What are you doing right now – well obviously reading this, and I hope you are enjoying it. But later on today just take a moment to stop yourself at any point in the day and ask yourself this simple question
“Am I enjoying this moment?”
Now we all have to do loads of things that we can’t be bothered with, don’t like doing or whatever. But really you ought to think about those things a bit more. Sometimes we can spend more time doing those things than we actually spend doing the things we like. Go on think about it, pick up a pen and write a list of the things that pop into your head that you do time and again but hate doing. List the things you like doing. Now try to see where you could gain more balance and push yourself more to the likes column.
How much do you dislike doing a particular task?
Is it of the utmost importance?
Could it possibly be delegated to someone else?
Could you live without doing it?
Could you change the task in any way to make it less of a chore?
For example, I hate ironing. I know there are some who find it therapeutic and relaxing, but to me it is a chore from hell. I realised that I hated it so much I would wait till the pile of ironing got so big and we had nothing to wear before I would grudgingly tackle it. Then I’d spend hours chuntering away and gnashing my teeth as I ironed what seemed like acres of clothing.
I decided to make a few changes. Okay so we still need flat clothes and I can’t afford to send out the ironing (yet), but what I can do is really shake out the clothes when they come out the wash and hang them outside whenever possible, take the time to flatten things out when damp. When I do have ironing I do it as and when I am drying, that way there are only a few items to tackle. I don’t let it pile up anymore. I have a little pile of fun CDs in the kitchen that I play when I’m ironing, stuff that makes me sing along and want to dance. This makes the chore fun and lighthearted.
I have broken my chore down and made it almost enjoyable. Okay I still have to do it, but I’ve chiseled away at the task and made it better.
What can you do to make those chores better and easier?