Improve Your Productivity: Attack Your 'Hate To Do' List

One sure way of to improve your productivity is to understand your "hate to do" list. What is your hate to do list? Basically, these are things you don’t like to do, or things that make you feel uneasy. It can be something like calling a nasty client or setting a meeting with a colleague that does not like you.


1. We All Have Them

Do not feel bad you have a hate to do list. We all have them and there is nothing wrong with having this list. The important thing is as you gain experience, hopefully the hate to do list gets shorter. You will gain wisdom to know how to deal with these things you hate now. To make the list shorter, you have to do them as experience is the best teacher.

2. It’s A Source Of Stress

Your hate to do list is a source of stress as it will keep bugging you till you do it. It is something that hangs above your head and you cannot get rid of. It’s something you need to do and you might just as well start attacking it. It holds you back and you do not even realize it. Once you start, you will immediately feel relieved and you stay focused better, hence helping to improve your productivity.

3. It Will Keep Piling

The longer you drag in doing it, the more it will pile up. Eventually, you will still have to do it. It really makes no sense to delay something you have to do, because it is a source of stress and in the long run you want to know how to deal with it. Best advice? Start working on them and see how you can improve your productivity.

4. It Will Slow You Down

How will it slow you down? In all likelihood, you will create excuses on why you should not work on this list. You will find the elusive better time, telling yourself you have a valid reason for not doing it. But they are all just excuses if you were brutal with yourself. It’s just a delaying technique. If you don’t start, this will just weigh you down. How can you improve your productivity in that case?

5. How Do You Do It?

This list is not likely to be very long in the first place. It is likely two to three items you do not particularly enjoy doing. Within it, there will be subsections. Divide them out into smaller sections then. Once you have divided them into smaller chunks, do the easier ones first. The idea is to get into the momentum and let the action gain traction. You will feel a little better and as you do, you will do more. What if it cannot be broken into smaller chunks? Like having a meeting with a colleague you do not like? Well, then the good news is it is only one meet. Focus on the work needed and what the completion of the work can do for your career. Meanwhile, figure out how you can bring the animosity to a closure.

6. Why Do Them If You Hate Them?

Does it make sense to force yourself to do something that you dislike? Well, if you have a choice, of course you need not do them. But even CEOs have hate to do list. Can one then delegate this? Of course you can. But you will never be better at your work. There will always be that something that is sort of your Achilles’ heel... somewhat of a weakness that will someday catch up on you. Besides, people in the office will soon figure out you are always delegating things you hate to do. How far will that bring you in your career? Or your likability factor? Photo Credit: Shutterstock

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Cam submitted. He's been working at a job for awhile, but recently overheard a hiring manager making fun of a candidate with autism right after an interview-not only awkward, but VERY unprofessional!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

Starting a family is one of the biggest milestones in a person's life. It's in those first few months when a parent can really bond with their newborn and make lifelong memories. However, for some new dads, it can be difficult to juggle being a new parent while remaining dedicated to their career.

Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

SHOW MORE Show less

There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

SHOW MORE Show less

Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if a recruiter called you a day EARLY for your phone interview (and you were NOT PREPARED!)

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less