CARE- How to ENJOY any chore or task

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Do you ever have those days where you wake up, knowing the only things on the agenda are things you've been putting off all week (...or month)? I let my really undesirable tasks pile up, so when I have a day at home, my 'to do' list includes such gems as 'pay bills,' 'respond to emails,' 'do (10) loads of laundry,' 'give the dogs a bath,' etc. Usually, I dread these days, but, unable to fight the urge to be productive, I tackle them anyway and check things off my list one by one. On a particularly cold and rainy day a month ago, I picked up my to do list and thought "today is the day I spice things up!" And I've been looking forward to my task-heavy days at home ever since.  For me, all it took was two simple additions, and I bet if you give these a try, you'll find your chores immensely more enjoyable!

1. Pull out that overpriced, luxurious candle you've been saving (or splurge on a new candle with an amazing scent). Any candle will do, really, but if it's one that you only light when company is over, save for bubble-baths, or in any other way feels special, all the better. Light it. Park it somewhere nearby where you can see it and smell it. Spend a moment enjoying it.

2. Next, put on some music. Determine what type of mood you WANT to be in while you complete your first task. I like to choose a really upbeat playlist (dance or workout mixes) while I do laundry.. nothing wrong with busting a move while sorting loads. And for computer work that requires more concentration, I opt for some slower, more folksy jams. I tend to change playlists for each task, just to keep it exciting and to keep the energy varied. 

Easy, right? But so effective. Try implementing these two task-day tools, and let us know if you have other go-to methods for making chores and tasks more enjoyable. 

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