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At tax time, do the dreaded tasks!

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As much as you dislike preparing your taxes to beat the April 15 deadline, consider it a springboard to conquer other dreaded tasks. Whether you hate conducting performance reviews, initiating disciplinary matters or scrutinizing mounds of paperwork, the time is now to get it done.

If you're like most people, you give your dreaded job responsibilities way too much thought. You dwell on how much you don't want to get started. Yet pondering your resistance level merely increases your dread.

A smarter strategy is to begin working on your least favorite task as soon as you arrive at work. From the moment you wake up that morning, do not remind yourself of how much you dislike the chore. Instead, plunge in quickly. This way, you can make instant progress while willing yourself to forget the extent to which you dread it. The satisfaction you derive from bearing down and accomplishing the task can create mood-lifting momentum.

Another tactic is to ask a friend to check in with you regularly for updates. That puts you in the position of having to say either, "Yep, I'm making headway" or "No, I haven't got around to that yet."

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