99 more little words that also helped to avoid ‘the task’.
The washing machine was working annoyingly in the background; the first load of dry things had been fetched in and waited neatly, to be put away. There was something that he needed to do but motivation was hard to dig up, the task was quite a big one admittedly but it was on the list and so had to be done; the list was the ever present imperative. There were few things left on the list for today. It was getting more challenging to avoid it.
The phone rang.
“I was wondering if you had time to…..”