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    Default As a 7 how did you handle subjects you deemed un fun?

    I want to find away to deal with subjects like studying and homework but in order too I want all your experiences how did you deal with it please tell me.

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    I'm not a core 7, but I find that it helps me to surround myself with a pleasant atmosphere and to focus on the long-term reason I want to accomplish that task. I like making lists where I can check off accomplishments, too. I essentially create an environment full of external rewards to help motivate me to do something I'm not very intrinsically interested in. I think I also reach a point at which I confront an especially loathsome task like a challenge to be overcome and focus on my determination and the "fight" to succeed.

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    - Break it down in smaller, more manageable tasks. You'll often find that they're less "unfun" to complete, because you'll gain confidence as you go by.
    - Place a specific reward either at the end of the largest task (if the expected time to completion is sufficiently short), or after a given number of "chunks". That'll keep you motivated when you go past the 1/2 mark.
    - If I have to complete an extremely dreadful task, I'll try to go and have a chat with some colleagues / friends / whatever to get a bit of emotional "charge".
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    - Break it down in smaller, more manageable tasks. You'll often find that they're less "unfun" to complete, because you'll gain confidence as you go by.
    - Place a specific reward either at the end of the largest task (if the expected time to completion is sufficiently short), or after a given number of "chunks". That'll keep you motivated when you go past the 1/2 mark.
    - If I have to complete an extremely dreadful task, I'll try to go and have a chat with some colleagues / friends / whatever to get a bit of emotional "charge".
    THIS. It's all perfect. But I suspect it's because FDG leads with Te. Which is exactly what I turn on when I need to do boring stuff - I organize - I break goals in smaller parts, divide my time, award small rewards to myself etc. And definitely, talking with other people when I'm losing enthusiasm helps fuel Ne and bring back the challenge. But I guess FDG is more comfortable on doing this for along period of time. I'd be tired if I had to do it for more than a few days/week.

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    My number 1 rule is to not do things I don't feel like doing.

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    I do whatever I can to make boring things fun. Music helps a lot. So does multi tasking. Something about switching back and forth rapidly between tasks helps keep my energy up. And so does doing anything while rocking out to music. Aside from that, I've been known to do paperwork with a really good pen that feels awesome to write with, and then do weird things like play with the way I make certain letters or other little games like that with myself.

    All this said, I still suck at doing these kinds of tasks consistently and well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badger055 View Post
    My number 1 rule is to not do things I don't feel like doing.
    Yeah, but then you'll have to pay someone else to do it.

    But I guess FDG is more comfortable on doing this for along period of time. I'd be tired if I had to do it for more than a few days/week.
    I can plow through for a fairly long time, but that doesn't mean I like it - I get progressively grumpier.
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    @FDG, what @pinkgraffiti said is right on. Te-dominance probably helps you a lot in this arena. It's draining for me to stay in that mode for very log, and my performance on said tasks sees a real decline over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkgraffiti View Post
    THIS. It's all perfect. But I suspect it's because FDG leads with Te. Which is exactly what I turn on when I need to do boring stuff - I organize - I break goals in smaller parts, divide my time, award small rewards to myself etc. And definitely, talking with other people when I'm losing enthusiasm helps fuel Ne and bring back the challenge. But I guess FDG is more comfortable on doing this for along period of time. I'd be tired if I had to do it for more than a few days/week.
    that makes three of us (though I'm considerably younger than both of you, so I'm not very good at this yet)
    Edit: guess that makes four of us
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolita View Post
    I do whatever I can to make boring things fun. Music helps a lot. So does multi tasking. Something about switching back and forth rapidly between tasks helps keep my energy up. And so does doing anything while rocking out to music. Aside from that, I've been known to do paperwork with a really good pen that feels awesome to write with, and then do weird things like play with the way I make certain letters or other little games like that with myself.

    All this said, I still suck at doing these kinds of tasks consistently and well.
    Same. I just instinctively try to make things fun. So if I have to clean the house I like to make really good coffee and turn on great music really loud and if I can think of a new way to arrange stuff or maybe I buy flowers or a new candle or whatever. I just try to get all into the whole thing like its a fun creative project.

    Boring paperwork or editing/computer work I may get snacks or coffee (I love coffee) and find something good on tv and enjoy the whole process of getting to do it while sitting on my couch with yummy coffee maybe wearing pj bottoms.

    I think what naturally occurs is just the type 7 way of reframing stuff to be enjoyable. It's appreciating all the lil details that we do have control over. The things we do like about it.
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