The weekend is nearly upon us and for some that means a little lay-in, a slower pace and overall switch off.
For others life goes on. The weekend is when Mount Washmore is tackled, floors are mopped, life organised and it is all about the reboot to start another week in two days and counting.
Those mundane jobs don’t have to be so bad, I promise. OK, they are a little shit but perhaps try adding these 5 things to change the way you go about your day.Music on, music loud
1. Music on, music loud
Music can switch a mood in a flash. It can make you move faster…or slower (beware of that one). Put on some dance tracks and get going. Not only are you exercising but of course you are singing and smiling too.
2. Take it outside
Whatever you are up to, can you take it outside? Most likely the answer is yes.
I have plenty-a-time packed up my office and set myself up in a sunny spot outside. I can also often be found folding all my clothes on the outdoor table.
Taking those mundane tasks outside can also allow you to do them in peace if you have small children in the house. My two can very easily be distracted with the sandpit and trampoline. Being outdoors can refresh everyone.
3. Reward each tick
Just call me the Queen of Procrastination because, damn, I’m good at it.
When I need to get those small, annoying jobs ticked off my to do list I can sometimes do everything but. To stop procrastinating and get on with the jobs I will give myself a reward for each tick off my list.
That second cup of tea… not until I have cleared my emails.
An episode of OITNB… once I have made all the beds and put a load of washing on.
It’s a mission in itself and one that works well if you dig carrots (in the pole and string kind of way)
4. Get everyone involved
Many hands make light work… It’s just getting those hands interested in helping.
Making a game out of a job around the house can spark interest from my pre-schooler.
Cleaning up toys around the backyard or the house: use a basket as home-base and have a race who can pick up 5 things and get back to home-base fastest. Each time switch up how many things have to be brought back or make it that they must all be a certain colour. Before you know it (and them too) the floor is clean and everything is in “home-base”.
Also, don’t underestimate what your child can do too. I often prefer just to get the job done by doing it fast myself (see number 5) but handing my 4-year-old the swisher mop and get him to go around the floors is character building (for both of us).
5. Go hard!
Be like Nike and just get on with it. If you go hard and stay focused on a reasonable to-do list those shitty tasks will be done and dusted in far less time than you think.
Going hard often works well combined with number 1. Get on the mission, get it done and then ring a girlfriend to meet for lunch (a big reward)!
Do you have any tips to keeping on task without getting bored?