Are you the type of person who waits to do the dishes when the sink is overloaded?
Do you study for exams on the last day when you had months to do so?
“Tomorrow is the day,” you tell yourself. Wouldn’t it feel fantastic if you reached the end of the day and looked back with satisfaction on the things you’d achieved?
It feels great to get things done; it makes our brain’s reward system very happy indeed. Yet most of us have a list of essential tasks that we’ve been avoiding – emails unwritten, projects not started, things we’re putting off even though they aren’t going to be any easier tomorrow.
Laziness is a nasty little affliction that affects everyone from time to time. Often it’s an attempt to avoid difficult or unpleasant tasks. But remember, inactivity is a habit, not a personality trait. Overcoming laziness or doing things that we do not want to do is a crucial part of gaining success.
Although it’s familiar and a natural part of life, it has the potential to consume us completely. I believe there are two kinds of laziness.
First, there’s the kind where you have been working your butt off for weeks, and finally, after all your hard work, all you want to do is be lazy and do nothing.
But then there’s the kind of laziness where you struggle to find motivation. Every time you think of something you would like to do or achieve, you cannot find the energy or drive to work toward it. This is the kind of laziness that I am talking about. But how do you overcome it?
Often our grand plans don’t work out because they seem overwhelming. That’s why one of the hardest things is to get started. Ironically, once you start tackling your plans, it will all feel less complicated and overwhelming, and you’ll likely feel a lot less tense. So instead of stressing about your lazy nature, commit to taking baby steps.
What’s the smallest possible action you could take toward your goal? For example, you could go out running for only 3 minutes.
Do the dishes for 5 minutes. Write on that report you’ve been procrastinating on for 10 minutes.
I use this habit almost every day in some way. I set the alarm for 20 minutes and then see how much I can get done in that time. Usually, it gets me motivated to keep going after the timer goes off, but if it doesn’t, at least I did something.
Some people like to set the alarm for five minutes, ten, or thirty, but the basic principle
remains the same.
So the most challenging part about doing anything is only getting up and doing it. But once you’re five minutes into any project, you will likely find your motivation. Another essential aspect of overcoming your laziness is to get organized.
Many times, we want to do something productive, but the clutter and the junk around us make it seem impossible to get anything done and tempt us not to start our task. Your physical surroundings have a significant impact on how you feel.
If your house is a mess, you are likely to feel even more overwhelmed. Clutter creates a sense of chaos, and having to clean your home adds to your giant list of things to do in a ridiculously short amount of time. A nice, clean, and organized workspace just invites us to do some work and be productive. A cluttered and trashed workspace invites us to stay on the couch.
So set aside some time to organize your workspace. Everything from your room, your desk, to your computer files and favorite links on your web browser. Make everything as easy, seamless, and efficient to find as possible.
Once your house is clean, and your physical surroundings are organized, you will naturally feel motivated to be more productive and active.
After that, you’ll hopefully tackle other areas of your life that you’ve been neglecting. Still, feeling lazy?
Maybe it’s time to get an accountability partner. Peer pressure can be highly useful to get you off the couch. When you need the motivation to take action, it’s great to have somebody to hold you accountable for going through with it.
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help from a more motivated coworker, friend, or
a family member.
This is a useful way to get you up and move because they will motivate you to do the work.
You could even put your money on the line. For example, every time you don’t accomplish the things you were supposed to, you give 10$ to the person holding you accountable. Then we’ll see for how long you’ll remain a couch potato.
If you’re not feeling social, technology might be able to help.
Using goal tracking apps like Strides or Lifetick will allow you to set specific goals for yourself and mark off when you do them. This provides two significant benefits. First, it reminds you of what you need to do and helps you keep yourself accountable. And second, perhaps more importantly, it shows you how often you’ve succeeded. Having proof that you’ve built a new habit or that you’ve improved over time can give you the motivation boost you need to keep going.
And at that moment, when you realize you’ve accomplished your goal when you’re pleased
with your progress and look forward to doing it again is when laziness dies.
Thanks for reading; if you have any other tips that helped you overcome laziness, share
They in the comments below, such other people can benefit as well.