It is OK to take a day off in a week, but when every day’s a lazy day, there is definitely a problem. Often, laziness has a deeper cause that we do not want to think about.
This week I would like to share habits that have helped me stop being a lazy butt and get what really matters done. (This obviously does not mean that I don’t like to have some guilt-free lazy time!)
Complete a Small Part of an Important Task as the First Thing in a Day
Start with what truly matters to you as the first thing in a day and stick to your schedule in the long run (once a week or as it suits you).
Break down this task into smaller steps and focus on just the first one. Get on it to set a good tone and stay motivated during the rest of the day.
As the day progresses, you will find it a lot easier to complete the task after getting a good start.
Prioritize your work rather than starting your day with something like checking emails or Instagram.
Alternate Focused Work with Small Breaks
Take small breaks between focused bursts of work. For example, work on a task for 30 minutes and then take a 5-minute break.
The work seems less daunting when you break down your hours like this. You feel more energetic and perform better with these pauses of rest, be it a walk in the park or reading a blog.
You can then work for say 45 minutes before taking a 10-minute break. The key is taking it easy on yourself.
You can use the timer on your phone or a table clock if you have any trouble sticking to your time limits.
Unclutter Your Life
When life gets too overwhelming, most of us procrastinate by lying on the couch and just watching the TV or scrolling Facebook endlessly.
If you find yourself doing the same, you need to start uncluttering your work hours and private time. Ask yourself these 2 questions:
What would I work on if I only had 2 hours for doing work today?
If I had just one hour of free time today, how would I spend it?
This will help you find your top priorities and get out of your old rut. See what you can eliminate, minimize, and delegate to others.
It is OK to Stumble From Time to Time
The fear of failure can make you stay in your comfort zone and not try anything new. This can be another reason for your laziness though you may not realize.
Everyone who goes outside their comfort zone stumbles and fails often. It is just that we don’t hear about people’s setbacks as often as their successes.
Look at setbacks as a learning experience and a way to be more constructive.
Whenever you stumble, ask yourself: what did I learn from this experience and then think what your best friend or parents would have done to help you in this situation.
Laziness may make you postpone what you ought to do, and it is not fun to do things like cleaning the house or paying the bills, but they need to be done anyhow.
But once done, you can look back on the task you completed later and say, “Finally, I did that” and feel proud of yourself.
What do you do to beat laziness? Share your tricks and tips by leaving a comment below.