The mind trick to make chores more enjoyable

There are days where it just feels hard to carry out our activities and complete daily tasks as needed. When this occurs, it may be helpful to ask yourself this mindset-changing question from Tim Ferriss’ Tribe of Mentors:

“What would this look like if it were easy?”

The productivity guru said we sometimes perceive problems as unnecessarily difficult, leading us towards paths of most resistance.

“But what happens if we frame things in terms of elegance instead of strain? Sometimes, we find incredible results with ease instead of stress,” he explained.

“Sometimes, we “solve” the problem by completely reframing it.”

What does easy look like? For Money.com’s Nina Semczuk, things are easier when they are fun.

To achieve this, Semczuk combines “hideously boring” chores such as grocery shopping and laundry with enjoyable things such as seeing friends, bike riding and dancing.

However, be careful of your budget when pairing these activities – for example, balancing your books while dining out at an upscale restaurant is probably not the greatest idea.

“It takes a bit more creativity to find strategic options that hit all three criteria: fun, easy, and aligned with your goals, but once you do, you’ll not only feel excited to get those tedious tasks completed, you’ll do it knowing you stayed true to your goals,” she wrote.

This article originally appeared on Over60.