Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Struggling with Tasks That You Don’t Want To Do? Try These 7 Tips.

June 28th, 2016

Episode 298 of 473 episodes

How many times each day do you try to work yourself up to tackle some undesirable task? If you’re like me – several times. For instance, I’ve been refining my Four Tendencies Quiz. Almost 500,000 people have taken the quiz — which is extraordinary — and I’ve made adjustments to it, along the way, to make it better. Analyzing the Quiz results takes a very different kind of brain work from the kind that I usually do — and it’s not the kind of brain work I like to do. And so I put off that work, and put it off, and put it off. And then when I finally do the work, I get through it quickly and am so relieved to have it done. So why procrastinate? If you face a similar struggles, try these strategies: 1. Put yourself in jail. If you’re working on something that’s going to take a long time, and you have the urge to try to rush, or to feel impatient, pretend you’re in jail. If you’re in jail, you have all the time in the world. You have no reason to hurry, no reason to cut corners or to try to do too many things at ... The post Struggling with Tasks That You Don’t Want To Do? Try These 7 Tips. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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