Life & Stuff, Writing Tips

How to Do a Boring Task Effectively

I have quite a few things in my life that are “boring” to do, but nonetheless, they need to be done. We all have those tasks, right? For me, it’s writing pieces that aren’t in my niche (topics that I love) and editing my writing extensively – these are my biggest boring tasks that I HAVE to do.

So, the other day, I wrote out a few ways I could make these boring tasks a little less boring, and a lot easier to tackle. And so, I thought I’d share it with you guys…

Here are a few ways that you can make a boring task more manageable:

  • Change up your environment – move around, change sitting positions, face a different way, etc.
  • Give yourself rewards for reaching milestones – like a YouTube video break after editing a chapter, or a coffee break when you’ve written a boring piece, or TV watching permission
  • Listen to music (using headphones helps me to concentrate better as well, rather than playing the audio out loud)
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Change up the way you do it, e.g. the layout or where you start from; think outside the box
  • Use headphones to help you zone in
  • Look good doing it!
  • Take breaks (regularly, of course, but don’t get silly; like don’t take a break after every paragraph or it won’t get done!)
  • Break it down into smaller chunks – like instead of writing or editing a whole chapter, do it scene by scene; or reading a boring text? Don’t do a whole chapter or the whole book, just say “I’ll read 3 pages” or whatever is smaller
  • Don’t spread out the task, whack it out in smaller timeframes – I used to do a boring piece of work once a day, but that just made my whole week boring. Now, I whack out two days (or three if I don’t finish it) of the boring tasks, leaving the other days to do the fun stuff!
  • Have a work buddy
  • Do your work outdoors
  • If you are a remote worker, change where you work from – coffee shops, libraries, home, friend’s house, park, living room, bedroom, kitchen, garden, and so on

 

Good luck!

SRC x


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