Last Sunday while I was doing my weekend writing and organizing so that I’d be ready for the challenges of this week, I was chomping at the bit to go pick up a piece of furniture for my dining room. Instead of heading out the door to get the marble topped dresser, I decided to use that task as a reward for finishing my writing and organizing. I chose to work first instead of doing what I really wanted to do. If I’d done the fun task first it would have been VERY difficult to come home and buckle down to work that required mental energy and focus.
Is there a difficult task that you’d really like to get done? Tax preparation, for example. Set a goal for what you’d like to get done. Then, find a reward that you can use as a motivator. The more difficult the task, the better the reward must be. Using a 15 minute walk around the block as the carrot on the stick to get you to attack the annoying and anxiety provoking task of tax preparation is not likely to motivate you to start the task much less complete it. What would motivate you? A night on the town with a loved one? Purchasing a new piece of software? You decide.