Why Is It So Hard to Make Yourself Do Work You Like?

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Okay, so you've cracked the code and figured out how to get paid doing something that you like, or dare we say, love. Everything from hereon out should be gravy.

Except, that's almost never the case. Even when you like what you do for a living, it can be hard to put your fingers to the keyboard and get to work. It seems antithetical to everything that we're ever told. "If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life," the old adage goes.

If your business is freelance, you have ostensibly found work that you like. It should be easy, and yet, it can still be difficult to make yourself do it. Why is that?

You're busy trying to enjoy it when you could be getting it done

You may be suffering from fun-index anxiety. This work is supposed to be a good time because you love it, right? Not all the time. It's great to find joy in your work, and we encourage you to look for those moments.

It's easy to mistake finding joy for "waiting for joy to happen." You may not feel joy at the start, but if you dig in, we bet there will be something you enjoy by the end.

You don't have to like all the parts of your job

All jobs, especially freelancing, come with aspects you don't like. It can be even more difficult to make yourself take on those tasks when you like the rest of your work. It creates a larger fulfillment to tedium disparity.

If there's a task you despise, the best method is to tackle it head on, first thing in the morning. Our brains tend to be at their best in the morning, and when you don't like something, it's helpful to have extra mental bandwidth to get the job done. Get it out of the way, so that you can get back to the elements of your work that you prefer.

Because even though you love it, work is still work

This is the crux of it. When you transition your interests from hobby to work, responsibility and accountability get added into the mix. Freelancing is the bee's knees because it has the most flexibility of any job out there. The flip side is if you're not working, you're not getting paid.

If you're having trouble with procrastination, treat your work like it's a regular nine-to-five. You're just here to get paid, and you have to knock a couple tasks off your desk to do it. You will probably surprise yourself with how much you get done, and then you can move to happy hour (on your couch).

Your work life is a lot like a relationship, just because you like it doesn't mean you have to love it all the time. At the end of the day, you still wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.