Guest post by Matt Avery
Finding ways of making even the most mundane tasks fun is an important part of the process of maximizing your happiness. By developing creative ways of overcoming, or reframing the unavoidable but boring elements of your life so that you actually look forward to them, and even learn to love doing them, you can dramatically transform a large part of your life.
Trying to avoid life’s less glamorous and exciting but nonetheless fundamental aspects is a mug’s game, since it almost inevitably leads to prevarication and procrastination. In other words, the boring parts of your everyday life cannot be avoided, they can only be postponed.
It is far better; then, not to delay them (which doesn’t get them out of your hair anyway and simply leaves them hanging over you, a depressing thought whenever you are reminded of them), but to tackle them head-on, and to do so in such a way as to make them fun.
The most important factor in achieving this is that you don’t need any external stimulus to make it happen. Your imagination, and your anticipation of the future, enjoyable events is all that is required – that, and remembering to do it!
The next time you find yourself faced with a mundane task, make a conscious effort to spend the time either anticipating some future event or occasion to which you are looking forward, or else to allow your imagination to wander anywhere that will make you happy. And if you complete a mundane task and realise that you haven’t spent the time in enjoyable thoughts, try finding a way to trigger them the next time around.
It is impossible to escape the mundane but necessary tasks that we are faced with every day, but it is possible to transform them into occasions that make us happy. By changing our mindset so that we no longer view mundane tasks as boring, but instead begin to see them as occasions we can enjoy, and in which can make us happy, we can both eradicate events that might otherwise have threatened our good mood and, at the same time, create new instances of enjoyment.
Trying to stem the tide of boring tasks in your life is rather like trying to push a pebble uphill with your nose! You can sustain it for a while, but it is impossible to get very far, and when you look back at your efforts you will probably wonder why you ever tried in the first place.
Instead, it is far better to accept the inevitable to your advantage, by transforming the mundane, everyday tasks in your life into occasions to be looked forward to, savoured and even looked back on with fondness.
Matt Avery is a successful life coach and mentor, whose tried and tested methodologies have been helping people to achieve genuine, lasting happiness for more than a decade.
His book, The Secrets of Happy People, reveals the 50 things you need to know to feel more fulfilled, experience more joy and spend more time doing things that make you happy. Some will surprise you, and all will inspire you. Put these 50 simple strategies together and you have a great recipe for a better life, a formula that will unlock the secrets and uncover your potential.
You can purchase a copy of this book by visiting Management Books, Australia’s leading business bookstore.