So you choose a task that is not too noisy and which tends to keep you within eyeshot of the tube. For those of us blessed with homes so small that the set is viewable from the kitchen sink, washing the weekend dishes works well. Also good is dusting the room where the TV sits, as well as running the carpet sweeper. The vacuum cleaner, needless to say, is out. I have also experimented successfully with figuring out the monthly bank statement, repairing a broken radio (you test it during commercials) and pasting trading stamps. The possibilities are limitless.
The positive results include, in addition to the aforementioned justification, a certain amount of conditioning for mundane tasks and a somewhat neater home. They also effectively counter those charges of nonproductivity often leveled by those who really fail to understand. These plans are, however, automatically preempted by undivided attention to the game any time the Redskins are on.
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