It is very important to overcome laziness to achieve your goals in time.
Laziness is among one of the signs of being weak. Because it keeps you from doing your tasks. It does not let you face challenges and difficult situations in life.
Laziness can happen either you don’t want to do the specific task or it is too daunting. It is also the reason for your habit of procrastination.
But to live your life to the fullest and achieve success, you have to overcome laziness. You can do it in several ways. Here, we will dig deeper into some of the most effective ways to overcome laziness. These ways also help you to stop procrastination and to be more productive in life.
How to Overcome Laziness?
Here is the list of 21 ways to overcome laziness:
- Identify the issue:
Laziness usually happens when you are feeling tired, overwhelmed, encounter some daunting tasks, feeling a lack of motivation, afraid of something, etc.
Laziness holds you back. And to overcome laziness, you have to find the real issue of why you are feeling so? Put all your efforts to find the real issue so as to tackle it.
- Analyze the Problem:
Once you find the real issue, analyze the whole problem. Approach it with a problem-solving attitude. Ask yourself why it is happening? How you can eliminate it or at least how to make it less severe?
It is not mandatory that you will fix the problem right away, but you can start with small steps to tackle it.
Like if you are feeling tired, take some adequate rest, and then go back to work again. Have some healthy diet to gain some energy. If you are feeling a lack of motivation, try reading some motivational quotes or books. You can also take the benefits of online motivational videos.
All these small things will contribute in overcoming laziness.
- Don’t fear failure:
One of the most common reasons for laziness is fear of failure. People often doing tasks in which they think they can encounter failure. And, that’s why you feel like not doing it or they should do it later.
But, instead of fearing failure, we must change our mindset to handle the failure. Always remember that failure is a part of success.
Failures help us to learn new things and grow in life.
And, once you understand the role of failures in success, you will rarely procrastinate due to fear of failure.
- Use 2-Minute Rule:
The 2-Minute Rule says if a task can be accomplished in less than 2 minutes then just do it right away.
Because if you put these tasks aside, there are more chances that you will forget them. Also, your to-do list will also remain full of these 2-minute tasks which will seem daunting to you. And, the daunting tasks are the real motivation-drainer.
So, shorten your to-do list by completing such tasks right away to stay motivated.
- Be a Doer, not a Thinker:
If you are thinking that you must do some task and you aren’t doing it. Then, the best thing for you is to get up and accomplish it.
If you keep thinking only, then you will make the task much more daunting just because of overthinking. And, I already said daunting tasks are the real motivation-drainer.
So be a doer, not a thinker.
- Clear the mess around you:
Cleaning the mess around you can help you to de-clutter your mind. If your desk is full of books or with other working materials, your mind will experience undue stress. This stress takes control of your mind and you end up giving up on the task.
So, get organized and keep things at the right place to eliminate this undue stress.
Self-talk can be encouraging as well as devastating, it all depends upon your thinking. Positive thinking leads to positive self-talk while negative thinking leads to negative self-talk which can devastate your motivation and hinder your success.
So, monitor your self-talk and if you find yourself doing negative self-talk. Then, just stop it and start thinking positively to motivate yourself.
Saying “I am lazy or weak, I can’t do it” will not going to take you anywhere. This will only make you feel upset and depress, and getting motivation while depressed is not easy.
But, if you do some positive self-talk, you can feel the power of positive thinking right away. Just saying “I can do it” a couple of times can give you enough motivation to at least take your first step. And, there are fewer chances of quitting once you get involved in it.
- Visualize the benefits:
Visualizing the benefits of completing the task can give you temporarily but enough motivation to at least your work.
Think what will you get if you complete a certain task now instead of sitting idle? Obviously, you have much more time later and less pressure.
You can do something else at that time like exercise, some other important task, or can even hang out with your friends. It will help you to overcome laziness and be more productive.
- Thinks of Consequences:
Think about what can be the negative consequences if you postpone your tasks. These negative consequences will help you to get up and push you to accomplish the task to avoid negative results.
