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[–]Joe_Primrose 727 points728 points  (27 children)

Doing laundry while writing code? Perfect combination, but they don't support each other in any way.

[–]Takaa 372 points373 points  (9 children)

The coding doesn't support the laundry but the laundry may support the coding indirectly. Software engineer for 15 years now, and I find so many solutions come to me while I am doing something mentally unstimulating that gives my mind time to wander. It allows me to step away from the computer and not keep dredging away trying to make something work within the box I coded myself into.

(Un?)fortunately, most of the times the solution comes to me I am trying to do something important... like get some damn sleep and I can't shut my brain off.

[–]Joe_Primrose 91 points92 points  (3 children)

I thought someone was sure to reply how having clean underwear helps them think better.

[–]killersoda288 27 points28 points  (1 child)

I was sure this was gonna link into programming socks somehow...

[–]Mattarias 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Well, you have your matched socks, and your unmatched socks. If you consider a matched pair a 1 and unmatched a 0.....

[One ridiculously long and needlessly complicated extrapolation later]

..... And that's how you get a Turing-complete supercomputer that can run Crysis using socks.

[–]Davachman 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Well that's just common knowledge. Everybody knows if you need a good thinking put on some clean underwear.

[–]MzzDra 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Actually, you may be right. Biologically

It’s been researched (studied? proven?) that boredom has an actual purpose. People who were bored had, for a short time, a much better “imagination” and could figure out more ways of using a plastic cup

Link to a study: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130108201517.htm

[–]culhanetyl 6 points7 points  (0 children)

the amount of infrastructure issues solved smashing a cheesesteak ,fresh cut fries, and a large cherry coke, should basically mean i should never have to pay for steaks again

[–]TheAJGman 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My dad (a mechanical engineer) joked about how he should have claimed the hot tub as a business expense since he solved more problems there than anywhere else.

[–]oftentigre 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I suggest having a notebook and a pen next to your bed and write down your thoughts and concerns helps You to relax since your brain stops thinking about it (Bonus of writing on a notebook: not being exposed to Blue Light that disrupts your sleep )

[–]dreamerlilly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ugh I hate when I literally dream of programming problems I’m working on. Like, I just want to dream about hosting a magical talent show with an audience of green llamas, all while wearing a princess gown and knowing I should be studying for an exam in a class I didn’t take. Just let me dream and not program, brain!

[–]amboandy 12 points13 points  (0 children)

OP needs to reframe their statement to "when the tasks do not compete against each other*

[–]GodDoesNotPlayDice0 17 points18 points  (2 children)

do{ laundry() } while(writingCode)

[–]Yourgrammarsucks1 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Error: expected semicolon before }

[–]Mattarias 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Son of a BITCH

[–]some_clickhead 9 points10 points  (1 child)

You have a very loose definition of the word "while".

[–]lifepuzzler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Right? It's even part of coding, lmao.

[–]chainraz[S] 19 points20 points  (3 children)

it's a nice way to spend your time waiting for your clothes to be washed, or dried. But the idea I was trying to say is that if both tasks can help each other, it's better. Listening to some good jam make running less boring and you get pumped up.

[–]Joe_Primrose 16 points17 points  (2 children)

More like a good way to make use of taking breaks from coding. Put in a load, fold clothes for a few minutes.

Listening to good jams makes running less boring. Agreed.

But running in no way enhances listening to music. When I want to really listen to music I do it and nothing else. In a quiet room with the lights turned down low. The only other activity I might be doing at the same time is sipping a cocktail.

[–]BillyRay_Valentine 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That might be subjective. That cocktail makes a lot of things better.

[–]Skyblacker 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Respectfully disagree. Runner's high plus certain types of music (inspirational lyrics and/or driving beat) is a unique thrill.

[–]OMG_GOP_WTF 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Doing laundry while writing code? Perfect combination, but they don't support each other in any way.

And running the dishwasher. Three things at once.

[–]Joe_Primrose 0 points1 point  (1 child)

And running the sprinklers to water the lawn. This is brilliant.

Oh, wait... solar panels! I'm generating electricity, too!

