Workmen models

Enjoying the grind

In the “How to love your work” flow-chart there’s the question about learning to love the work you would rather not do.  In a previous post I addressed how you might learn to love the work that needs you to do it, but you find it boring or annoying.  And we have to recognise that there may still be some bits that are very hard to love.  So here are some tips to make even those tasks more fun.

Mindful is peaceful

Learning to notice new things about the work can be helpful in taming your irritation with it.  That might be anything from marveling at the myriad bubbles in the washing-up water, to observing the intricate patterns created by the grass before you cut it.  Or in an office environment, you might notice the grain of the paper an invoice you have to input is printed on, or the feel of a new pen in your fingers.

Noticing these tiny details can make even the most boring of tasks quite fascinating.

Mapping the energy

Try to find the small similarities between the things you don’t enjoy and those you do.  For example, if you hate cold-calling (who doesn’t?) but you love getting loads of likes on your social media posts, you might start thinking about how to chat to your prospect in a way that they’ll ‘like’ your words.  Or maybe doing your accounts might be like getting an engineering project to fit together neatly.

Then you can take the positive energy of the thing you like, and map it across onto the thing you’d rather not be doing.

It’s all a game

Marketers have worked out that they can get us to do all sorts of things that don’t necessarily serve our best interests if they challenge us to a game.  The key element of that is to get us keeping score – and more importantly, encouraging us to keep at it, beating our previous personal best.

So think about what you could score yourself on – maybe the number of invoices entered into your accounts, or (here’s a big one that we all put off all the time), the number of business cards you can get into your CRM system (and how soon after meeting someone).  This works well for supposedly unpleasant things like sales call too.

I once had to make sales calls for an events company I was working with, and I simply set myself an hourly target for number of calls and number of positive responses.  And whenever I hit the target, I increased the target by one.  I got pretty good at sales calls as a result and, more importantly, I found it rather fun to keep exceeding my own expectations.

Change your mindset

In the end, it’s all about how you choose to feel about these supposedly unpleasant tasks.  Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission”.  And that is true of how you feel about any situation. It may feel like your reaction is something you can’t do anything about, but, you are choosing how you feel every time.  It’s just that for some things the feeling you choose is such an ingrained habit, it might take a bit of work to consistently choose something else.


If you have any other suggestions for how to make the tasks you would rather not have to do more pleasant, I would love to hear them – just add a comment below.


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About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of Joyful Genius Coaching, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The A to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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