Dreaded tasks seem to crop up in a variety of places, whether it’s at work or at home. For the people I work with, the most dreaded task seems to be changing the roll of film on the laminator. Just today, I received an email from a teacher titled “Laminator Hater”. Yes, it’s a pretty intimidating machine, but one that I’m actually grateful for. Let me tell you a little story which will illustrate the concept of conquering dreaded tasks.
A Blessing in Disguise
Four years ago, the person at my school who used to change the laminator film on our roll laminator retired. I was tasked, along with another teacher, to learn how to change the rolls of film. We were as nervous as two long-tailed cats in a room full of rocking chairs. We watched YouTube videos and had our laptops right beside us the whole time as we changed those first rolls. Gradually, we became better at the task and were much less anxious. Later that school year, I was offered the wonderful position I have now, library media specialist. I don’t know if there was any connection between mastering the dreaded task of changing the laminator film and getting offered my new job. It certainly didn’t hurt that I knew how to tackle the task. Now, I confidently tame the laminator beast nearly every day.
When Conquering Dreaded Tasks, Think of a Way to Make it Fun
Recently, I even made my own video about changing the rolls of film. I hope it will help others, and it was fun to create. Of course, I don’t expect any of you to watch the video, unless you really need to learn how to change the rolls of film on a laminator. If you have time, just take a listen to the fun little intro music snippet I found. =)
Finding the Positive
I can’t help but think of the show hosted by Mike Rowe called “Dirty Jobs” as I try to imagine what some other dreaded tasks might be. I know there are much worse tasks than just changing the rolls of film on a laminator. As I was doing research for this post, some specific dreaded tasks listed in various articles were:
- Calling customer service
- Cleaning the garage
- Washing lettuce (I didn’t realize that some people dread this.)
- Putting photos in albums
- Matching Tupperware lids
- Data entry
- Sorting and filing papers
- Delivering leaflets door-to-door
- Giving employees annual performance reviews
None of these would have made it onto the “Dirty Jobs” show, but they are dreaded, nonetheless. If you want to make the dreaded tasks seem less dreadful, just think of some really dirty dreaded task, like cleaning sewage drains. Or think of a dangerous dreaded task, such as washing windows on high rise buildings. That makes my formerly-dreaded job with the laminator seem like a cakewalk.
Turn the Dreaded Task Into a Great Opportunity
Now, you might be thinking, what does the laminator or any of these other dreaded tasks have to do with my situation? Well, I’m not sure what your situation is, but the laminator can be used as a metaphor for any task that no one else wants to do. Be the one to conquer it. Become an expert at it, and you never know what benefits might come your way because of your efforts. There might be a need for an expert lettuce-washer out there. People might need a video about how to wash it and make it seem fun. You never know. Your most dreaded task could turn into your greatest opportunity. Conquering dreaded tasks could be your ticket!
What is Your Most Dreaded Task?
So what have you conquered? Is it something you became an expert at? I’d be interested to learn of your stories. If you have found something valuable or entertaining in today’s post, please consider subscribing to this blog. Now that I have a YouTube channel, I plan to create tutorials about many things in addition to changing the rolls of film on a laminator.