I LOVE what I do! In fact, one of the reasons I enjoy being a business owner is having almost complete control over the work I do and how I do it.
BUT... Even I have to admit that sometimes I'm faced with tasks that just don't juice me. That the mere thought of doing them makes me want to do pretty much anything else – clear out the linen press, clean the ceiling fans, drink mud...

Take today. I have a report I need to write. It's important for my business, but... YAWWWWWWWN!

So whenever this happens I have a simple three step process that really helps and that I hope might be useful for you too.

1)     Act now. If you have a boring, difficult, or unpleasant job that needs to be done, in most cases, putting it off isn't going to make it exciting, easy, or agreeable. On the other hand, getting it done always brings a feeling of satisfaction – even if it's only that you don't have to think about it anymore!

2)     Change your setting. 
Personally I find a change in geography can make a huge difference. It's my take on the old cliché that a change is as good as a holiday. Don't sit down and try to do the task at your usual workspace, find somewhere different. For example, it's a beautiful day today so I've chosen my folks' pool for the setting to write my boring report. But it doesn't have to be a pool, it may be a park, your back deck, even just a different room of your home or office. Give it a try and see what a difference it makes.

3)     Change your mood.
 Although it doesn't always feel like it, we are actually in control of our mood and emotional state. Quite simply, what you choose to focus on is what you will feel. So acknowledge the mood your feeling in response to the task – bored, confused, grudging etc, but don't stay there!! Decide how you would prefer to feel about the task. Once you've decided, totally focus on how you can achieve that feeling instead. So for example instead of feeling bored about writing my report, I'd like to feel excited. So I'm focussing on ways that I can look at the report, and the outcomes from it, that could be exciting. This involves changing the language I'm using to describe the task. I'm also focussing on and even visualising how good it's going to feel when the report is done. You only need to take a few minutes doing this and I can promise you they'll be very productive minutes compared to the time you're wasting complaining, procrastinating and slogging through. Just make sure it's high quality focus!

Next time you're faced with a work task that in totally uninspiring, follow my 3 step process and see if it works for you.  It's super easy. It's fast. It doesn't cost anything. And it works!

Ok, I had better get cracking on this awesome report I'm looking forward to preparing. I'm actually really excited to share these results with my fellow shareholders, so I'll smash it out quickly and reward myself with a nice dip in the pool!

Stay fabulous,