Here’s one of my favorite ideas from 2006: Have a Trade Your Headache Day in your office:
Unless you are among the small percentage of hyper-motivated and totally focused people out there in the world, you know you have at least one “headache” sitting in a pile on your desk or on your to-do list. It may be that project you keep putting off, that client you hate dealing with, or that phone call you just don’t want to make. No matter what it is, imagine how happy you’d be tomorrow if it weren’t your responsibility any longer.
Well, odds are your co-workers have similar “headaches” they face every day too. Here is a way to cope:
Every week (or month) get together with your co-workers and bring your number one headache with you. Identify it, and then trade it with one that someone else brought. Think of it like kind of a regular white elephant gift exchange. Just make sure the same headache doesn’t get traded over and over again.