We’ve all been there. We’re staring at our to-do list and there’s most likely more things listed that we would rather not do than things we would like to do.
1 Do the task first thing in the morning
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” -Mark Twain
Why is it suggested to get your most dreaded task out of the way first? Because generally, we are more energetic and more productive in the morning time. Think about it: it’s the start of a fresh new day and you’ve (hopefully) gotten some rest the night before. You’re likely more energetic than you will be after a long day of work (even if you’re doing something you love!) which means by the end of the day you’re less likely to want to exert energy on something you don’t enjoy. Capice?
2 Bribe yourself
I’m just going to shamelessly put this out there. There are just some things that I won’t do without having some type of prize at the end. Maybe “won’t” is too strong a word. I guess it’s more like having something to motivate me makes the journey to “The End” a little sweeter. So to help me get through whatever I have to do, I will often bribe myself like I’m a 5-year-old being begged by her mother to please eat her peas.
It doesn’t have to be much, or something that I don’t readily have access to. For instance, if I’m having a particularly rough time creating a graphic in Photoshop, I’ll tell myself, “Ok Kortney. If you keep working for the next 15 minutes without stopping to hop on Twitter or Pinterest, you can take a break with Twitter or Pinterest.”
3 Reward yourself for your achievements
This is similar to bribing yourself, but it actually works in reverse. With the bribing method, you start out with something that causes you to work towards it. With this method, you don’t necessarily have something in mind when you do your daily tasks.
4 Record your achievements
I started keeping track of my personal and business accomplishments at the end of last year and that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Often, we grind away and do things that don’t always have a clear-cut or defined “end.” This means that the gratification for completing certain milestones can feel like it never comes or that we’re not making progress.
The good part is this is not necessarily the truth!
5 Set an end goal
6 Brag about yourself
7 Think about your “why”
Most often, when we do things we really don’t like doing it’s because we have to. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can actually help the process along. For instance, one of the administrative tasks creatives all over generally don’t care for is business taxes. Think about how it makes you feel at the end of every month, quarter, or year when you sit down with your books and have to tally up all of your income, expenses, sales tax, and other things listed on your taxes. Does it give you a feeling of euphoria? Or does even the sound of the word taxes make you die a little on the inside? Wherever you are on the spectrum, if sitting down to balance your books doesn’t make you super excited to get out of bed that morning, then it’s more likely one of the tasks you might put off until the very last minute.
8 Don’t reinvent the wheel
9 Be accountable to someone (or someoneS)
If you’re working in a group or team setting, this is a no-brainer. But what about those times when you’re all alone and whether or not he task gets done rests on your shoulders?
No pressure, right?
Is the task something that can be outsourced to someone else? Maybe there is someone else on your team (or an assistant if you’re really fancy) that’s a better fit for the job at hand. If it’s not feasible to entirely let the task go, consider bringing in some help to make the process a little smoother for you. Ever hear of a Tax Party? Me neither, but here’s to you for making it a thing!
Not everything we do as humans will be sprinkled in gold glitter and flowers – but those things must still be done in some form or fashion.