Motivate Yourself To Do The Dishes With A Cocktail

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I hate doing dishes more than any other chore but, due to my line of work and lack of dishwasher, I end up doing more than the average person. To overcome my utter disdain for donning dish gloves and standing in front of a sink, I motivate myself with a cocktail.

Take note, I do not drink the cocktail before the dishes are done. I simply make one - either a drink that is served up or on a large rock - then place it on a ledge near the sink so I can see it while I'm washing up. Then I put on the gloves and start washing, and I do so quite quickly, because I want to drink my beverage before it warms too much. Could I drink my drink with dish gloves on? Yes, but I risk dripping dish water on myself or - much worse - in my drink. I could also take the gloves off, but putting wet gloves back on is also kind of annoying. So instead I power through, washing the dishes as fast as my oddly-small hands can, then enjoy the cocktail as a reward.

Of course, you don't have to use a cocktail as motivation, you could use a cookie or a piece of good cheese or any sort of treat you choose. I do, however, find the threat of dilution by melting ice cube to be a particularly strong motivator, but you do you.


    Just from my point of view motivating yourself to do simple household tasks probably isn't a good thing. Though it would be good for an alcoholic.


      This is how you create dependencies and Addicitions.

      At first it starts with "Well if i do the dishes i can reward myself with a drink"

      then it becomes "I cant do the dishese unless i have a drink"

      Not being able to read comments on articles like this is why I don't read Gizmodo any more.

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