Rewarding Triumph Over Tedious Tasks

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Menial tasks – errands, preparing copies for meetings, updating databases, compiling spreadsheets, typing meeting notes, and the list goes on – aren’t how any of us want to spend our time.

Yet, no matter what level of business you are is in; chances are you need to do some from time to time.

Want to know how I get through it?

I use a simple program learned years ago thanks to the Harvard Business Review: I reward myself.

And I do it in different ways to keep it fresh. There are several ways to approach this, but some I find best are:

  • A regenerative reward: doing something that makes your mind and body feel good like stretching, taking yourself out to lunch, et al.
  • A productive reward: doing something that makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something beyond the menial task such as moving a meeting to a great lunch spot or cleaning out your desk.
  • A concurrent reward: this is where you reward yourself DURING the actual task, often because it is so boring and tedious. I do this by flipping on the TV or turning on some sweet ‘90s jams.
  • A cumulative reward: yes, you can even create a point system and reward yourself into that system accordingly. A great example would be re-loading a gift or coffee card for yourself as you rack up points.
Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
Senior Account Executive Alison has a lot to say…about pretty much everything...all the time. From the current state of public relations to the social media impact on Shark Week to crisis communications in the sports world, Alison’s blogs are focused on “amusing through her PR musings,” and then some. Check out Alison's full bio

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