When doing monotonous physical tasks, I like to give my brain something to think about. Mowing grass, painting trim, drilling parts or digging holes don’t provide much in the way of mental stimulation, but an audio book or podcast can provide some mental stimulation or entertainment and make the time fly by faster.
Edit: A couple of recommendations from friends as we were solving the worlds problems over beers one Thursday night.
From Dain; Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
From Martin; Late Night Live (ABC Radio National Australia)
And from Nick;
In Our Time (BBC)
You Look Nice Today
The Sound of Young America
The Night Air (ABC Radio National / Australia)
Shift Run Stop (currently on hiatus)
Answer Me This!
Writers & Company (CBC)
And Dan Benjamin’s 5×5 podcasts — Back to Work w/ Merlin Mann, The Talk Show w/ John Gruber, etc.