Reward Yourself for Doing the Tasks You Hate

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Crossing something off your to-do list can be satisfying. But you may need extra motivation to get through the more dreaded tasks. Here’s how to motivate yourself to accomplish those difficult projects:

Save the fun work. There are always aspects of a job you like more than others. Don’t permit yourself to do the fun tasks until you’ve taken on the arduous ones.

Pay yourself. Set up an account – a savings account, a gift card, an iTunes account – and pay into it every time you complete an especially challenging project. Set different dollar amounts depending on the size and unpleasantness of the task.

Regenerate. Promise yourself a reward that recharges your body and brain. Meditate for 20 minutes or use your lunch hour to treat yourself to a yoga class.

Adapted from the Guide to Getting the Right Work Done.

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tfcorsi
tfcorsi

@annasilvas1 You are right there! The yoga is especially relevant!

annasilvas1
annasilvas1

@tfcorsi LOL, wish some of your #bliss & #discipline would rub off on me

tfcorsi
tfcorsi

@annasilvas1 I'd say you are doing pretty well!

ProfGregg52
ProfGregg52

@TIME @timebusiness No task in my life that I hate doing. If people hate things that much, organize things differently! Bleeding ♥ Liberal