5 Ways to Start Doing the Things You Hate To Do
We all have those recurring tasks and chores that we know we need to do, but we just don’t do them because we hate doing them.
Then the next week comes and we know we need to REALLY get it done and then we just don’t do it. We subconsciously prioritize other things and think, “Ah, I’ll do it tomorrow or next week.” And then next week comes and we don’t get it done.
Then the next thing you know you didn’t do any of those things you just hate doing. You haven’t vacuumed in 3 months or the sheets on the beds haven’t been changed in6 months.
You think to yourself, “How gross!”, but then when it comes around again you put it off and put it off.
You had an amazing plan detailed out to make these tasks easier to handle and then……you just didn’t do it because….well….they just aren’t fun or exciting things to do. They are those things you hate doing.
When we finally motivate ourselves enough to accomplish those tasks we feel amazing and productive, don’t we??
Why isn’t that feeling motivating enough to make us do the task the next time and not push it off again? If we felt so good after finally accomplishing it, we should WANT to do it next time right?
It’s just not that simple, is it? Here are some simple ways to help make the things you hate doing a little easier to take on.
HOW TO DO THE THINGS YOU HATE DOING
MAKE IT FUN
If you hate wiping out the sink or doing the laundry, make it fun by adding music and dancing while you do it. Don’t be afraid to spice up your life a little. While you fold a shirt, or a towel do squats or lunges at the same time. Benefit: You get two things done at once, chore gets done and you worked out and toned your butt!
MAKE IT A GAME
If you hate changing the sheets on the bed, find a way to make it a game by timing yourself and then try to beat your time the next week. Write it on the notepad on your phone or on a whiteboard. Get your kids involved and see who can do it fastest. Get two beds done in the same time one would be done by just you. Benefit: You don’t have to do all the beds and they all get done faster.
LEAVE THE BEST FOR LAST
Did your mom ever tell you to eat the things you don’t like on your plate first? One of the best ways to get through something you don’t like is to do that thing you hate first. Not only does it get it done and over with, but you have something you like to do coming next. Something to look forward to. So you end on a good note. Benefit: You don’t have that thing you hate to do hanging over your head still waiting to get done.
We put together reward systems for our kids, don’t we? Why can’t we put a reward system together for ourselves? When you accomplish one or more of those things you just hate to do, reward yourself with a cup of coffee, a 30-minute TV show or 30 minutes to just sit and read your book. Benefit: You can relax your mind knowing you accomplished something and you get to physically relax.
Okay, I’m just going to be completely honest with you. As moms, we are HORRIBLE at delegating. We don’t think someone else (usually our kids or our husband) will complete the task or they won’t get it done right (i.e. to our standards).
A few years ago, we got a dog. And not just a dog, but a brand-new puppy. My kids were 5 and 7 years. I did not look forward to cleaning up the poop in the backyard and my husband said, “That’s the kids’ job anyway.” What?! My exact thoughts were (1) they will get it all over themselves, (2) they won’t get it all, so I’ll have to go out there anyway, (3) the dog will attack them and so on. So many excuses. I hate picking up dog poop.I’m not really sure if anyone really enjoys that task.
Mommas, hear me out. Kids are capable. They won’t die and neither will you. They aren’t perfect and won’t finish it to your standards, but they are capable, and it will benefit them so much more than you. They can’t learn to do anything if they don’t first try and make mistakes.
Benefit: The kids will get better over time and you can take tasks you hate doing off your plate and put it on theirs.
We learn more from our mistakes than our successes.