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It’s easy to get things done if you love what you’re doing. Sadly, life and business just isn’t always full of tasks you love doing. In any company there are times when, like it or not, you will have to work on jobs that you flat out hate. And few of us are in a position where we can constantly delegate task that are not to our tastes. The best way conquer this situation is to change your mindset to take the tedium out of boring activities.
Finding motivation when placed in a difficult or dull situation can be tough. But, it’s going to feel even more arduous if lack of motivation leads to a poor result and you’re forced to do the job again.
So what do you do when you’re in this situation? Simple. You incorporate the tasks that you do enjoy doing into the cycle.
This balances good and bad experiences so you are not constantly employed for long periods doing hateful tasks. Compared to a situation where you are repeatedly being pounded with tasks that you don’t like, this is way better.
Goal setting and scheduling will allow you to mentally prepare for unpleasant tasks and see beyond them. If you’ve got a plan to get through your tasks and have something to look forward to, they won’t seem so onerous.
Create a timeline of milestones to be accomplished. Evaluate your performance and accomplishments on a daily basis. Try your best not to procrastinate and always adhere to what you have initially planned. Delay merely means more annoying moments for you in the future. Be half-hearted about it or veer off-plan and you might have to redo a project because the quality of your work failed to meet expected standards.
Your perception has a great influence on your mindset. Instead of focusing on how tiresome and uninteresting an assignment is, you could try getting inspiration from focusing on the possible positive outcome. This might be recognition at work, monetary gains or increased productivity and business success.
If you feel you have tried everything and yet stress and boredom keep growing with certain aspects of your time at work then it’s time to take a step back and reinvent. Forcing yourself to do something you dislike will merely increase the pressure that’s already keeping you from obtaining good results.
Break the job into smaller tasks. Set realistic goals every hour. You’ll be surprised at how taking baby steps can help you get things done – even monumental tasks that started out seeming impossible.
Working on a job that you don’t enjoy is exhausting. It can be mentally draining and you might feel as if to achieve certain tasks you really are pushing until the last drop of your energy has run out. You might benefit from recharging from time to time. Take a break and listen to your favorite music. Relax and revitalize your nerves and muscles.
Celebrate little victories. Whenever you accomplish a goal or target, no matter how big or small, reward yourself. Think of ways you could treat yourself, whether it be a grand gesture such as a weekend away or a meal out, or even a night at the movies. Find a reward that’s worth looking forward to.
It’s also worthwhile asking for help from your colleagues and team at work. If you feel that tasks are insurmountable or you know you will struggle to complete them by yourself then reach out to attract the skillsets and interests of those around you. And after you’ve achieved what you set out to do you can reap the benefits of greater productivity.
Another option is to contact us to see how our services can help allow you to focus on running your business.
Published on 25th March 2014 by Jeanne DeWitt.