More carrot, less stick: How to get through dreaded tasks

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Everyone has a few aspects of their work that they find agonizing — taxes, annual reviews… sometimes even co-op board meetings. So how do efficiency experts stay motivated enough to do the things they really would rather not?

Simple, says the Harvard Business Press: Reward yourself for doing that tasks you hate.

One way to do this is to save the fun aspects of your work until you’ve completed the arduous ones. Another is to promise yourself a reward that recharges both your body and your brain (Harvard suggests yoga or meditation; I think taking the cattle dog for a walk by the creek sounds pretty good). You also could literally pay yourself to finish the chores that bind you. Set up an account and pay into it every time you complete an especially challenging task. You could make it a savings account, an iTunes account or a gift card and set different dollar amounts to reflect the chore’s arduousness.

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