Sports EquinoxOctober 15, 2019
What are you grateful for?October 17, 2019
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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.