Laziness, ineptitude, idleness, fatigue, lack of motivation?
Let’s be honest. The idea of doing nothing when things need to be done is often considered the best alternative especially when you don’t want to face a difficult situation or when you just can’t be bothered.
How to avoid procrastination and laziness
As human beings, a temporary lack of motivation, energy and enthusiasm is more than normal. When these ‘lazy times’ are kept to a moderate and healthy amount, you have nothing to be worried about. If your lack of motivation becomes procrastination instead, now it’s the right time to start changing your attitude!
Were you aware that your laziness is just a symptom of a problem and not the problem itself? Interestingly, nobody likes being lazy. We just struggle to find the right motivation to end this ‘laziness cycle’.
Here you are 5 simple tips to help you stop being lazy
Make your ‘to do list’
According to David’s Allen GTD Principles, a good way to face multi-tasking is to differentiate your tasks. This allows you to create an order of priorities between your projects and clear your mindset. Having all your tasks in view, allows you to see what’s truly important – helping you to more easily stop being lazy.
Avoid distractions on the first half of the day
Remove all those things that you use to procrastinate: your Smartphone, Twitter, Facebook, Internet, the TV etc. By switching off those small physical obstacles, you can easily avoid these kinds of traps. You must tell yourself “It can wait; there are priorities that need to be done right now”.
Your change will occur once you start understanding how important each first half of the day (first 8 hours) are to your future!
Let yourself be influenced by the other people’s enthusiasm
Who is the most enthusiastic person you have met in your life? Well, it looks like the people you hang out with hardly influence your thinking and motivation.
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help from a more motivated co-worker, friend, or family member even via books, the internet, podcasts and audio books. This is a useful way to get you up and moving, because they will push you towards the right direction
3….2….1…. Take Action!
Once your to do list is completed, you are ready to take action! Remember: slow and steady often wins the race. Create a list of realistic goals to achieve every day, then just try to do something. Then, try to consistently repeat it each day. As you give voice to your actions in this way you will convince your body and brain that laziness isn’t an option at this time. As a result, you will be more likely to continue working toward your goals and objectives.
Don’t forget to be lazy sometimes
At a moderate amount spending some time on being lazy can still benefit you. Having some conscious lazy moments gives you a sense of freedom and fulfilment. As a matter of fact, having less of these moments, helps you to fully enjoy and appreciate the time spent reading a book or watching TV. Did you know that the hardest part of any important task is getting started? Well, if you have read this article up to this final point, it means that you have already started to make changes. If you want to read more articles like this, check out here’s how to be more productive and 7 Practical self-care tips for a better you.