How to Do What You Don't Want to Do
Is your desk piled with papers? Is your workspace filled to the brim with tools and bits and pieces? Is a bill sitting on your desk a bit longer than it should? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, join the club! Some of us are neat freaks, and some of us are simply not. We get busy and bogged down with paperwork and clutter quicker than you can say, "Hmmm, I thought I knew exactly where that file was." Here are some tips to help you get done what you need to get done, but don't want to do.
Pick a project to focus on first. Then after you do everything else possible to avoid doing it, declare aloud that you are going to complete the task at hand. Whether it is cleaning your desk, closet, garage, or paying a bill, checking your bank account, or doing the dishes, declare that you are going to get it done!
Being held accountable often helps. If you need to post a note on Facebook or tell a friend that you intend to get something done, do it! When someone asks if you got it done, you will be so proud of yourself for doing it!
Put on some music. Music is a great way to make getting something done you don't want to do but have to do get done! Put your Ipod on and clean the garage! The time will fly by.
Do you have a stack of papers that is about as high as the Eiffel Tower by now? The task is a daunting one, but needs to get done! Take a little bit off the top of the stack and go through it. When that little stack is done, grab another small stack. The Eiffel Tower will soon be an empty lot, and most likely you will have a trash bin full of paper you didn't need to save for such a long time.
Give yourself a time limit to do the task. If you look at the clock and know you have two hours to clean your closet, challenge yourself to do it. Once you begin, the time will fly by. If you need more time, allow yourself to take it. Getting done what you need to get done is the goal.
Call a friend or a group of friends, and set up a time to do things together. Everyone has things to do that have been put on the back burner. Doing them together and checking in on a phone call or conference line each hour is a great motivator.
Take before and after pictures. A messy desk that has morphed into a clean one is reason to brag!
Make it fun, and know how good you will feel when everything is done. Reward yourself with a treat, a mani/pedi, dinner out, or anything else that makes you feel wonderful.
Tips & Warnings
Set a time limit to get the task done.
Tell someone you are going to do it, so they can ask you about it later.
Reward yourself for a job well done!