Do I Have to? Getting the Job Done!
But I don't want to!
Ever hear those words? Maybe from a child...or even from a colleague (although they probably phrase it more professionally!).
Do you ever hear those words from yourself?
We all have tasks that we need to get done but regard as less than pleasant. Digging in and getting the job done is certainly necessary, but if we're dragging our feet every step of the way, we are using a lot of emotional energy and probably wasting time through procrastination as well.
Here are some simple tricks to keep you moving, even when you'd rather not!
Reward yourself for a job well done.
Set a time limit.
Do it with a buddy.
Do it twice and skip the next time.
Trade with a friend.
Do it first.
Make a game of it.
Always look for a better, faster, easier, cheaper way to get your job done...more important still if it's an unpleasant task.
Obviously, if it's truly your task to do, you need to do it. But if times have changed and it should be handed off to another person who can do it better, you'll want to recognize that, too.
See the positive side.
Maybe it's a stinky job, but someone's got to do it and that someone is you. Put on your superb attitude and make the best of it.
Are you learning or practicing skills you can use elsewhere? Excellence is needed everywhere these days; after all, anyone can be upbeat when life's going well. When tasks are tough is when we find out what we're made of.
Ask someone for help.
Do a little, play a little, do a little more.
Of course, not all these tricks will work for every task, but with some flexibility you might adapt a couple of helpful hints to work in your situation.
And that's the key: frustration and complaining don't have the power to make a difference for you, but creativity, positive thinking, and results-oriented planning can be the tools you use to move past those frustrating tasks into solutions that work for you!
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