You don't stand up every now and then to stretch your legs?
You don't take a sip of coffee or tea or water periodically?
You don't ever run out of ink or pens or paper and have to get new ones?
You don't ever check your email or flip through math journals looking for interesting new papers being published?
You don't ever turn on a computer or turn it off/put it to sleep?
These are all repetitive tasks and I have a hard time imagining you do none of them or anything like them in your work life.
You don't refresh HN ever to see if there are new stories related to your pure math?
You don't ever type your ideas into a document and email it to someone?
You don't ever log in to any financial account to view balances?
You don't ever check your phone to see if someone has texted or if there is an important message waiting?
You don't ever spin a pen on your fingers while you think?
You don't ever pace around while thinking?
You don't ever have something online you have to manually log into to check for work? Vacation days? Researcher collaborations? Grant results? Nothing?
You don't have to get gas to fill up your car tank? Do you work remotely? You don't have to check the bus schedule or wait for the subway? Doing the same thing every day that doesn't really require your mental energy - like filling up your tank of gas on the way to work - is something I would call repetitive.
You don't ever click on links to open video chats or type in phone numbers to make phone calls?
I honestly don't believe that there are people with 0 repetitive tasks in their lives that could see no improvements with software (or hardware?). It's just not possible.
If you were being sarcastic and intentionally telling me to stop being creative and thinking big-picture, please don't do that. I hate when HN just shuts down all creative thinking with sarcastic laughter.
I don't see breathing as a tedious repetitive task because it happens mostly automatically and can be done in parallel with other work quite easily. But I could be wrong and I suppose there's room for improvement there too. CO2 detectors and air quality monitors in meeting rooms - as a standard - would likely boost productivity and reduce other tedious work as employees will be able to breathe easier (with better knowledge about CO2 in the office, more efforts for improved ventilation would likely happen).
> 'What repetitive tasks do you do?'
> 'None. I'm in pure math'
...just seems snarky and condescending. I'm listing real problems that most people have, that are indeed repetitive, mostly work-related, and could have solutions (at least partial solutions).
Well your first batch, you added more after I commented.
The answer 'none' is just condescending to the point of silly and it's obviously not true. I'm hoping to illuminate how there are repetitive patterns in everyone's life. Even 'pure math researchers'.
Sorry if some of my guesses were not in line with the question directly.