It’s all in the mindset — one way to do things you don’t want to
I hate cleaning.
I’m using the word hate about something that’s good for me. Cognitive dissonance at its best — I like clean, I just don’t like getting there. But random strangers cleaning my bathroom I like even less.
Enter problem-solving approach number one: seek advice.
The Harvard Business Review had a lot of suggestions. The one I took was “pairing unpleasurable activities with pleasurable ones to boost your overall mood.” That sounded workable, and it fit another challenge I had — never having the time to listen to podcasts.
So I found a podcast and then listened while I cleaned.
That worked. For a while. But bit by bit the toil caught up to me.
I still didn’t like cleaning, and listening to the podcast didn’t boost my motivation enough.
I powered through, thinking I might just be tired, that maybe I had the wrong podcast. But every week the drudgery became harder, more depressing. Nothing worked.
Until I realised I had the mindset back to front.
I was trying to boost my mood while cleaning — which meant starting from a low point. But if I started with something I wanted to do, I came from a high point. And if I just happened to be doing something with my hands…
Now I listen to a podcast, and I just happen to be cleaning at the same time.
Semantics? Maybe. But the way you think about whatever you’ve doing makes a difference.
Now I look forward to the weekend’s podcast, and if the house just happens to get clean at the same time — that’s a bonus.