That simple trick has to do with, for lack of a better word, tricking your brain.
Because your brain knows what it likes, and you can use that to your advantage.
The next time you’re confronted with a task that you hate, pair it with something you love.
For me, it’s listening to music or podcasts.
This activity, without fail, brings me joy.
And if I can’t look forward to doing the dishes, I most certainly can look forward to listening to an educational podcast.
Learning is something I value over almost everything else.
I believe that if I’m not learning, I’m dying.
I’ll sometimes put reading over eating for the day.
And so I’ve learned to use this to my advantage.
Now, instead of thinking, Oh no, I have to do the dishes, I think, Yes, I get to listen to one of my favorite podcasts.
This is a pretty privileged position to be in, I get that.
Not everyone has access to this kind of luxury in their lives, and I’m very grateful I can even pair activities in this way.
But there are other things you can do as well when you’re struggling to do something you hate:
- You could pair dancing with making the bed.
- You could pair singing with taking a shower.
- You could pair listening to music with folding laundry.
- You could pair having a favorite tv show in the background with cooking.
You know what you love and what you hate.
Put the two together the next time you’re stuck.
It’s surprisingly effective once you know what motivates you.