Getting into the right frame of mind

All work isn’t created equal.

There are difficult tasks and easy tasks.

There are tasks that you can execute quickly and others that may take a long time.

Some tasks might require more brainpower or physical energy than others.

For some tasks – namely the difficult ones that require brainpower and may take a long time – being in the right frame of mind is crucial.

Take blogging, for instance. If I’m not in “writing mode,” it’s really difficult for me to crank out a blog post. I’ll procrastinate and the thought of writing will stress me out all day. And when I do sit down and write, it usually isn’t my best work.

Or working out at the gym. If my head isn’t into it, my workout will suck.

I’m not sure of the best way to get into the right frame of mind when I’m not into it.

Sometimes I’ll look for another less difficult task to execute.

Other times I just have to barrel through the original task and get it done. Many times that’s better than not completing the task at all.

Regardless, being in the right frame of mind makes things so much clearer and easier.

How do you get into the right frame of mind when you’re not in the mood to complete a task?

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