How do you stop being lazy?
I had always termed myself lazy over the years until I decided to turn my life around. I remember being so lazy I would do my tasks at the very last minute and be fine with it. Such a lifestyle is so draining as you feel like you’re wasting your life, and you still don’t feel like doing anything about it.
We still need lazy days, but If the occasional lazy days turn into daily ones, there might be something else going on. It could be a lack of interest in your job, an overwhelming number of tasks, or even a medical condition are just some of the things that could make you unmotivated or lazy.
Anyway, we all have periods when we feel less energetic and struggle to find motivation. If you feel lazy or unproductive at times, you are certainly not alone. I remember seeing how productive my sister was and questioning myself for being so lazy, I hated this feeling so much, but I couldn’t shake it off.
Most people started the new year to become better than they were the last year, and 80% of people will fail to achieve their intended goal ( you are still not alone).
Here are some things I did to stop being lazy;
Set realistic goals
We all have big goals, but we need to break them down into manageable ones as we try to get to the big ones. Setting unrealistic goals and trying to do everything at once will lead to burnout. When you experience burnout, being lazy will just come as naturally as a habit…
Avoid overloading your mind by setting smaller, manageable goals that will get you where you want to without overwhelming you along the way.
Start with small manageable steps.
I am an avid planner, even my degree was in planning, and I know how it makes getting things done easier once you have a plan in place. Be realistic about how much time, effort, and other resources are needed to meet your goal and create a plan. Having a plan, especially writing it down, can help you note your progress and obstacles better, which can help you in the long run.
Change your routine
I live by the words; if you want different, you have to do things differently. It’s the same as insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. To make real improvements and stop the “lazy” patterns, we need to recognize the real cause. So, your old habit could be what’s making you seem lazy, and maybe you ate not.
Realize you are human
Perfectionism is on the rise, and it’s taking a psychological toll on people. Researchers in the past have noted “young people [are] now facing more competitive environments, more unrealistic expectations, social media influence, and more anxious and controlling parents than older generations.
Once you realize you are human and we all have imperfections, your life will start to change. I realized that I wanted everything to go perfectly, but that hindered me from even starting anything. There is a reason why progress is better than perfection, and this mentality can help you change your life.
Time yourself when working
Sometimes we go into the lazy mode when we get too overwhelmed and feel like we are not making any progress. The Pomodoro Technique has been my best friend to avoid this. It is a well-known time management strategy meant to help people remain productive. The main idea is to break your work down into focused work and small breaks of 25 minutes, break for 5 minutes, and take a much longer break after 4 cycles. Trust me, it works.
time yourself to stop laziness
Work smarter not harder
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”- Bill Gates
We often fail to remember that productivity isn’t about how much effort and energy we use but about how much we can get done. Laziness has led to innovators. It could even motivate you to develop an app that automates a task that is too time-consuming.
You need to use your laziness as fuel sometimes.
Ask for help
Most people think that asking for help shows how weak or helpless you are, which is not the case. Not asking for help when you need to, is a sure sign of attracting failure. If someone you know could help you then ask for help, you have nothing to lose.
Asking could be the one step to help you stop being lazy.
I was social media-obsessed (maybe I still am), and I would find myself scrolling on TikTok for over 3 hours and being unproductive. We all have our favorite distractions that we turn to when we don’t want to do a certain task, it could be scrolling through social media or watching a show, etc.
If you want to stop being lazy, you have to find ways to make your distractions less accessible. I schedule social media usage at the end of every day, and it feels rewarding when I use it without guilt. This you could be finding a quiet place to work, like the library or an empty room, or using an app to block sites that you scroll mindlessly when you should be on task.
Completing a task is rewarding, but external rewards drive most people. Having a reward in mind lets you focus on what you’ll gain from getting something done, like getting closer to a promotion or getting that grade you want. Celebrate the end of a big project with a night out or invite friends over for a drink.
Surround yourself with motivated people
It is said that you are the sum of your 5 friends as energy is contagious. If you’re surrounded by lazy people who constantly complain and are pessimistic, it’s going to be impossible not to share such feelings.
Being surrounded by optimistic, happy, and highly motivated people, will make you feel more motivated. Seek these people out however you can; it could be through podcasts, youtube, etc., whatever works for you.
Have an accountability partner
An accountability partner is someone who you confide in and share what you are trying to do, and they can join you or help motivate you. The fact that someone knows what you are trying to accomplish gives you the push you need to get up and do it, especially when you don’t want to.
I would highly recommend getting one, but if it’s not possible, here are some alternatives; document your journey in a journal or record daily videos of your progress. You don’t have to show anyone but trust me; this will inspire change.
Make Good Food Choices
What we eat determines how energetic we feel. With our busy schedules, we rarely have time for food planning and cooking; we often lean towards junk foods, reducing our energy levels. Try having veges daily, and you will notice a shift in your energy and this will help you stop being lazy.
Take a break
When your body says NO, and you’ve tried to fight it, then take the hint and relax. It’s better to come back later feeling energetic than having severe burnout you end up quitting.
It is completely reasonable to feel lazy some or even most of the time. Everyone gets lazy, even the most productive humans. It still doesn’t have to hold you back from getting the results or achieving the goals you want. I hope by now you can try to stop being lazy with these tips.