to confess, those twelve shirts, seven pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, two pairs of pajamas and one skirt (yes, a skirt!) were left to languish in the washer for hours while I worked on the computer, washed the dishes, made iced tea and did assorted other things. Now they’re hanging up to dry, more wrinkled than they should be because I didn’t rescue them promptly when the washer finished its cycle.

Once people had become enamored of multitasking, proudly announcing the vast number of things they could do all at once (applying mascara while driving is one that never ceases to horrify me), cognitive psychologists started examining this phenomenon and recently came to the conclusion that it is possible to do a number of things all at once—if you’re willing to accept that you’ll do them all quite incompetently.

So…

No, it’s not possible to comprehend what you read if you’re carrying on a conversation at the same time. (And the person who’s reading the paper while you’re talking is not listening to you, no matter what he tries to tell you.)

No, no no… it’s not possible to send and read text messages and operate a motor vehicle at the same time. (Did someone really need to tell you this?)

And no, sometimes, it’s not possible to do laundry and read email at the same time. Or maybe that’s just me.

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2 Responses to “Laundry Day #8”

  1. Jessica DuLong Says:

    Thanks for this simple reminder.

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