Looking Forward to the Result

Cleaning supplies on a counter

I was planning my day the other morning and trying to figure out how to motivate myself to clean the house, do laundry, and dishes. I feel the same way about things like getting my tax stuff together for the accountant. These are things that need to get done, but I really don’t enjoy doing them. How can I motivate myself to not procrastinate on all of these?

It occurred to me that I really like when the house is clean, when the dishes are done, and when my closet and dresser drawers are full of clean close for me to choose from. I also like to get my tax refund. What I need is a mind shift.

I started thinking about how good the house will look when it’s clean, how much better it is for my mental and physical health when there’s less clutter, how much better I feel when the dust and ridiculous quantities of dog hair have been been vacuumed up. With that focus in mind, it was a lot easier for me to get to work cleaning and getting laundry done. Was it fun? No. Was it great to have it done (or at least better than it was)? Absolutely.

Sometimes you can’t make tasks fun. Sometimes you just have to do them. Focusing on the benefits of having it done, and having it done sooner rather than later can ease the pain of having to do it at all.

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