Trick for doing onerous tasks

Sunday, September 27, 2009

So this is probably not new, but since I'm using my trick today, I thought I'd share it.
When I have to do something I don't want to (like grading the HUGE stack of papers that accumulated when I was sick), this is what I do.

Half Hour on/Half Hour Off - I set my kitchen timer to 1/2 hour and make myself stay at the table correcting for the full time. When the timer goes off, I set it for 1/2 hour and do other tasks. These aren't usually fun, but they seem fascinating as an alternative! I do things like cleaning the house, doing the laundry, etc. If I'm really good, I even may get to "spark" for a few minutes!

You must understand, I'm not a fan of house cleaning, but I find when I have something I MUST get done, I have the most creative mind for finding other things that are even more critical - like cleaning the corners of the floor with a toothbrush!

Hope you're all having a great day and that you're on your way to your goals.

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    LOL!! I think this is a GREAT tip! You should also submit it as a "Spark Secret"! Really! (If you haven't already.)
    3974 days ago
    Oh, Girls! You have helped me this morning. 5 classes of kids...150 essays to grade before Monday. I've to get started NOW. Timer...half on half off. Here I go...
    4189 days ago
    I do a similar thing when grading papers (a task which I do not enjoy at all!). I tell myself that for every 10 or 20 papers (depending on my mood) I will do 15 - 20 minutes of something fun. I like the idea of the timer though because sometimes the time of fun can extend just a tad! emoticon Have a great week!
    4327 days ago
    This is a great idea. So simple appealing to my sense of fun and at the same time sticking to the task at hand. Thank you!! emoticon
    4327 days ago
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