We all have chores we need to do in our daily routine that probably aren't a lot of fun. However, they are necessary to allow our lives to continue in a stable manner.
Activities such as washing the dishes, fixing things, work activities, getting dressed and putting the children in the car to go somewhere, etc... are tasks that we cannot avoid.
The point is that each of us has to perform certain tasks daily and with habit, until the joy is lost. Perhaps we have begun to postpone certain tasks, to procrastinate. We probably have the impression that certain activities are anything but joyous, spoiling our good mood.
But nowhere is it written that it has to be like this!
In fact, it is possible to find joy even in the most mundane and everyday tasks. Exactly, cleaning the bathroom is really fun! (I'm kidding... or maybe not!)
So, today I decided to share with you some tricks that have helped me find joy in everyday tasks, and I hope they will be useful to you too to spice up your typical day a bit!
Some ideas on how to enjoy daily tasks:
1. Combine daily homework with a fun activity
If the mundane activity you need to do doesn't require excessive concentration, try combining it with something you enjoy. An idea could be listening to music or your favorite podcast, lighting a scented candle or diffusing essential oils, or even calling a friend while you do your homework. Look for ways to make boring homework less boring and I can assure you that you will want to complete one task after another.
2. Turn homework into a game or personal challenge
If you really hate the task you have to do, try to make a game out of it by trying to get it done as fast as possible. Cleaning the bathroom, for example, can be an unappealing activity, but try setting a timer and see how long it takes you to clean and fix everything. If you are a person of a competitive nature, it could work for you too! It's a lot of fun trying to beat your personal best, and it sure helps you get things done faster.
3. Adopt a positive mindset
Changing your thoughts can help you as you go from "I have to do this..." to "I choose to do this...". A proactive approach certainly makes daily tasks less onerous.
4. Ask someone to accompany you
Doing things we don't like is definitely more fun when you're in good company! For example, one of the things that sometimes weighs heavily on me is studying. The days and days spent isolated in the books can be really thoughtful, but if instead of studying alone at home I go to the study hall with my other colleagues from the university, staying in the books becomes much more enjoyable. In addition, this allows me to compare myself with other people on the topics under study, helping me to better understand the topics.
5. Reward yourself when you finish the task
Maybe when you find yourself faced with mountains of dishes to wash and the kitchen to tidy up after dinner every night, after cleaning it's good and right to reward yourself with a piece of dark chocolate and 5 minutes of relaxation on the couch. Having some kind of reward helps you look beyond the task at hand and get things done when you really don't feel like it!
6. Enjoy a job well done
When you've finally finished your homework, take some time to savor what you've done. It can be a great feeling to get a job done and off your to-do list, especially when it's something you don't like to do. Congratulating yourself with a nice pat on the back helps you feel accomplished and perhaps less upset about having to do the same job the next time.
What is the job you hate doing the most? Let me know in the comments below!
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