Life hack: Turn "should" into "could" for dull chores #Life#chores#great-ideas March 10 | Guest post by Emmy I Knew You Could Do It card from Etsy seller TickTockPress It's really interesting what happens when you turn "should" into "could." It makes even a shitty chore feel more positive. By re-framing a dull task you should do by using "could" it makes you consider what opportunities might hide within. It's like when you anticipate doing something fun, and you end up considering how to make it the most of an enjoyable experience… "I could wash up … listening to my favourite radio show!" "I could walk the dog …. and treat myself to an ice cream on the way home!" "I could take my [dull relative] out … to see that show I've been dying to see." Or even… "I could clean out the cat litter… and the room won't smell! Yay! "Should" is an obligation; "could" is an opportunity. My life is much more enjoyable with my friend "could." More posts about hacking chores: Gamify your chores for great justice You can game-ify your home, but did you know you can game-ify the way you CLEAN your home? Unlock your inner champion for real-life rewards. Make a giant real life… Read More Three ways to power up and get the jump on your chore list I used to freaking hate doing the dishes -- to the point where I seriously considered buying new dishes instead of cleaning the ones that have been sitting for way… Read More Family meetings help my relationship, save me money, and rock my socks I am a terrible housekeeper. I'm also terrible at saving money. And talking about my feelings. And cooking (because I don't plan ahead). And making time for my husband. At… Read More Who else has figured out this little life hack? What dull chores have you turned into opportunities? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Emmy Emmy is a proud contributor to Offbeat Home. PREVIOUS The tricks to getting dressed when your gender is ambiguous NEXT Love It Love It Love It: the happiest brightly colored housewares on the interwebs Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] OK, just so I'm sure… This isn't me is it? There's another Emmy who posts on here, but I'm having terrible déjà vu about the content. Reply YES! This was an awesome comment you left on a post! We thought it deserved its own spotlight. Because reasons of genius. 😉 1 agrees Reply Well that's a relief! (amongst a vast maelstrom of other emotions that can generally be summarised as WHUH?! and YAY!) Thanks for confirming I haven't fallen into a glitch in the matrix. I'm very proud to be called a Offbeat Home contributor, thank you! Reply THANK YOU!!! That is exactly the advice I needed. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.