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How do you make unpleasant work easier?

Some of you know that I started my career as an accountant and (briefly) a college accounting professor. It was a career that I chose because it was practical and – no surprise here – was totally unfulfilling for someone who wanted to be a writer. However the skills I learned have served me well as an entrepreneur, particularly in the area of doing my own accounting and taxes.

But there’s a problem. I really hate accounting, bookkeeping and taxes. So I throw my records into a Rubbermaid bin and deal with them in January. Then I complain for a couple weeks, get my records in order, and vow that the next year will be better.

This year I’m doing something different. A friend of mine, ironically also a former accountant, have joined forces for “Get It Done Accounting Days.” Even though we live in different states, we commit to working for three hours a week at the same time. Misery loves company and we are both making progress. I would highly recommend implementing this buddy approach if there’s something you’ve been avoiding (personally or professionally).

Today, write about how you “get stuff done” when you don’t want to do it. What works and what doesn’t? Have you tried the buddy approach?

Sue Allen Clayton is a website content writer, author and speaker. She writes newsletters, website content and marketing materials for a wide range of businesses. Over her two decades as a professional writer, Sue has written several books, hundreds of newsletters and magazine articles, and thousands of blog posts.



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