I'm going to guess that as soon as you read this title you knew immediately which task this was because we all have one (or more)!
The problem with a hated task left undone is that it tends to grow and grow in your mind over time. What might truly be a quick, simple thing to accomplish suddenly feels like you're setting out to climb Mount Everest.
Maybe it's writing content: a sales page, a blog post, an email series, a webinar script. Or perhaps it's something as simple as a phone call or a quick email to a client.
It honestly doesn't matter how big or small it is… what matters is that it needs to be done, and for whatever reason, you have developed a mental block that prevents you from doing it.
It's okay, we're going to give you some tips on how to FINALLY get it done.
Start It Today
Like right now. Well, as soon as you finish reading this, that is. Don't even think about it… just do it!
But seriously, the hardest part about any task is simply getting started. It's jumping over the mental hurdle that keeps redirecting you to do other things. It's quieting that whiny little voice in your head that keeps repeating, "But I don't wanna!"
First of all, take a deep breath. Now put on your "I can do this!" superhero cape and jump right in. Typically, once you've gotten over that initial barrier and actually started the task, the rest is smooth sailing.
Break It Down Into Manageable Steps
But what if it's not as simple as 'just knocking it out real quick'? What if the task you are dreading is something that requires much more time and energy, maybe even several days?
One of my favorite sayings is, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
Tell yourself that it's okay if it doesn't all get done immediately. The bottom line is you have to start somewhere.
Find one thing you can do right now, and then set the rest of that elephant aside for later.
Promise Yourself a Reward
True story: My mother has the cleanest house of anyone I know. Not meticulous or sterile like you don't want to touch anything… just clean. Always. This is noteworthy because my mother also happens to HATE cleaning her house. So how do these two things exist simultaneously?
My mom's secret is 'chore and reward.' She'll tell herself that once the living room is vacuumed, then she can have 15 minutes of computer time. Once that 15 minutes is up, she'll wipe down the kitchen counters… back to the computer. Get the idea?
At the end of the day, she has a clean house and yet never had to deny herself that oh-so-precious "me" time.
So instead of avoiding that one task all day, offer yourself a reward for after you start or complete it. You'll have something to look forward to, and you'll be motivated to get it out of the way so you can get on to the fun stuff!
Don't Do Other Things First
In the age of social media, this is a biggie. I will admit it – I am the queen of 'well let me just check this one thing first…' or 'maybe I should just cycle the laundry before I get started.' Oops, now it's bedtime so I guess I'll have to tackle that task tomorrow… oh darn!
Nothing motivates me to do a task like another task that I want to do less. It's not like I really want to reorganize my cabinets, but when that OTHER task is looming, suddenly I am Martha Stewart making over my entire kitchen.
Bottom line: if you're going to sit down and do the dreaded task, sit down and do the dreaded task. Do not just do that one other thing real quick first…
If All Else Fails, Delegate It
If you are seriously 100% averse to completing the task at hand, maybe it's time to pay someone else to do it.
Don't look at this as an unnecessary expense; look at this as a small price to pay to be freed from your mental prison. Furthermore, now you can spend your time and energy on something you will actually enjoy doing.
Who knows, maybe it's something we can help you with? Check out our available services here!
Finally, the relief you will feel once the task is done and off your mind will make it all worth it in the end. You might even chuckle afterwards and wonder why you were dreading it so much in the first place. We believe in you – now go do it!
I am a working mom with a degree in Business Administration. My career passions include hunting down pesky commas and exploring the dark underbelly of Microsoft Word. I live to edit and edit to live!
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