Hate is a very strong way to describe how I feel, but when it comes to documentation… there is no other word that comes to mind… It is excrutiatingly painful to compose a single concise document that accurately conveys your message.
Compiling the necessary information to assemble a report, or an assessment is something that I love to do. There are some that shudder at the thoughts of starting a day with back to back meetings, but I feel fully engaged in the process, when my day starts full of meetings. Maybe it’s cause I like to talk to people, share ideas and problem solve, or maybe there is something wrong with me.
When all is said and done though, the report, presentation, or email still must be delivered. For me it is the longest and most mind numbing part of any assignment. I almost always procrastinate and end up rushing the documentation in the end.
As a leader it tends to be the easiest part of the job to delegate, but is definitley not the approach I want to take with my team… As I sit here and type this(instead of working on the assessment I have to deliver), a few thoughts come to mind on those tasks we all hate to do.
1. Take a break.
This might sound like more procrastination, but intentionally prepare to tackle the task at hand. Take a few moments to clear your head, grab a snack, or refill that coffee. Get away from your desk, and the blank document staring you in the face.
2. Ask for help
If there’s a task facing you that you are cringing at tackling, find someone that does a good job at it. Not everyone will have the time to drop everything and lend you a hand, but some just may offer enough inspiration to motivate you to start.
3. Make it a challenge
One trick that I’ve used in the past with some success, is to only ‘reward’ myself once the task reaches a specific milestone. For example: Only taking a break once first draft of the document is done.
I find that it helps to also remind myself often, that if I do this now, I won’t have to think about it again(until next time at least)
4. Just do it
You’ve procrastinated long enough. It’s time to just get to it. The clothes will not fold themselves, the dishes will not magically clean themselves, that document will not write itself, etc…
Often the hardest part of any task is just getting started.
So, those are just a few tricks that I use to help me get through difficult tasks. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means.
I would love to hear what’s worked for you, so feel free to leave a comment below.
Now, I gotta get back to the task at hand.
Till next time.