How to Quit Being So Lazy: 10 Easy Habits
“How swiftly ‘not now' becomes ‘never'.”
When I was younger, in my early twenties, I was frequently lazy.
Very frequently really.
And so I didn’t:
Get my school work done in a nice manner and had to cram and worry out a few days before a test.
Work out or make nutritious meals since it was too hard and I gained 30+ pounds of weight while my fitness levels went down.
Take care of my own development and aspirations but generally simply let all that slip to “someday” while those things remained daydreams.
10+ years later I still adore lazying about and not accomplishing anything at all.
But I’ve also learned how to limit that idle time to a modest and healthy quantity instead of allowing it hold me back and locked in the same position of excuses for years like it used to.
This week I’d like to share 10 basic behaviors that have enabled me to achieve that transformation.
To quit being so lazy and get what actually important done by working smarter. Yet still having space for guilt-free relaxed leisure to spend as I please.
1. Be gentle to yourself.
When you feel that you’ve possibly been too lazy recently it’s usual and appealing to beat yourself up about it and to hope that would drive you to start taking action.
Occasionally it does. But I have noticed that beating oneself up most frequently simply leads to feeling guiltier and like a failure.
And so you feel less compelled to get underway and you postpone since there appears to be little purpose in even attempting.
Instead of being trapped in that self-esteem draining area I urge you gently move yourself towards the next step in this post if you feel like you want to beat yourself up.
2. Start with only a modest step forward.
The toughest thing is frequently to just get started.
Therefore make it as simple as you can to lessen the inner resistance and to really take action. Start with merely taking a modest step forward:
Go out jogging for just 3 minutes.
Do the dishes for 5 minutes.
Write on that report you’ve been procrastinating on for 10 minutes.
I apply this behavior virtually every day in some form.
I’m for example designing a new course and my daily target over the last months has generally been to write 1 page a day. And now that the writing is done the intention when I start my day is frequently to edit 1 page.
That’s it. Yet it has never ended at merely 1 page in these months, I have written or revised a whole load more each day.
3. Do a tiny chunk of what matters most first thing in your day.
To feel like you can enjoy your lazy/rest time completely and without guilt it’s necessary to really get what genuinely counts in the long term done each week.
So start your day with it. So make it easier on yourself by breaking down that process into smaller pieces and then concentrate on just the first one.
Get on it immediately away to get into a productive and concentrated mentality.
By doing so you establish a pleasant tone for your day. You get that fast 5-10 minute victory in first thing and you’ll be a lot more inspired to maintain continuing on that route for the remainder of your day.
Instead of beginning with busy work like reading emails – this may be necessary to do first thing for some but for many it’s definitely not – or checking Facebook etc. and then 30 minutes later getting started with today’s task.
4. Cycle highly concentrated work with tiny gaps of rest/lazy leisure.
To lighten up your everyday job insert brief pauses between completing short yet intense burst of work.
Say to yourself: I’ll spend 20 minutes of work on this assignment now and then I can have 5 or 10 minutes of idle leisure.
By splitting down your hours like way the task looks less intimidating.
And you’ll feel energetic and motivated longer and perform work of greater quality if you give yourself these breaks of relaxation and time to idle about on Facebook, with a game or with simply sitting in the grass or with short stroll in the park.
Then, after some time, you may wish to work for 40 minutes before you take a 10 minute rest. Just go easy on yourself at first.
And if you have difficulties with following to your time-limits then utilize an app on your phone or a basic egg-timer from your kitchen.
5. Lock off the escape routes momentarily.
Simply sitting down at for example your computer and attempting to perform totally concentrated work for 5 or 20 minutes may not result in any work of consequence being done.
Not if you don’t eliminate those items that you normally use to postpone.
So ask yourself: where do I generally go to instead of performing my work?
For me it’s for example typically my smart phone and reading Reddit, Twitter or random internet surfing.
So I put my phone in quiet mode and I placed it at the other end of our house while I work. By putting up that modest physical hurdle I escape the phone trap maybe 95% of the time.
Having the same problem with gaming then place your controller far away in your house when working.
Escape to Facebook or other websites on your computer then block it for a short time by utilizing for example StayFocusd.
Watch TV then rip out the cables to it. Alternatively remove one of the cables altogether and place it at the opposite end of your house.
6. Outline the disadvantages and upsides for fresh motivation.
Asking yourself better questions likely to yield better answers.
Two sets of questions that I have sat down and asked myself with closed eyelids and that have refueled my motivation many times are:
How would my life look in 5 years if I simply continue to remain on the same route as now?
How will life likely get worse for me and maybe even for the people around me?
This is not like beating yourself up but rather a critical analysis of where it’s feasible that you’re headed.
And it may be unpleasant but try to imagine the bad repercussions as clearly as you can in your mind to ignite your drive to get moving for that good transformation.
Then ask yourself:
How would my life look in 1 year if I get started, stay with it and keep continuing with this change?
How would life improve not just for me but for the people that I love if I persist with it?
7. Unclutter your life.
When your life’s too chaotic and overwhelming then you may shut down and postpone by reclining lazily on the sofa and merely watching the TV or your smart phone.
When that's the case then start uncluttering both your job hours and your private time. Two questions that have helped me to achieve that and to determine what is most essential are:
What would I work on if I just had 2 hours for work today?
If I had only 1 hour of spare time today then how would I use it?
Use them to get out of an old rut, to rethink your typical day a little and to uncover your top priorities.
Next examine what you can delete, lessen or possibly delegate of the items that are not covered in your responses.
8. Be Fine with stumbling from time to time.
The fear of failing might hold you back in a condition of doing easy things and in what you may consider as being lazy.
Yet everyone who go for what they genuinely want and outside of their comfort zone falls and fails from time to time. That’s simply a part of a life well lived (even if we don’t hear about people’s disappointments as frequently as their accomplishments).
Consider a setback as a learning experience and as an opportunity to be more constructive and compassionate to yourself.
You may achieve it by asking yourself these two questions after you’ve stumbled:
What is 1 thing I can learn from this situation?
How would my closest friend/parent support me and aid me in this situation? (Then speak to yourself and do things as she or he would).
9. Allow the passion, energy and inspiration of others in.
Everything you allow into your thoughts and life will impact you.
If the individuals you hang out the most with are often a little sluggish about work or school then it’s simple to simply adopt to that attitude and way of thinking and go with it.
But if you spend more time with motivated individuals in real life and through books, the internet, podcasts and audio books then it will start to affect your thinking and mood too.
So think about what you allow into your head on a daily and weekly basis and if you wish make a few modifications to that.
10. Really appreciate and cherish your leisure time.
Time spent on simply lazying about enables me to relax and refresh and it makes me happy.
But if I do it too much then it does become less healthy for me. It:
Begins to annoy me since I’m not going ahead towards what I desire.
Causes tension instead of calming me since I’m not getting what’s essential done and it might have terrible implications pretty soon.
Nonetheless, at a reasonable quantity spending some time on being lazy is genuinely useful for me.
And I've found that when you think a little about how you want to spend your lazy time – no matter if it’s a 10 minute break or a lazy Sunday – and use that time on something you really enjoy like reading a book you love rather than aimlessly watching TV-shows you’re just OK with then that time does not only brings more happiness and fulfillment.
I’ve also learnt that when I use my free time in this more aware manner I’m more inspired and energetic to go back to work again later on.
Therefore I make sure to appreciate and completely enjoy the leisure time I have and create for myself since I know that it will help me in numerous vital ways.