How to Make Chores Suck Less

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I’ll make this piece short because the concept, while is meaningful, is incredibly simple. It was somewhat brought to mind during a stand-up spot from 2013  by one of my favorite comedians—Rory Scovel.  

“The older you get, the more you realize—life is just chores. That’s all it is. In fact, the day you officially become an adult is the day you accept, ‘…this is only chores.’ It doesn’t matter how well you do them, how fast you do them—they’re coming back tomorrow, they’re coming back the next day, they’re coming back next week. And some people are like, ‘…—I thought there was more to life than this.’ There is. There’s a medicine that you can take that makes you think that every chore you have to do is a…video game that you get to live inside of.”

While his bit was touching at how ridiculous the marijuana laws of the United States were in 2013, his reframing brought to mind a type of reframing for our lives that doesn’t quite require getting high, but rather by changing one word in our typical thought patterns: 

Simply replace “have to” with “get to.” 

  • I have to get the mail.
  • I have to go for a run. 
  • I have to take a shower.
  • I have to go to the grocery store. 
  • I have to cook dinner. 
  • I have to to work.
  • I have to drive home.

Let’s see what happens when we replace that single word. 

  • I get to get the mail.
  • I get to go for a run. 
  • I get to take a shower.
  • I get to go to the grocery store. 
  • I get to cook dinner. 
  • I get to go to work.
  • I get to drive home.

The truth behind this shift is that most of us take many of these tasks for granted. 

  • Some people would love for nothing more than the ability to stand, walk, and get the mail from their mailbox. 
  • Others would love to run, but for some reason, physically can’t. 
  • Taking a shower for many in the world requires running water that they don’t have. 
  • Going to the grocery seems downright exotic to some in the world—either due to living in a food desert or not having enough money to buy food. 
  • Cooking said food is yet another luxury. 
  • Going to work means you have a job—something many pray for.
  • You get to drive home while many have to walk through the elements or simply have no place to even call home.  

While it seems like a pretty insignificant shift that likely won’t likely positively impact your mindset the first time you apply it, I challenge you to give it a shot. 

So, what do you get to do today?


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