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5 Hacks to Finally Finish Your Most Dreaded To-Do List Item

5 Ways Of Tackling Dreaded Tasks

  1. Do it in another location. It may be what you need to shock you into action.
  2. Bribe yourself. Having something to look forward to can make unpleasant tasks more bearable.
  3. Acknowledge your fear of failure. Doing so makes taking the first steps of the task easier.
  4. Commit to doing at least 5 minutes of it. Momentum may drive you to keep working. It's also easier to do things if you know you can bail after a few minutes.
  5. Document your process. It keeps your mind occupied while you complete it and you can use the notes to outsource the task.

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5 Ways Of Tackling Dreaded Tasks

  1. Do it in another location. It may be what you need to shock you into action.
  2. Bribe yourself. Having something to look forward to can make unpleasant tasks more bearable.
  3. Acknowledge your fear of failure. Doing so makes taking the first steps of the task easier.
  4. Commit to doing at least 5 minutes of it. Momentum may drive you to keep working. It's also easier to do things if you know you can bail after a few minutes.
  5. Document your process. It keeps your mind occupied while you complete it and you can use the notes to outsource the task.

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