What do you think of when you read “tedious tasks?” We all have our strengths, and the tedious tasks usually are not a strength or we are avoiding them or they are somehow emotional and we don’t realize it yet. Fortunately, people around you at home or at work DO have these strengths. But if you want to get them done on your own, this post is for you.
Tedious Tasks: What I Hear from Clients.
Email. Paperwork. Appointment phone calls. Computer file organization. Bookkeeping. Filing. Meal planning. Updating/editing documents. Dusting, cleaning. Decluttering. Organizing the desk. Checking your work. Paying bills.
15 Ways to Experiment Getting Them Done
- Make paper management less tedious. Choose to go to more digital, even if you have a learning curve.
- Play a TED talk while you do it.
- Play instrumental music.
- Give yourself a tight deadline [I’ll get this done in the 15 minutes before I get out to lunch.]
- Take the work and do it somewhere else. [Bring your meal planning to your friend’s. Bring your QuickBooks data entry to a coffee house.]
- Automate it. Find a tool that does it just as well as you do. [Automated bill paying; or learn a new feature of your chosen software tool.]
- Decide it is really not as useful to your goals as you once thought. Drop it.
- Talk to someone else on the phone while you do it. Or both of you do the same thing together, virtually. [Decluttering for example.]
- Make an appointment with yourself but with the intention of figuring out how much time this actually takes? How much more thinking have you done about it than doing it?
- Delegate or hire someone else for the whole task or parts of the task.
- Sandwich this task with something you enjoy. The enjoyable reward is for you after the tedious task is completed.
- Get a second set of eyes involved [proofing, or a paperwork partner].
- Learn a new approach by reaching out. Ask someone else how they get the tasks done easily.
- Take a walk first. Return with a focus on doing that “thing.”
- In the bigger context of your life or work goals, why does this task matter? When you tie the task to something bigger, that gives you more motivation. [If I do this, it will help me in my volunteer or work because …. or if I teach my children this, it’s a life skill, not just a chore. Creativity is so impotant to me; if I do this, and can do it creatively, that will help me actually get it done, too!]
Sometimes, it’s too difficult with life changes or with ADHD to “just do it.” Sounds judgmental to me honestly. So, these are ways to be kind and compassionate with yourself. Make the task not quite as tedious or annoying, as some people say.
Need more ideas? Call or email for a conversation about how coaching can suit you. Sue@CoachSueWest.com or 603.554.1948. Text me at 603.765.9267. I’d enjoy hearing from you, so we can take the tedious right out of your life and move onto the things you really want to spend time on!
If you’re newly diagnosed or think you have ADHD, and you’re not quite sure you’re ready for individual coaching, try my self paced workbook; it comes with a 1/2 hour of time with me to help get you focused or choose which habit you’d like to work on first. See more about it here, including the table of contents. I’ve done a few inside peek videos, too; they’re here.