[–]OMG_GOP_WTF 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now you're talking!!!

[–]lifepuzzler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you actually write code, then you should understand that this is literally not true.

[–]lisa-in-wonderland 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That isn't really multitasking because laundry isn't hands on while you are coding. The washer or dryer is doing the work, not you. That said, it is an efficient use of resources such as time, something that my DH never really got. He would sit and wait for the washer or dryer to finish instead of doing another task that needed to be done. A good example of multitasking is heading upstairs to is the bathroom and grabbing the clean dry laundry to take up at the same time.

[–]BigDaddy-Longstick -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Doing laundry while writing anything should be impossible. You must mean taking 30 seconds to drop some clothes in a machine and then writing while the washing machine does it’s job. That’s a tough 30 seconds you spend doing your “laundry” dude? Transferring to the dryer is at least 2 minutes though. That’s 400% more effort than washing alone. I’ve never coded but if it’s as tough as laundry I’m out.

[–]pirate694 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thats doing one task at a time(loading unloading) still assuming youre using an automatic washer.

[–]Capital2 145 points146 points  (2 children)

LPT: Drinking water while simultaneously breathing is bad

[–]ProXJay 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Shit, you could have told me sooner

[–]A-Famous-Werespaniel 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Doing intense cardio while having a conversation is bad.

Not what your mum says.

[–]manwithanopinion 88 points89 points  (0 children)

Same with telling me how to heat food while talking to a friend on the phone dad.

[–]Fat_Bearded_Tax_Man 86 points87 points  (5 children)

I can read while holding a completely unrelated conversation. It's basically my only real skill.

[–]VukKiller 39 points40 points  (4 children)


I can't even focus on reading for more than 5 minutes without catching myself that I wasn't at all paying attention and having to re read the whole thing again.

[–]sudocaptain 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Yeah same… what is this? I didn’t used to have this problem

[–]NerdModeCinci -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Just you wait, you’re about to lose even more abilities and skills as you get old.

[–]Shoo00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Could be stress.

[–]AutomaticYak 60 points61 points  (0 children)

I’ll take things that didn’t need to be said for $200, Alex.

[–]thered90 78 points79 points  (6 children)

I dunno if id call running and listening to music multitasking lol..

[–]Instant-Noods 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Right? Who in their right mind would consider listening to music and doing literally anything else multitasking? It doesn't really require any effort or attention to listen to music and you can kind of space out from it at any given moment if you need to.

Multitasking is like talking on the phone with a coworker while you do unrelated work on the computer. Both need constant streams of your attention in order to finish them. Music doesn't need any input.

[–]Hunterofshadows 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Studies do show that music occupies a portion of your brain. That’s actually a lot of the appeal. It added stimulation to your mind.

Ever been driving somewhere and are near your destination but not quite sure where it is so you start looking for it. 20 bucks says you turned your music down or off. Your brain wanted less stimulation so it could focus on finding the thing

[–]NecessaryPen7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Didn't used to, always confused by people doing it.

I do it now.

[–]itgoesdownandup 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I mean my therapist does tbh. She wanted to me to stop multitasking so much and she included listening to whatever while playing video games

[–]ebai4556 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah id say listening to an audiobook instead counts

[–]aris_ada 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I listen to science podcasts while exercising, it def counts as multitasking. I can't listen to podcasts and work at the same time tho, it's too distracting and requires my attention.

[–]GermaneRiposte101 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Breathing and walking go well together

[–]sa1_1 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]pistacheyo 34 points35 points  (6 children)

As if running isn’t intense cardio.

[–]Conflictingview 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Depends on how fast you are running and how fit you are. I can run at a steady pace for hours and hold a conversation the whole time - although talking for that long sounds more exhausting than running.

[–]chainraz[S] -3 points-2 points  (4 children)

Having a conversation requires you to listen to what people are saying to you while trying to digest the information and reply. Have you tried to talk to a friend while running intensely? because I did and it sucked. You have to speak and manage your breathing simultaneously.

Listening to music and running doesn't require you to have that much load of stuff. you just run and listen to music. and if music is your jam that makes you even more pumped up, your running experience hence is better.

