Thursday, 30 July 2009

Sew Fun

I finally brought out the sewing machine I got for Christmas and my friend Astrid showed me how to use it. My barrier had been that I didn't know how to thread it, but that has now been overcome. Here's to many happy sewing projects.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Annoying tasks and giant calculators

I like to think that I am very efficient, but have realised that I am mainly efficient when I am passionate about what I am working on. I have problems confronting tasks that are boring, or worse, annoying. They fall to the bottom of my pile until they become urgent, at which time they become less boring. In order to get motivated to do annoying tasks I have to trick myself to think they are fun. For example, when I do anything involving budgets or expenses, my team has a giant calculator we all use for such occasions. A giant calculator makes doing budgeting almost fun. It made doing my taxes a regular riot.

Spreadsheets are another thing that nearly kill me everytime I open one up. In order to do the work I'm asigned that often requires Excel, I simply put everything in cool colour schemes. This makes me get excited to use the spreadsheets, which is good, since I have to use them.

Anyone else have ways you motivate yourself to do boring or annoying tasks?
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