Reward Yourself For Starting Difficult Tasks To Stay Motivated Enough To Finish Them

When you’ve finished all of the work you normally have to do and are left with only the toughest, most undesirable tasks left, consider rewarding yourself for mustering the effort to get started-it’ll go a long way towards making sure you’re content enough to finish the task at hand.

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The blog Dumb Little Man has a number of tips to help you get cracking on the hardest or most irritating tasks on your to-do list, but the notion of rewarding yourself for starting as opposed to finishing the work stood out. Sometimes it takes more effort to get motivated enough to start working than it does to keep working once you’re going — it might be worth giving yourself the extra cup of coffee or a longer lunch break just for starting a long project than waiting until you’ve finished it.

How do you motivate yourself to start difficult tasks, or the ones you hate doing but have to get done? Share your tips in the comments.

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