The Jobs You Hate — How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Them Done

procrastination and the jobs you hate
Stop procrastinating, even about the jobs you hate.

The jobs you hate are always the last things you tackle, aren’t they? Or, do you procrastinate so much that you never get to them at all?

Well, making a choice to short-circuit procrastination, especially when it’s one of the jobs you hate that’s waiting for you, is a challenge. 

But the truth is that when you create a logjam for yourself, those nuisance tasks just become even more of a nuisance. They don’t go away. They wait for you and increase your stress as time passes.

So, here are 5 timely tips that will absolutely help you succeed at getting those tasks out of the way, done well, and possibly even enjoyed. Try them on for size, and see how they not only help you get things done but also change how you view some of those ‘hated’ tasks.

5 Steps to bring the jobs you hate to completion.

  1. First, take 5 minutes to list jobs you “never get around to.”  Write quickly and be inclusive.  Don’t censor yourself.
  2. Estimate how long each task typically takes, and write that time next to the task.
  3. Select 3 tasks that take roughly the same amount of time to complete.
  4. Now set aside a block of time and commit to doing one of those 3 tasks, starting with the one you dislike least.
  5. Once you complete that task, be sure to take note of how you’re feeling and to pat yourself on the back.  Validating your effort is vital, especially when you are overcoming avoidance.

Did you notice how the “least lousy” task started to look pretty good, compared to the jobs you disliked even more? 

Shifting your perspective is powerful.

That’s because our minds often work through comparisons. Anything weighed against something worse achieves the relative glamour of top billing. After all, the nuisance job you just finished helped you to avoid the other two, even more onerous, tasks.

In fact, you might even end up enjoying your first task, because in your mind, you may be thinking, “This sure beats doing the other 2 jobs!”  And this can help you do a better job.

So, keep going…

Now that you know how you can put procrastination to work for you, try using this same process to do your second most distasteful task.  You can harness the enthusiasm you feel for doing anything except your most unappealing project as a way to get another task completed.

This technique will work for you if you work.  Success builds on itself, and as you experience the results, you’ll likely find yourself using this simple formula again and again.  Soon you will be ready to tackle the longer tasks.

You’ve mobilized yourself by converting your aversion into constructive activity.  In essence, you have taken the energy of your resistance and used it to move into efficiency, effectiveness, and empowerment.

Remember to congratulate yourself for what you have accomplished – both the task(s) and the transformation of procrastination into productivity.

So, what step will you take today? Which one of the jobs you hate will you tackle to get started?

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