I’ve been looking through old threads for people’s ways of dealing with one-off tasks that you don’t want to do, and thinking about it myself. Here’s my perhaps too-brief summary of ways of dealing with them:
To be clear, I’m not really talking about tasks with externally imposed deadlines here, nor huge long-running projects, just tasks I don’t want to do!
- GTBee: basically a list of tasks you commit to do in x days, or pay y dollars
- pick priority tasks in advance and have a goal for doing x priority tasks per week (or aversive tasks, say)
- variant: https://blog.beeminder.com/mustdo/ (tip from alys: pick things that are not difficult but you procrastinate about)
- split up painful tasks into smaller pieces – how can you start on it?
- track time spent on it (conventional timer not tagtime – assuming this task is really a task rather than some big project)
- think consciously about whether your aversions make any sense, CBT-style
- add ‘fake’ deadlines
- put reminders in your own way until the annoyance of the reminders themselves make you do it
- commits.to (still active / successful experiment?)
- have a goal for total number of priority / aversive goals in your backlog (I know dreev doesn’t like this, I suspect he’s right)
Sorry for not crediting everybody or linking threads, I didn’t really realize I was going to post this in this form until I’d written it down already.
More ideas / elaboration welcome of course
Irony: I’m posting this in part because I have a goal that made me do it! (whittle-down goal to clear out an old list that has quite a few tasks that weren’t properly in “next action” form)