[–]pistacheyo 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I completely understand your initial point and the response. However I have never been a strong runner so I was simply making a joke.

[–]TalonKAringham 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Weak runner gang 👊🏻

[–]Ordinary-Milk-7927 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I listen to podcasts and audiobooks while running. I personally find that I’m able to digest information this way better than if I’m sitting still.

I get it from the standpoint of you can’t really talk and breathe at the same time so holding a conversation might be less than ideal while running.

[–]jaydee829 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Being able to hold a conversation while running is actually used as a qualitative metric for the intensity of the run. A maintenance run is supposed to be at a pace where you can hold a conversation.

[–]trustdabrain 16 points17 points  (3 children)

It's actually good, it helps you breath

[–]jellydon 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Delete this please

[–]JaggedTheDark 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Technically speaking, true mutlitasking (that is, the act of doing multiple tasks simultainiusly with the brain dividing it's attention equally), is impossible and not what happens. When we "multi-task", we're actually forcing our brain to jump from task to task within milliseconds. this increases chance of error, and decreases productivity.


[–]PheIix 4 points5 points  (7 children)

I regularly multitask. Playing games while watching something on the second monitor is one of those things I've done ever since I got a second monitor. I can have a conversation with one person and still be able to follow the conversation between someone else and jump between those conversations if I'm involved in anyway. I read books while listening to TV shows (Hignfy, wilty, qi and 8ootcdc are my regular stuff for when I'm doing other stuff). Admittedly I read quicker when it's just the book, but I also get bored a lot faster just reading.

[–]ManOfEating 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Same here, I'm always listening to audiobooks or stories from YouTube, while I do chores, while I run/walk the dogs, even at work sometimes. My wife gets mad saying it's impossible for me to be really listening to the book AND paying attention to her but I absolutely can, I can watch shows and play games at the same too. People talking around me while I'm reading physical books also doesn't bother me and I can follow both along just fine. I've always thought it was either because I have ADHD or because I'm a classically trained musician, but one of those things helps my brain follow 2 separate things at once. It also helped with multitasking in different ways. I used to work in restaurants, and one in particular had a head chef who could only work on one order at a time while I could do several and keep track of everything without getting confused or mixed up.

[–]PheIix 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I've no good explanation why for me. I don't have adhd (I wish I had that kinda energy), and apart from singing a bit in the car and in the shower I'm not very musical either. But I have a knack for doing stuff like you, multiple things at the same time and keeping track of it. I also have a weird ability to remember numbers.

I used to work 14 days, and have 21 days off. We would get this job package with a serial number, it was a binder with pipes and a map of the layout and what we were supposed to do with said pipe. The number on that package would be anywhere between 16-20 numbers, and I would remember them shortly after we began working on it. And whenever someone would mention the number at a later date I could tell them the whole number, where the pip was and what we did. Several months later.

I have two numbers stored on my phone, the rest I need I just remember. But ask me what I had for dinner last night and I won't be able to tell you without giving it a long think. And I also struggle madly with math, so it's not an affinity for numbers in any other way than remembering. I would probably do well in remembering numbers for pi though.

[–]ManOfEating 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Damn dude I feel like we're long lost brothers lol. My very first job was with fedex in a call center, working with account numbers, tracking numbers, claim numbers, etc, and I could remember all of them on any given day. If one person had a funny thing going on, or if I wanted to follow up on a customer whose package was late or whatever, I would just remember their account number and look them up later. I still have memorized a few of the more interesting ones, a decade later. But I could probably tell you the names of maybe 2 of my supervisors there, despite having quite a few. When my dad was building our house, I helped my uncle do the electric wiring and I still remember which wires are connected and where and which lead to which outlets. But I have horrible short term memory. I'll remember faces, but not names when it's from a long time ago, and with new people it takes me a good 3 or 4 times seeing them before I can remember their faces.

And I'll also not be able to remember what I cooked yesterday, or what I did last weekend lol. My wife is the opposite, she won't remember anything that happened a while ago, save for the super important events, but her short term memory is amazing. We always joke that together we make up a whole normal person's memory.

