Over the past couple of years, the majority of life’s chores have been perceived as an obligation and often led to negative associations with tasks that had to be executed. Consequently, I noticed that we often feel insanely discouraged to perform mundane tasks and that these tasks lead to some individuals' negative emotional states. The bitter truth is that life is mainly filled with tedious incremental tasks, and often these tasks are necessary for our wellbeing. For example, doing laundry, taxes, or even working out are tasks that need to be performed, but our perception often dictates our emotional state. On the other hand, if we choose a negative perception that emphasises more on the burdens, which leads to perceiving the task as a chore or something an individual has to do. Hence, we often tend to enter a negative thought spiral that further decreases our emotional state.
The other choice when performing these mundane tasks is to remind ourselves that we get to do them. Besides, the change in perspective might lead to a more positive spiral of thought and might even help us perform these tedious tasks more efficiently or increase our mood. In other words, I am proposing that we shift our focus from perceiving duties or tasks as obligations that must be performed; instead, we should perceive these tasks as opportunities. The change of perspective might be challenging at the beginning but often improves our emotional state, which I can oblige to because of the results in my emotional state after a shift of perspective. Lastly, the shift of perspective will require continuous effort, awareness, and practice.
How to change your perspective