Laziness is a problem that affects everyone from time to time. It's normal to be unwilling to do the tasks of the day, not having the incentive to do something, being easily distracted or lacking motivation in general. Everyone struggles with laziness at some point, but by developing healthy habits, organizing priorities, and stopping thinking only about the negative aspects, it will be possible to be more active in everyday life.
Method 1 of 3: Motivating Yourself
Step 1. Find reasons to stay active
Lack of motivation is one of the main causes of laziness; this can happen when you find yourself with a pile of paper on your desk, or when you feel that the challenges of the day do not encourage you to try to meet them.
Think on a broader spectrum. It's easy to get lost in the day-to-day tasks of life and not realize what goal you're heading for. Every day, remember how the task at hand is contributing to the larger goals you have. These may be financial goals, in terms of fitness or education, that will be helpful in your career and personal life. Make a list and write down why you want to complete these tasks
Step 2. Celebrate success and achievements
When something appears to be insignificant, the motivation felt is less. Stay optimistic and when you complete something, congratulate yourself. This also scares away laziness, as you will be seeing the result of your work.
Whether through exercises or chores for school or work, it's important to have goals that can be achieved. Write them down and mark them as done when completing them
Step 3. Don't belittle yourself
Laziness can become a vicious cycle, being a kind of self-loathing. When you lack motivation and cannot complete a task, you may become discouraged, which will only decrease the chance that you will be able to progress.
- If you keep telling yourself that you are lazy, you will end up being lazy. From now on, stop thinking that way, thinking that you are a person of action. Visualize that you are working and struggling, completing all necessary tasks. Do this daily for 30 days until it becomes a habit.
- Take time to relax. There is a tendency to associate inactivity with laziness, which produces a feeling of guilt and can lead to more laziness; instead of whining, take exclusive time to rest and rest.
Step 4. Take responsibility with the help of others
Instead of trying to do everything yourself, put yourself in a situation where friends and family can help you. Sharing the responsibility and relying on the support of those close to you motivates you to stay in shape, fulfill the tasks and strive to fulfill your dreams.
If you're trying to get in shape, find a friend who will also go to the gym or take dance lessons with you, for example. That feeling that you are letting your friend down will arise when you think about not fulfilling the task. When it comes to high school or college work, find a friend who can help you study and stay “in line” by getting the grades you need
Method 2 of 3: Procrastinating Less
Step 1. Recognize that you are procrastinating
Sometimes a part of doing nothing is filling the day with less important tasks so that you can't really see what you're doing. Look for signs that you are procrastinating, such as:
- Sit down to do something important, but decide to grab a snack or coffee.
- To occupy the whole day with things that are not so important.
- Read emails or communications several times before deciding what to do with them.
Step 2. Make a schedule for the day
Many people make to-do lists; however, such lists give a “scary” aspect to the day, with tasks that are not tangibly incorporated, becoming just something one aspires to do. It is important to take into account the time you have and how long each task will take so that you are really motivated and not spend the day “lazy”.
- Check how long the tasks will take. Thus, the chances of procrastinating are less, since you are working with a realistic schedule. Also, remember that something can always come up, forcing you to change your plan. No problem; just add the new to-do and fine-tune the schedule.
- Set limits. Individuals susceptible to procrastination should avoid mixing work and personal life. Assuming you'll finish the job by 5:30 pm forces you to be productive within a time limit.
Step 3. Do fewer tasks, but do them correctly
You may even procrastinate when you feel that there are too many things to do and you have no motivation to even begin. Many even feel that they are trying harder than necessary; this is because they feel they are overwhelmed and fragmented from having so much to do. Nowadays, stimuli and information are constant. The best thing to do is simplify your life rather than stop doing things because you are overwhelmed.
Have a “media fast” for a week. Not all types of information we consume on a daily basis, from all types of media, are useful. Unless they are needed for your work, do not contact them for a week. Don't watch TV, don't read the newspaper, don't go to social networks, don't surf the internet, and don't watch videos. Create your own rule according to these tips
Step 4. Make it a habit to do anything as soon as it is seen
For example, there is a pile of papers in your office that need to be thrown away. Put them in the trash immediately. It's not important, but eventually this task will have to be done. Make it a custom so that the to-do doesn't pile up and later become an endless list of tasks.
This habit will be difficult to acquire at first, but it will help you develop good habits. The tendency to put things off can snowball them, leading to laziness and procrastination
Method 3 of 3: Starting the Day Right
Step 1. The day must start in the right way
Do not press the alarm's snooze button or go back to sleep; get out of bed immediately to begin the “journey” actively. You have a greater chance of feeling energized as you start your day without being lazy.
For this to become a habit, be patient. Put the alarm out of your reach; thus, you will have to get out of bed to turn it off
Step 2. Get plenty of rest
The less time you sleep, the more likely you are to get up and feel lazy, which can put you off. Sleep for the recommended amount of time to wake up well, feeling rested, rejuvenated and ready to start the day!
Each person needs a different amount of sleep to "work" well, but try to get at least six or seven hours of sleep. Turn off all screens and electronic devices as you prepare for bed, making yourself as comfortable as possible and blocking out anything that might distract you and stimulate your mind
Step 3. Start the day by being active
Exercise right after waking up; energy will remain high and will take advantage of peak hormone hours. Physical activity also helps with concentration and not being distracted for the rest of the day.