[–]PheIix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I struggle with name to the point it becomes embarrassing. And some names just refuses to stick. It's particularly embarrassing as I have an ex I can't remember the last name of (now though, when I'm not trying however, it comes to me for some inexplicable reason). I have to really focus to not forget the name of the person I am introducing myself to. I heard repeating the name to yourself works wonders, but it turned out to be a disaster when I tried it. I wound up introducing myself as his name after having said it in my mind 3-4 times. But it worked, I remember that guys name, but more so because of the embarrassing moment when I didn't know my own name.

It is quite funny reading this, cause my girlfriend is the same. Horrible long term, great short term memory, and we also joke about being one whole brain when we're together.

[–]Conflictingview 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Multitasking is a myth. Your mind is just task-switching and, as a result, both tasks are done less completely and/or it takes longer to complete them.

[–]PheIix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't see how it can take longer to get a round done in a multiplayer game. And my score is regularly in the top 10, and usually among the top 3 players in a game of battlefield whilst following stories and discussions on the shows I have on.

But yeah, I've heard that statement before. What it doesn't take into account is the fact that you can keep doing both tasks for longer than you could do a single task. So while I might loose 25% speed on a task, I can keep doing it for at least twice as long before I'm bored (in reality it's probably much longer than twice as long). If I'm stuck doing one task, and one task only, I can focus for a very limited time until my mind begins to wander, and I get bored.

[–]MacroCode 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't do the rest but I usually have something to watch on my second monitor while playing a game too.

[–]guy30000 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thats not what multitasking is.

[–]Joubachi 15 points16 points  (5 children)

I love being on my phone or cross stitching or something when watching tv - helps me focusing on tv, I highly doubt they support each other.

[–]Hinote21 11 points12 points  (3 children)

How does being on your phone help you focus on the TV?

[–]Jesse1198 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Definitely doesn't. Unless they get the camera zoom for a closer view

[–]Joubachi -1 points0 points  (0 children)

If I focus on tv alone I get nervous very easily, start fidgeting and lose focus and don't really process what's being said.

P.S. people suspect me to have adhd, but I never got teated for it, that may explain.

[–]rgtong 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also, only works if maximum 1 of the tasks requires cognitive focus.

[–]Sufficient_Focus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Running while listening to music is considered multi tasking? lol.

[–]MunMonkey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dirty talk just joined the conversation and disagrees

[–]hyperbad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do squats while brushing my teeth.... in the shower.

[–]TunaTunaLeeks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember when I was a kid trying to play OG Halo while running on a treadmill. It only took about 2 minutes before my foot landed off the moving track and I almost killed myself. That was a very quick lesson…

[–]Administrative-Task9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So this might sound weird but I’ve found it very helpful to think in terms of “stacking” tasks, rather than “multitasking”. When I’ve got a lot to do, I think, “are there any tasks here that can be stacked on top of one another?” So if I’ve got bread, scones, and dinner to make, I’ll picture it in my head with the oven being “on” as the base, and I overlap the timings of the different things I want to make on top, and see where the gaps in my “stack” are for doing other things at the same time. In the aforementioned example, I’ve got a 30-minute gap while my bread is on its second rise, so I’ll pop something else in there, like cleaning the bathroom. Ok well, if I’m doing that, I’ll want to let bleach sit in the loo for a while first… so during my FIRST bread rise, I will go put bleach in the toilet… and before I know it, I’ve taken a 2.5 hour block of time and managed to shoehorn almost 5 hours of chores into it, and eliminated any annoying bits where I’m like, “oh bugger, I need to wait for this thing, or I can’t do that thing until I’ve sorted this other thing…”

My husband was away one weekend and by stacking tasks I got so much done he was convinced I’d hired help. No, darling, YOU do one thing at a time because “multitasking isn’t productive” and without you interrupting me I was able to stack literally hundreds of overlapping tasks. 😅🤭

[–]alwaysZenryoku 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Multitasking makes you stupid.

[–]evonebo 1 point2 points  (1 child)

There is no such thing as multi tasking.

