The best method I have found over the years of motivating both myself and my clients is the method of rewards and consequences.
Little rewards when you complete your books, little consequences when you don’t. This has the effect of associating rewards with bookkeeping, which is a good thing, and also positive emotions.
So I think of bookkeeping as the business equivalent of laundry.
Yes I am talking washing your clothes here, which might seem a bit random! When you wash your clothes regularly, it means you can wear all your favourite things. If you leave your washing for too long, you end up wearing the things you like least, that are left at the bottom of the wardrobe.
Even buying new is only a short term solution.
Can you imagine doing a whole year’s worth of laundry in one go?
Should you have that many clothes. Yet that is what people do with their bookkeeping. Then they wonder why they avoid it, that sounds quite daunting to me.
So my recommendation, like your laundry, do it regularly, it lessens the chore and you might even start enjoying it. You will definitely get better at it.
If you are not sure how to do your books, I have created a course called The Most Simple Bookkeeping Course Ever, which will show you how to set up your books and how to do them regularly.