How to Smile When You Dread the Task

I tend to be a happy person.  While I am not in love with my commute these days, it’s usually an hour each way, in Dallas traffic…I find myself actually enjoying the time.  If traffic is at a dead stop and someone could actually look into my car they would see me enjoying the music & even laughing at the DJs.

With so much time in the car it’s easy to get frustrated with the traffic, having to travel so far for a job, and with the crazy drivers on the road.  What I have found though is if I approach my commute with sense of humor and an opportunity to enjoy good music that it turns out to be a great way to start and end my day.

What activity do you have to do that you dread?  Whether it is cleaning the bathroom, shoveling snow, or some work responsibility that you loathe…try these Simple Steps to make it less irritating:

  • Do it first.  When you quickly eliminate the one thing that you don’t enjoy two things happen.  One, you get it out of the way quickly and can move on to more enjoyable things.  Two, you realize that it probably wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be.
  • Paint a mental picture in your mind of you completing the task and having others rave about your accomplishment.  Feel the sense of pride at a job well done.  As you then do this thing observe how your opinion of it has changed.
  • Swap tasks with someone who enjoys what you don’t and vice versa.
  • Do it with a smile.  When you smile or laugh through what is usually annoying it goes faster.

Our lives are filled with tasks that aren’t our favorites.  By changing your approach with just a small shift in focus you can accomplish it quickly.  While I won’t promise you that you will enjoy it… when you are done you’ll realize that it is not as bad as you thought it was.  And now you can move on to doing more of what you love!