1. UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ARE LAZY
Laziness is not a cause but a result of an underlying problem. Eliminate the root cause. Understand why you feel lazy. Are there any recent changes in your life?
There could be many reasons for laziness. Some of the most common reasons are:
# YOU HAVE TOO MUCH ON YOUR PLATE
When you have a lot to do, and you don’t know where to begin, your mind gets quickly exhausted from all the tension and worries.
In order to be productive, you have to channel your energies in the right direction. Instead of thinking a lot, just start from where you can.
Sometimes you need to start your journey without planning every detail. Do what is the need of the hour, and learn to improvise.
Also do not shy away from asking for help. It is OK to share your load with another person.
# YOU ARE TIRED
Do not expect your body to work like a machine 24/7 without any break.
Your body needs rest and sleep to function at its best.
If you are tired for some reason, give yourself time and indulge in few self-care activities, before getting back to work.
Take care of your health, eat nutritious food and exercise regularly to feel energetic and fresh. Cut back on processed food and try to eat home-cooked meals as much as possible.
# YOU ARE SAD
You cannot be at your best when you are stressed or depressed.
Negative thoughts that arise due to anxiety, depression or stress, mess with your mental peace.
Clear your head of all the negativity and fill your mind with positive thoughts.
Talk to a counsellor or a therapist. Although there is no shame in seeking professional help but, if it is a taboo in your culture (and you are not open to the idea) or you cannot afford sessions, talk to a friend or a close family member.
Write down how you feel and let it all out. Be strong. Be a fighter.
Do not let your past destroy your future.
# YOU DON’T LIKE THE TASK
If the task is dull, make it enjoyable.
Try to do your work with a different approach and change your mindset.
For example – I was always too lazy to do the dishes and laundry, as I found them too monotonous. But now I do these works while I talk to a friend or listen to my favourite music. This way, I can do the tedious but necessary work and not feel lazy.
Studying can be tiresome too if you are not interested in the subject and to overcome that, think about the consequences. Find motivation through the consequences.
What would happen if you don’t study or how amazing your life would be once you are done with your studies? Ask yourself these questions and find a reason to start working.
When you know that you are lazy because the task is monotonous, try to do it, the first thing in the morning. Eat the frog. Do the task when your mind is fresh and you are in high spirits.
YOU ARE TOO SCARED TO START
Your goal is enormous and seems unachievable, therefore you are too hesitant to start it. And laziness comes as a handy excuse to dodge the task.
Break your goal into small achievable parts.
Complete your mini-goals daily till you reach the target.
For example – You have a chore which would require six to seven hours to complete. And, so you schedule the task for the entire Sunday evening. The chances are, you will find it challenging to begin, as the commitment of straight seven hours is big.
Instead, break the task into smaller pieces and daily complete it bit by bit. Even if you can give fifteen minutes a day to that work, be happy. Fifteen is more than zero.
2. FOLLOW A ROUTINE
Visualize a day where you can work on your goals and do all your activities.
Now convert your visuals into words on a paper and create your ideal daily routine.
Create a routine as detailed as possible.
3. DO NOT GET TOO COMFORTABLE
You cannot expect productivity and activeness while you slouch in a cosy blanket, almost ready to lie down.
Sit upright and work from a table. If you do not have a study table at your house, work from any place other than your bed.
Your bed is supposed to make you go to sleep.
A correct posture is not only important to have a healthy body, but also to keep laziness at bay.
4. SCHEDULE YOUR DOWNTIME
Working continuously without breaks hampers your productivity and makes you tired. And tiredness is the gateway to laziness. Hence, it is necessary to take regular breaks between your work schedules.
Plan your downtime and avoid working at a stretch at all costs.
Breaks and downtime if used properly can enhance your productivity. But, if you do not know how to end your break, and get back to work, it just turns you into a procrastinator.
The best solution to this problem is by scheduling your break.
5. FIND MOTIVATION
Why would you leave that cosy bed and wake up to the annoying sound of alarm for no reason? Find motivation to get your day running and do something.
Before you sleep, plan an exciting day ahead. Find your reason to jump out of that bed.
I always pre-decide my breakfast menu a night before. This helps me do any meal prepping if required and also take the edge off my busy morning. No more “what to eat” morning worries. A delicious breakfast motivates me to wake up a few minutes early.
6. DO NOT TRY TO BE PERFECT
It is alright if you are unable to stick to your plan for a day due to some reason.
You are a human being. It is OK to make mistakes. Just because one day did not go as planned, does not mean you failed.
Do not abandon your plans or schedule. Stick to your routine.
Start again the next day. Start fresh.
Be kind and flexible and don’t judge yourself on petty things.
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