Make It Easier to Do Your Tasks

07.10.2012

In our time class yesterday one of the things we talked about was checking in with the bigger picture when you do your work.

Often we procrastinate, get off task or start something new because we haven’t set ourselves up for the work.

In order to get motivated, it helps to think of why you are doing this task. When we come to a task as this is something I should do or I have no choice in doing, it saps our motivation.

When you "have to" do dishes, they may spend the night in the sink. But, what if before you started you thought of the bright, sparkly kitchen? Or clean bowls for breakfast? Or not having to clean stuck on dishes? We don’t clean because we have to. We clean because of what we want the house to feel like.

How about a task your boss gives you that you really don’t want to do. How will that task help the company? Or what character traits can you enhance in yourself by doing the work? Who are you helping with this task?

When you are pulling weeds, what are you really doing? Making a place beautiful or making room for fresh vegetables to grow.

Garden

If you are stuck in the "I don’t wannas" today, look to the big picture, see your choice, and find the purpose.

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Photo by Clownfish

 

 

1 Comment

  • Tika Kat says:

    I fought the “I don’t want to sort; I don’t want to pack!” “I don’t want to move to a smaller place!” EVERY waking moment for over a year!! So I portioned everything into the tiniest portions possible(I used to over assign, 10 tasks everyday which I usually failed completing & you taught me to do just ONE task) I made myself do the ONE thing first each day (eating the slimy toad) then everything else was easier bec I accomplished that ONE THING! One project I put off for years & became a monster: I had approx 600 local newspapers that contain wild west history but task SO monotonous, I made myself go to pg#3 x 10 newspapers each day & cut out ONLY that feature, write the date in margin & file by date. In 2 months, time while I drank my AM coffee, I whipped through 11 years of weekly newspapers. Onward to dog-eared magazines – one type per month! THEN Packing began & was so tedious! I packed 2 piles: what I MUST have for 2 yrs & stuff I want to keep but not for this smaller place. Must haves in one storage unit, for later keeps in 2nd unit. As stuff went out I felt freer.
    Now I have to UNPACK those MUST haves! UGH!I don’t want to’s are here AGAIN! Bec in 2 years I will have to do all this AGAIN! So I tape the photo of how it was before, I OPEN the boxes in front of the place: sewing armoir, the china cabinet,the curio cabinet, tiny linen cabinet… first thing every day I must do one place & I commend myself at how many boxes I finished; I emptied 6 or 8 today! I get a reward too, now I get read for 1 hour! The 14 boxes of cookbooks was the hardest; I put it off 2 months! I took pictures of how they were before the move. I played a game with my self – put all the books on the shelves just like before (I felt really good & it was so easy!) then I moved them around to other shelves by subject category – deserts, chefs, places, food type… it was like that childhood game of moving the numbered square tiles & so much easier than creating piles on the floor 😉
    IF I get overwhelmed, I tell myself, “Just do one box OK?” Then I get a momentum & do all of them for that one place 😉 REMEMBER to do it first, then reward yourself.

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