Think of something you really dislike doing.
Which task do you resent the most?
Which thing do you cringe away from whenever you see it on your to-do list?
Now, let’s pretend that this thing on your list is indeed something that you have to do.
(What I mean by that is that there are lots of things – lots and lots and lots of things – that you think you have to do, but don’t really have to do at all. But, that’s a conversation for another time.)
So, getting back to it.
That thing you hate? The one that makes you want to burrow under the covers and eat cookies so you don’t have to deal with it?
Let’s talk about that thing.
Your thing might be phone calls. Maybe you really, really dislike returning phone calls. Or maybe it’s anything to do with taxes, or the DMV, or, I don’t know, maybe your thing has to do with having hard conversations or being interviewed on video or pressing “publish” on a blog post.
For me, it’s going to the post office. I can’t explain it, but going to the post office is perhaps my least favorite task. Every time it’s on my to-do list, I put it off. EVERY FREAKIN TIME.
If you are waiting for something in the mail from me, you should just expect that it will be late. It will always be late, because the thought of packaging the item (do I have a box? tape?), addressing it, taking it to the post office, standing in line, answering questions about the contents – it all makes me irrationally crazy. And heaven forbid I’m shipping internationally and am asked to fill out a customs form. OH MY GOD.
But, okay, this isn’t just a rant about the post office. (Although, feel free to join in on that, ha.)
My point here is that we all have things that we dislike doing, but I have recently found that there’s a simple two-step approach to make these things less hellish.