How To Survive Doing Boring Work

Published: May 8, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

Practically every workplace and job has something boring about it, so from time to time we all have to endure trying to muster the motivation to do a task that sends us to sleep.  Unfortunately this is when procrastination often kicks in, and in most cases the boring work has gotta be done – like it or not!  So what can you do to get motivated and through these tasks more quickly?

3 Tips To Motivate You

If you want to get the boring stuff out of the way pronto so that you can get back to liking your job, and enjoying your day, here are 3 simple steps you can take right now to survive the boring work: –

1.  Break It Down

Seeing a big boring project or day-long task in it’s entirety ahead of you can be enough to make a grown man cry, so instead of trying to find the motivation to do the whole job, break the task down into smaller chunks so that it becomes more palatable.

For example – instead of trying to work out how you’re going to face entering an entire year’s worth of expenses onto a database, break the task down into months and plan your time accordingly so that you’re not focusing on the entire year.  This won’t make the task more enjoyable, but it will make it more manageable which will help you get through it more quickly.

2.  Sell It To Yourself

If you were trying to convince someone else to do this work for you what would you say?  Why is this work important?  Play salesman and remind yourself of what getting this job done means to the bigger picture.  Just because the task is tedious doesn’t mean it’s not important.

3.  Match Your Energy Levels

If you’re a morning person, don’t leave these tedious tasks until your tired and flagging in the afternoon because you’ll find it even more difficult to muster up the motivation to do them.   Work with your energy levels and schedule time in your diary to do the boring work when you’re at your most alert – you’re likely to get the job done much more quickly and effectively as a result.

What do you do to get through the boring stuff more quickly? Post a comment below – I’d love to know what works for you…

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting and Busy Working Mumma. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com


Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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