We all have tasks we need to accomplish. It doesn’t matter if you completely dismiss my advice and never cook your own food or you outsource your apartment cleaning. At some point, you will have a chore, task, or errand that needs doing. Many of these chores can save you plenty of money to spend on what actually matters.
How do you handle chores? Do you whine? Do you procrastinate? Do you get stressed? Admittedly, I have done all of these at one point or another. There is no doubt that the idea of a chore is awful! In fact, almost every time, I find that the idea of the chore is much worse than the actual chore itself. Here is how chores usually play out for me:
- Before the Chore: Oh hey look, my TV is right here and watching something (ANYTHING!) would be easier than doing that stupid chore.
- During the Chore: Ok, this isn’t so bad. I can get into a groove and get through this.
- After the Chore: Look at what I just accomplished! Man, that feels good.
You will notice that in the end, my feeling towards chores is actually positive. Somehow, my pre-chore self always forgets that aspect. And when I am done with chores, watching TV or just relaxing is more enjoyable than if I still have a task hanging over my head.
So how should you use this to motivate yourself to be more productive and accomplish your tasks?
- After accomplishing a task or chore, make sure to take a few seconds to feel good about a job well done. Cultivate that positive feeling and association with being productive.
- Before starting a chore, remind yourself of how you will feel once the task is done.
- Before starting a chore, remind yourself that actually doing the chore is not as bad as you are expecting.
For multiple chores and tasks, lists are great as well. Many of my colleagues talk about the power of crossing items off a list. I think that is a great way to accomplish the “feel good about a job well done” part as well. Being thoughtful about your chores only takes a few seconds, but I have found that it can increase productivity at work and at home.
How do you motivate yourself to accomplish tasks and knock out chores?
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