It’s almost guaranteed that no one out there really enjoys doing the household chores too much. With the possible exception of people like Marie Kondo.
Household chores are often irritating, stressful, and frustrating in a variety of different ways – but they nonetheless need to get done in order to prevent things from becoming messy, chaotic, and topsy-turvy.
Luckily, there are various things you can do in order to help yourself to get through your household chores with less stress. Here are a few tips.
Focus on tackling one task at a time, and reward yourself for getting things done
If you need to declog a drain or deal with some other task that you’re not looking forward to – and especially if that task is likely to involve various different steps that need to be broken down into sub-tasks – it can be difficult enough to work up the motivation to get going.
But if you have those chores to deal with, plus a dozen other chores as well, things can and do frequently end up feeling totally overwhelming.
The only way to go is to focus on tackling one task at a time, while doing your best to ignore the rest altogether until their turn comes.
Then, you should also reward yourself for getting those individual tasks completed – especially the ones that you find most frustrating.
If you can motivate yourself to just move forward and maintain momentum task by task, you may find the time ends up racing by and you get a lot more done than you thought you would.
Use music or audiobooks as an incentive to deal with the chores, and as a way to make the process more fun
One good thing about a lot of routine household chores, is that they don’t require a huge amount of focus or attention – just work.
Although this is usually a recipe for a task being boring and unfulfilling, in the case of chores it means that you can listen to music, audiobooks, or podcasts while you work, and can use them as incentives for getting started.
If you tell yourself that you’re going to listen to that comedy podcast you’ve really been looking forward to, or that you’ll play your favourite playlist while you work, the process will become much more fun.
Use a to-do list program that helps you to feel a sense of accomplishment when you cross items off
It’s important to feel a sense of accomplishment when you cross chores off your to-do list. Not only does it help you to build momentum and to feel more motivated in the present, it also helps to reduce stress about the overall process of getting things done.
These days, there are all sorts of cool and highly functional to-do list programs out there that can help you to structure your tasks and projects effectively, while also helping you to feel an extra sense of accomplishment when you get those chores out of the way.