- 10-Minute Rule:
If you find a task too daunting or boring, set an alarm of 10 minutes. Then just start doing it for those 10 minutes even if you don’t like the task.
Because there are fewer chances of quitting tasks once you get involved in it. And if after 10 minutes also, you don’t feel like doing it, then you can skip it. But still, you have done it for at least ten minutes. It is far better than sitting idle in those 10 minutes.
- Leave some easy task for next morning:
If you want to leave something for the next day, try to leave something easy and achievable. That way you have something easy to start the next morning. This will give you a good start to the day.
- Exercise and Good Diet:
A good diet and exercise keep you energetic in life. Exercise keeps your metabolism up and a good flow of blood in the whole body.
Exercise with a combination of a good diet helps you to stay healthy in daily life. You get proper nutrients to stay fit. Hence you have more energy to do your tasks.
- Break Down you Tasks:
If you have something too daunting to accomplish and you don’t feel like doing it. Then try breaking your goals in smaller chunks by using SMART goals.
This will help you accomplish your bigger goal by accomplishing a number of smaller goals. Also, this will make a chain of accomplishment in your life which will boost your self-confidence.
- Share your Goals:
Sharing your goals with a trustworthy person can help you complete your tasks on time. Because now you know that someone has an eye on your progress. This will give you the motivation to get up and work whenever you are being lazy about your goals.
- Understand the need of Motivation:
The main reason for laziness is the lack of motivation. So, there is a need to understand how does motivation works in your life.
- Write down your Goals each week:
A to-do list is always helpful to stay focused. Because you already know what are the specific tasks that you need to accomplish. And, hence there will be no need of planning what to do again and again which is also good time management.
You can make a to-do list for a whole week or month or a year. The yearly to-do list will be your long-term goals. These can be broken into chunks of short-term goals in the form of monthly or daily goals. Again, this will help you to be more productive.
You can put these tasks as reminders on your mobile home screen. You can also take a screenshot of these goals and make it your wallpaper of the phone or laptop.
- Environment plays an important role:
Your environment holds a big share of becoming lazy. Your surroundings decide how you are going to work and what will be your efficiency and productivity.
If you are studying at home or working from home and you are feeling lazy while doing your tasks. Then, try going to a library or a place where everyone is working. Because you will observe people around you are working hard, this thing will motivate you also to work hard and give your best.
And, if you are in an environment where people around you are watching TV or playing games. Then, there are more chances you will lose your focus and get attracted to other activities. So, switch your environment according to the situation.
Practice self-motivation to overcome laziness. Your mind plays an important role in how you spend your day. And, if your mind is not convinced to work wholeheartedly then nothing can stop you to work hard. Self-motivation is the key to convince your mind to work.
Thinking and saying “I can and I will do it” a couple of times will give you enough motivation to work for your goals. And, once you start work, chances of accomplishing it increases.
Henry Ford said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
- Ask an Expert:
Sometimes you quit a task because you are unable to it even after you have given your best. And, that’s why you avoid doing that task.
In such a case, instead of quitting ask your friends or colleagues or an expert who has done it before. You will have some additional knowledge and a wider perspective of the situation. Therefore, your chances of succeeding increase.
- Appreciate Yourself:
Daily appreciating yourself at the end of the day can help you in getting up the next morning with a kick-ass attitude.
Appreciate not only your accomplishments but also your efforts. Maybe you were not able to complete the task today but at least you made efforts. And trying is much better than sitting idle.
- Reward yourself:
Rewarding yourself provides you temporary motivation to work. It is among one the two types of motivation i.e. extrinsic motivation.
You can reward yourself after the completion of a task. Like if you complete your mathematics syllabus then you will go treat yourself with lunch or dinner in a restaurant. This will help you complete your tasks on time.
You will not overcome laziness with these 21 ways immediately but these are permanent remedies to overcome laziness. It will take time but after a few weeks or months, you will observe that you are much more active and productive.
So, practice these ways to overcome laziness and cultivate motivation to work for your goals and achieve them.
Never lose hope, have patience, and work on a consistent basis because hard work always pays off not immediately but definitely.