Don’t Like To Do Something? Then Don’t Do It!

All I have ever known is hard work. It started as a kid when I was:

  • attempting to perfect songs at piano lessons to prepare for recitals and/or exams
  • playing sports
  • washing dishes at a buffet restaurant, or working at a golf course

I was never the most talented at any of these things, but my hard work, dedication and commitment set me apart from others over the years.

My wife and decided to rip out our old flooring on the main level of our home in the spring of 2012, and replace it with new hardwoods. In the kitchen, the old hardwood came out rather easily, but underneath was a bit of a surprise! There were two layers of linoleum, with an unimaginable amount of staples still stuck in to the sub floor. As I hummed and hawed about actually getting down on my hands and knees to take out the staples, I had to take a moment to reflect and remind myself how I had completed many other undesirable tasks in the past.

There have been many projects that I have completed over the years, and during each journey wanted to quit many times. Below is some of the “fun” that I have engaged in:

  • I shovelled my two-story roof over a period of three days in hip deep snow. I would be up there for long periods of time, and even had to call my wife on a cell phone to pass me up food and water on occasion!
  • We decided to get smaller pieces of sod once when we cut down shrubs in our back yard, rather than the traditional long strips. This tripled my effort, but saved some money.
  • I tried to salvage my poorly finished basement ceiling, by scraping off very old stipple, and then tried to repaint it.
  • I removed a large flower bed of 10 to 20 lbs rocks to landscape the front of my house.
  • I painted the interior of my 900 square foot condo & the interior of my two-story 1700+ square foot primary residences, both in short turn around times.

Being in the sales profession for well over a decade now, things like call reporting (and using CRM software), forecasting & handling services issues were certainly not things that I jumped out of bed to do over the years. Early in my career, I was lucky enough to wrap my head around the fact that this was all part of the process. Keeping up with required tasks allowed me to focus on more enjoyable parts of the roles like engaging customers and making sales.

I suspect that you don’t want to be on your boss’ radar for becoming known as somebody who does not keep up with reporting and other administrative tasks. Make this part of your daily routine. Trust me from experience. DO NOT wait until Friday afternoon to do all of your administrative work for the week. Use it as a time to tie it all together.

Oh yeah, back to pulling out an “endless supply” of staples from my kitchen floor last spring. I just kept my head down, and pulled those staples out, no matter how much my body hurt, keeping the vision in my mind of how awesome our home would look when it was all done.

You can read all the books, and study all the theories about what motivates people to do what they need to do to be successful in life. But it all comes back to you – you and your will to get through the “not so fun tasks” is the key so you can look forward to the fun parts of your job and of your life.

Accomplishing a task is the satisfaction, and that is my primary goal every time I work towards completing something that I really do not want to do.

  • How do you motivate yourself to complete professional and personal tasks that you don’t like to do?
  • How deep do you have to dig when all you want to do is lie on the couch sometimes, and avoid all the undesirable things on your “To Do List?”
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About Tim Mushey

Dynamic and energized sales rep, mentor and leader since 1999. This blog will be about sales, social networking, personal branding, leadership, music and having some laughs! Don’t be surprised if I mix it up on occasion, and talk about something totally different! I thrive on being part of successful, forward thinking teams. I am ready to go from the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, with the expectation that new adventures will be coming my way. It is rare that there isn't a smile on my face, as I take it all in, and have some fun along the way!

Posted on November 12, 2013, in Sales and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I have been looking for an understanding of exactly why and what CRM is, and this helped me to make it more clear in my mind. I owned salesforce.com the company, so I investigated as a shareholder and found there were many competitors all doing similar things. I sold the stock and am glad I did, but still have wondered exactly how these databases function. Thanks, Tim. Also caught your speech at home and wished the take at Toastmasters had been a good one..congrats on a great speech and your award. A toast to you!

  2. Hey Pamela! Thanks for stopping by to make a comment. CRM has many different functions, but in its simplest form, is a place to store customer data, log opportunities and specific notes on each account. Everyone’s perception of this type of software is different, and I typically use it as a great organizational tool. Thanks for taking the time to look at my speech as well. I will be entering a contest again this fall, and be sure to have that one recorded. Stay in touch and all the best…

  3. Hey Tim! It’s funny you mention this. I recently reminded my wife that I agreed to landscape one yard, build one deck and finish one basement. It just so happened I have done all these on our current house, so if we move, I’m paying someone to do it!!

    Have a great day!

    • Hey Chris! I agree 100% that sometimes it is good to pay people to do work like that around the house. My wife and I have had many conversations about that before. I am just about to do some painting here, and a few other odds and ends. As much as I would like to pay people to do it right now, this time I am going to take the plunge!

      Now with a sales role, unfortunately we cannot pay people to do the stuff that we don’t want to do. It is our responsibility to keep up with all aspects of the job, or find a new profession!

      Have a great day as well…

  4. Sometimes, like you, the only way I can get through an unpleasant task is remembering the sense of satisfaction I feel when I see the finished project or end result. Oh .. and a small reward is also in order. I give myself some me time before jumping into the next challenge.

  5. Having done some remods myself, I relate entirely. My house is 50 plus years old and the wife and I always find new suprises! All you can do is keep your head down and keep at it!

    • Keeping your head down and plugging away is all that you can do! I start the next phase of sanding, prepping and painting tomorrow. Time to just get it all done. Thanks for taking the time to comment, and the follow!

  6. Cathy Berggren

    Tim,
    I love this! Growing up on a farm I can so relate on doing tasks that just needed to be done. Thanks!

    • You are welcome Cathy! I am sure growing up on the farm you were not a stranger to just getting things done that needed to be done! Great stuff. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hi Tim, I too love this post, you are so correct that we need to keep our head down and shoulder to the grind-stone to move forward. Self-motivation is what makes successful people stand out from the crowd!

  8. Hi Tim, still love this post… it is up to us and we are responsible for getting the job done. No one can do it for us. Have a great Tuesday!

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