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How To Do The Things You Hate To Do

How to do the things you hate to do, get organized, declutter

how to do the things you hate to do, declutter your life and get organized

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

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. REWARD YOURSELF

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.

 

  1. DELEGATE

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.

 

 

 

23 Comments

  1. Monica on August 15, 2018 at 11:06 am

    This reminds me of Mel Robbins 5 second rule!! — training ourselves to move before we have time to think about it and find excuses is actually based on some very interesting brain science!
    Thank you for all of your information- love the Pinterest links and you are so rocking this blogging thing!

  2. Hollie on August 15, 2018 at 3:47 am

    This is great advice for anyone. I always do the “things I don’t want too first”. That way I get them out of the way and save the best for last.

  3. Olga Zak on August 15, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Awesome post! I have this issue most of the time. Thanks for the tips for making do the things we don’t like to do.

  4. Dana Brillante-Peller on August 13, 2018 at 10:39 am

    The laundry and I have a love-hate relationship. On most days, I love it. This week? Not so much. I know that with the kids back in school, this post will come in handy.

  5. Jessica Martin on August 12, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Those are very good tips for doing things you hate. I do the tip of making it fun, with music like you said. I also do the tip of rewarding myself, sometimes my reward is chocolate, a glass of wine, or new clothes.

  6. Terri Beavers on August 12, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I need to get motivated on a few things this week. I just can’t seem to get organized to even start. I wish I could figure out how to make cleaning fun, lol.

  7. maysz on August 11, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Nice advice from you! always MAKE IT FUN although you feel like a mess HAHAHHAHA!

  8. To be the perfect mother on August 11, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I clean my house everyday but it still mess because of my toddler, he keeps throwing his toys everywhere 😂

  9. Natalie on August 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    These are some really great tips! Rewarding yourself is always a good idea, it always gets me motivated to finish a task.

  10. Heather on August 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I’m all about delegating. I’ve taught my kids to do a lot of the things I don’t feel like doing. Yay for kids! LOL

  11. Echo on August 11, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Great tips! I have been working on this myself. Especially, trying to make it fun!

  12. andrea on August 11, 2018 at 8:46 am

    these are all great tips. and a great way to make something that isn’t really fun into something that is a lot of fun. I always like to make a game out of it.

  13. Yin Chan on August 11, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I hate cleaning up! Usually I’ll plan ahead & make time to do it. Most of the time I felt obliged to do but thanks for sharing these great ideas 🙂

  14. Sundeep Bhatia on August 11, 2018 at 2:15 am

    I just stumbled upon this blog today and not regretting spending even a minute of my reading time.

  15. betzy cuelalr on August 10, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    I have this issue most of the time. Therefore, I reward myself with something in order to feel a need to finish the task.

  16. Emma Riley on August 10, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    These are great tips. I, myself hate doing things that I hate most specially cleaning dog poops. I really hate that job and it’s really makes me angry sometimes but what should I do, I need to do it because no once else can, so my only reward for myself is having a 1 hour shower.

  17. Jennifer on August 10, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you. I have a hard time doing laundry. I know it’s necessary, but I loathe it. LOL.

  18. Tamalyn on August 10, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Awesome post! If there is something I hate to do, I definitely do the game thing! And then a reward afterward – sometimes we do what it takes – haha! For example, putting away laundry. I set a timer and try to do it as fast as I can!

  19. Janine on August 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    I’m totally on board with doing the thing you hate first. I like to get it over with so I don’t have to think about it anymore!

  20. Tara Pittman on August 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    This was me and the weeds last week. They had to get pulled but I kept putting it off.

  21. Ally on August 10, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I am always looking for ways to make cleaning fun. I’ll have to try making it a game to see if that will help lol.

  22. Sarah Bailey on August 10, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Hands up I am one of those people who always puts thing off unless I HAVE to do it. So this is a great post for me, I totally need to start getting better at doing those things.

    • Jackie Follmuth on August 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I’m so glad these are helpful for you! It was helpful for myself to find ways to get motivated.

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