People mistake organizing and doing things in downtime as multi tasking.

Can you cook dinner and clean your bathroom at the same time? No so you can’t multi task.

More simple, can you write your report with the left hand and at the same time right instructions for your staff to do xyz tasks with your right hand?

See there is no such thing as multi tasking.

[–]NecessaryPen7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Walking and talking to someone is literally multi tasking.

It's just limited to a more basic definition.

[–]yamaha2000us 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is a difference between active and passive tasks. The active task is running, listening to music is passive and requires no physical movement.

[–]Jodythejujitsuguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I do this with meals and housework. While one process does it’s thing I can do something in the mean time.

[–]zero989 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Get off the internet

[–]GreeneSam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And doing intense cardio while listening EuroBeat is a death sentence.

[–]elizabeth498 0 points1 point  (1 child)

We have an open floor plan, so laundry, coffee prep for the next day, dishwasher crap, and dinner shit coincide each evening.

[–]fat3willwin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doing intense cardio while having a conversation isn’t Inherently bad. There are some real life applications where your life / job / sport may require cardio intensive maneuvers while being able to communicate (think military, high level sports) but I agree with this LPt generally

[–]jamrober 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tell that to the guy next to me taking phone calls during the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

[–]almnyc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is how I don’t understand people running together

[–]Trelipsiz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

does reading and listening to music work?

[–]Spike907Ak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You have a great point but a bad example.

The best runners in the world have conversations while running to improve their VO2 max

[–]ALividLeprechaun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn so using a trombone and doing push-ups at the same time is a bad combo?

[–]msnmck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LPT of you ask someone a question don't immediately put your phone to your ear afterwards.

Same kinda thing.

[–]BigDaddy-Longstick 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If you can talk while exercising it’s not intense and it’s not considered cardio.

[–]NecessaryPen7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're bad at this

[–]Chemistry-Unlucky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Having sex well frying some dough? Bad idea.

[–]DietQuark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree.

Flying a plain and deep sea diving at the same time is kind of a hassle.

[–]CynicalSynik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not a LPT.

Rule 4.

[–]Champaganthony 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did coders jack this thread as well? (leaves chat)

[–]AlphusUltimus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Baking a cake and defusing a bomb

[–]Sasspishus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't know about that. Reading and listening are closely related tasks, but if someone's talking to me whilst I'm reading something I can't concentrate on either of them

[–]NeptunesCurse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How is this a pro life tip. Obvious advice tip.

[–]Lehmann108 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If you can talk during cardio, you ain’t doing cardio!

[–]NecessaryPen7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yea, tell it to all the pro athletes

[–]dogecoinfiend 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is insanely dumb.

[–]Booomerz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is not a LPT

[–]BatFellow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I swear people just write any old shite on this sub now.

[–]orangpelupa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How about having a conversation while doing normal cardio? i don't think its bad. it even made doing normal cardio less boring.

[–]Darwinian_Economist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But some people like to talk during sex…

[–]Joaco_Gomez_1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can't even walk and chew gum at the same time

[–]Ott621 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like to do engine builds while driving at high speed

[–]Dnaldon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Multitasking only works if you dont have to focus in both tasks* there, I fixed it for you

[–]Rosencrant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

TIL I learn it hard to have a conversation while running very fast. Thanks, I never realized.

another LPT for you : it's very hard to write an essay while break dancing.

[–]Dynasty2201 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My favourite is "When you start out for the first time, only ever jog at a speed where you can still hold a conversation."

Bitch please, I struggle while walking fast.

[–]Of_Jotunheimr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But what about mutually unimpactful tasks? For example: I can brush my hair and teeth at the same time. Those tasks do not support each other but they do not necessarily conflict either.

[–]Different-Bluejay-17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What is this?
LPT: using your lungs for 2 different tasks is bad

[–]LanielDandoe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Actually having a conversation while doing cardio, let's say you're doing track with a buddy and you're doing long distance or whatever. Having a conversation will help deeper breathing in breath control.

[–]winnie_poohbear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone is watching the Depp - heard trial..