Have been frustrated with your laziness? I am sure at some point we all have. The problem with being lazy is that deep down it makes us feel guilty of wasting our precious time.
So many of us have berated ourselves for being lazy and promised to be better versions starting the next day.
But the cycle of sloth is difficult to break and lures us into being our lazy selves the next day and the next.
So how do we break this cycle of sloth, stop being lazy?
As someone who is constantly looking out for feasible and practical ways to be more productive, I want to share with you 11 tips to overcome laziness and get your work done.
Beat laziness in Daily Life
Give Yourself A purpose
Until you give yourself a purpose your mind doesn’t get excited enough to work. Ask you want to stop being lazy what is it that you want to achieve.
1. Are you a student who wishes to improve the grades but you are too lazy to study.
2. Are you an entrepreneur who wishes to expand the business but is too comfortable with the existing set-up.
3. Are you someone who generally wants a organized life but is overwhelmed with the amount of work it involves.
4. Are you someone who wishes to lose some weight but finds no motivation.
If you observe closely in all these scenarios there are different forms of laziness but the solution always is one and simple for everyone – a little push and motivation on your part to get going.
Start working immediately
Whenever you feel particularly lazy in doing something start doing it immediately. This is actually the most difficult hurdle.
Just get yourself out of that couch and get going. Taking immediate action will give your mind enough impetus to map out your course of action.
When you know you have to deal with unfinished work so why not start doing it then and there.
Like suppose you are a student who has to finish an extremely boring chapter, start studying that lesson immediately who knows that chapter might actually hold something very interesting.
Start with small, goals
Now you are all motivated and pumped up but as you start a task you realize how huge it is and then give up in frustration.
It’s always better to have an action plan and create small attainable goals, for yourself. This always works for me and perhaps one of the best ways to overcome laziness.
If you look at it your are not exerting yourself too much but also working towards your goal in a planned manner.
Here I must mention the Japanese technique of Kaizen. This cool technique to overcome laziness involves you making small positive changes in your life each day thus making continuous improvements and realizing your potential.
Suppose you want to be a good writer
STEP 1. Start by setting aside 15 minutes each day when you focus exclusively on your writing.
STEP 2. Write 5 sentences each day.
STEP 3. Reserve 10 minutes each day for reading that will help you to become a better writer.
STEP 4. After 7 days increase reading and writing time by 2 minutes each.
So as you can see you are making small improvements gradually to become a good writer.
Try to adopt a similar strategy whenever you feel too lazy to work.
Setting your personal benchmarks would help you to overcome laziness and get your tasks completed.
Vision yourself working
Most often we imagine ourselves successful with an awesome lifestyle, bucket loads of money and not to forget the expensive exotic vacations.
In short the perfect Instagram life! But how often do you vision yourself working hard to get what you want.
So instead of imagining the end goal visualize yourself working very hard with dedication to achieve that goal.
1. If you are a student imagine yourself studying, creating deadlines for yourself, reading and revising your syllabus, going through the tough chapters.
2. If you are an entrepreneur imagine yourself making an actionable business expansion plan, weighing in the risk options and discussing it with your team.
3. If you want an organized life imagine yourself working through the problem areas like stream-lining your daily routine, making time for your family, organizing your room etc.
4. If you want to lose weight imagine yourself sweating out at a gym, lifting weights, jogging through a park, or eating healthy food.
Research shows that strong visualization can give you enough impetus to get off the mark.
But here the difference is instead of visualizing that you are super successful imagine yourself going through that rigmarole to be super successful.
Procrastination and Laziness
Sometimes laziness is caused by fear to deal with things. We procrastinate on tasks because it seems too daunting and we are back to the trap of being lazy.
Life seems too overwhelming at times when some things and situations involve too much effort or may seem too complicated to face.
At other times we may keep a task undone until deadline.
This fear of working is nothing but a silly mental block, a form of escapism that creates more harm to your peace of mind. Deep down you know someday or other you have to confront it.
So face any challenging situation head-on.
Schedule regular breaks
Scheduling regular breaks keeps your momentum going and prevents boredom. You need to take a break to keep your mind refreshed.
I love using the Pomodoro technique of managing tasks. With this technique you do your work for a stretch of 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break and resume your work for another 25 minutes.
Take note of these points
Set a timer to prevent any distraction during breaks or during work Pomodoro recommends the use of a timer.
Have a regular lazy time where you designate some time for yourself to be lazy and do anything or nothing.
Reward yourself by enticing your mind to break lazy tendencies it could be a nice afternoon siesta, a lovely bubble bath. Think how light you’ll feel after you are done with your task.
No negative self-talk
When you feel lazy to work it’s easy to get affected with any negative self-talk or any criticism you may hear from others.
Staying away from negativity and focusing on your strengths is so important when you are being deliberately lazy despite knowing it is affecting your life adversely.
Stop trying to be perfect
Sometimes getting things done is better than being perfect. Often in the strive for perfection a lot of tasks remain unfinished because the interest in that task fades.
Also stop comparisions with others. Comparing yourself with someone who is better off than you is not healthy. Yes, sometimes people may inspire you to be better but ultimately your life and circumstances are very different from others. Unnecessary comparisons will only demotivate you.
Healthy Habits to beat Lazinesss
Our physical and mental health also affects our energy levels. These are some healthy habits that would help you to beat laziness in daily life by improving your efficiency.
Research shows that if you engage in some sort of activity preferably in the early morning it gives your body a boost to remain active throughout the day.
Even if you don’t have the time for full body work-out indulge in a10 minute walk or jogging. Try to stretch your body after you wake up.
Manage your stress
Any stress and tension directly impacts your energy levels and your eagerness to work. Give your mental health as much importance as physical health.
Similarly feeling lazy and unmotivated is a very common symptom of depression.
When you are worried it affects your ability tow work so talk to someone if you are distress or consult a therapist. It is okay to seek help.
Sometimes a dip in energy levels is an indication of a serious health issue. Those suffering from diabetes have a tendency of feeling lethargic and lazy.
There are certain food items which help you in maintaining higher energy levels like banana and almonds. Also food items like fish and chicken that are high on proteins also increase your energy levels.
Maintaining healthy sleep habits is necessary for your body to function properly. Inadequate sleep hampers your energy levels increasing lazy tendencies.
Most of us have some inherent lazy tendencies and honestly it’s not possible to be productive all the time.
Focus on maintaining a routine that works for you while allowing your body to be active and get proper rest.
Create a to-do List
Planning your schedule ahead will keep you on top of things. Also it’s a good way of keeping things organized and prevent any chaos and confusion.
I mean arranging things in a convenient way so that it’s easy for you to grab them when you are feeling lazy.
1. Like keeping your coffee mug besides your coffee machine.
2. Keeping you laundry bag near your bathroom.
3. Keeping your remote besides your couch.
4. Keeping your shoe-rack near your main door.
So as per your home or office design you can find a way of arranging things in a convenient manner so as to save you time and energy.
The fact is being lazy due to tiredness is different from being persistently lazy.
More often than not we are affected by the latter. It’s okay to be lazy at times and as humans we are born with some lazy tendencies which are difficult to avoid all the time.
But the cycle of sloth shouldn’t affect your daily life. If it does its not very good for your mental health and confidence.
The trick is to find a balance between being productive and being lazy.
Hopefully we all find that balance and hopefully you guys liked this blog post if you did please leave your thoughts below! Always happy to know your thoughts.