Overcoming Laziness

Laziness can negatively affect our lives and our jobs / careers and is one of the most common factors holding people back from being successful. Anyone who suffers with it will understand that it’s hard to explain when people ask “why don’t you just do it?” to whatever task you’re putting off. It isn’t that simple. Laziness runs deep in the mind and body and breaking its hold can be a challenge.

Here are 10 tips on how to stop being lazy:

1. Start your day with a task
Choose the most important thing you must do today and do it first thing. Before you get distracted by the TV, by going outside, or by getting a snack. Do this first task so it’s out of the way. It’s sort of like ripping off a Band-Aid; before you have time to convince yourself to quit, you’ve already started. Starting your day with success is great motivation to keep going because you’ve already had a successful completion of a task and it isn’t even noon yet.

2. Set timers
If you really don’t want to do something but you know it must get done, set a timer of how much time you will work on it. Depending on the task, you can set your timer for 15 minutes every couple of hours. That way, by the end of the day you will have put at least an hour or two in on that task. And, chances are, you’ll eventually start working longer than the timer because you’ll see the value in getting the task done.

3. Don’t work where the comfort is
This is especially challenging if you work from home; don’t work near your bed, couch, or lounge chair. Sit at a desk or leave the house and work at a library. The temptation to lay down is way too strong when you’re trying to work across from your couch. When you try to work from your bed, you’ll start telling yourself it’s time for a break when it isn’t. It’s your body feeling relaxed and wanting to stop working. Take away the temptation altogether by working far away from cushions and blankets.

4. Allow yourself lazy time
– but only if it’s scheduled. Yes, that means you need to create a schedule for yourself. It doesn’t have to be excessive and you shouldn’t set your expectations too high. Schedule the times you’ll work today and schedule a time to watch a TV show or browse the web. You could even schedule when you’ll have your meals and when you’ll go to bed. Having a schedule keeps you accountable for what needs to get done.

5. Find motivating rewards
If you completed something you were supposed to today, like working out, reward yourself! Congratulate yourself constantly when you’re active and productive. Using positive affirmations are a great example of rewarding yourself because it improves your self-worth. For example, “I am so productive and capable of getting stuffs done.” Maybe you could reward yourself with 15 minutes of scrolling through your social media feed, or with watching your favorite TV show. Whatever motivates you to be productive is a perfect reward.

6. Declutter your life
Our environment plays a huge role in our ability to feel motivated. If you’re surrounded by dirty clothes, yesterday’s dishes, and newspapers you’ll never read make cleaning up your special task for the day. Do it first thing and suddenly the other tasks on your list aren’t so daunting. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when your space is organized and worthy of living in. If you make it a habit every day to do a little cleaning, your laziness is guaranteed to diminish.

7. Work on your self-esteem
This is a tough one, but maybe the most important. Lazy people often suffer from negative self-talk that tells them they aren’t worth nice things, success, or rewards. If you find yourself saying “what’s the point?” to trying any of these tips, then you need to work on your self-esteem. You deserve to embrace life and live it to the fullest! Success doesn’t happen from the couch or in the bag of chips, it happens outside where adventure happens, and decisions are made. You deserve to be out there.

8. Find inspiration
Whether you’re a YouTube fanatic or TV fiend, you can inspiration for motivation everywhere. Choose a person you admire and think about all the work they’ve done to end up on the screen in front of you. Or, search out motivational speakers and influencers whose main goal is to motivate others. You will seriously benefit from finding a mentor to look up to who inspires you to start living. Start by watching a Tony Robbins seminar online, you won’t regret it.

9. Embrace Down Time
Now that you’re getting into the productivity zone and feeling motivated, truly embrace your downtime at the end of the day. You’ve gotten stuffs done; you have a clean home, you look put together, you’re on a roll! Now, treat yourself by relaxing and not thinking about anything in particular.

10. Be Kind to Yourself
This is a journey you’re on; no one goes from lazy to 100% productive in a day. The purpose of breaking your laziness habit is to accomplish goals that make your soul happy. You have so much to contribute to this world, it’s a mistake to stay home and squander it. Make sure you aren’t too hard on yourself when you slip up or fail. We’re all on our own journeys, be thankful that you finally got on yours.

Now that you have 10 tips to work with, ease yourself into breaking the laziness cycle. You already know you can do it, and now you have the tools to make it happen. Taking one day at a time is the key to building lifelong success. So, start with today. Decide what your goals are and what success means to you. Start working towards it with your newfound motivation and inspiration.