a Grip on Unpleasant Tasks
they have to get done
tasks can be tedious, demanding or just plain annoying
– but they still need to get done. And they don't, somehow,
seem to mysteriously go away. Here's some ideas for dealing
with your unpleasant tasks:
decide just what it is about the task that gets it labeled
“unpleasant”. Think about the consequences of not getting
it done or the pressure you place on yourself by waiting
to the last moment to tackle it. Once you identify why
the task is unpleasant you need to resolve to tackle it
straight on ………. But how?
by setting a deadline – even if it an imaginary deadline.
Make sure, though, that the deadline is realistic and
that it can be accomplished in that amount of time.
you have identified the unpleasant task and what makes
it so take the task and break it into manageable parts.
This is the old saying “you can only eat an elephant one
bite at a time”. We can make headway daily towards
the completion of the unpleasant task – we don't have
to complete it in “one setting”.
resolve to tackle that task first thing. Getting something
done towards that unpleasant task early in your day gives
you a sense of accomplishment and pride. This is much
better than going through the day dreading “that thing”.
The emotional lift that will give you will be amazing.
possible and practical, get others to help you. Is there
part of the task that someone else could handle – possibly
even more effectively and efficiently than you could?
might even want to build in a “reward system” to keep
you moving forward. Like ……..if I finish XXX by Friday
I will treat myself to XXX. This really works well – I
use it with clients all the time.
chunking down, and tackling the task first and head on
will help get you done in no time. GOOD LUCK