Are you a lazy person? Would you rather sit in your comfy chair and do nothing? Watching your favorite series maybe? Yes, you get the urge to get up and do your chores, but that’s all. You just get the urge.
We will give you a few easy tips on how to “kill” your laziness:
1. Why are you so lazy?
What makes you lie in your bed all day long? Here are some bad habits that shut down your desire to get your life in order.
- Your goals are too complicated
Big goals require a lot of effort. Are you ready to invest that much energy in your goals? Start off by setting smaller goals. According to a research on artificial intelligence, our big goals are actually obstacles.
- You expect perfection
Nobody is perfect, and we all make mistakes. Do you stop your efforts every time you hit an obstacle? Perfectionists usually do this to prevent more mistakes. But, they are wrong.
Mark Twain once said, “Progressive improvement beats delayed perfection.”
Do you keep saying bad things to yourself? Do you often criticize yourself to motivate yourself? You are making a mistake. In this way, you are only focused on your failure.
Richard Davidson in the New York Times, director at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison explains that self-criticism affects both our bodies and mind.
“Self-criticism can take a toll on our minds and bodies…It can lead to ruminative thoughts that interfere with our productivity, and it can impact our bodies by stimulating inflammatory mechanisms that lead to chronic illness and accelerate aging.”
- No plan
Did you forget the planning part? We usually do this when we are too excited about something. We start off with great passion, and then make a step back when things go wrong.
2. See it for what it is
You know what makes you lazy, right? Now is the time to break the cycle. Stop making excuses. Become aware of the fact that you didn’t do something. Take responsibility and bear the consequences. Don’t even try to blame others.
3. Break your big goal into smaller tasks
You can’t just get up and finish everything you’ve started doing. Go step by step. Breathe and drink your coffee. Stop thinking of all the things you should do that day. Check off all the things you did.
According to Robin Camarote, the founder of Work Life Lab, setting big goals means making a lot of smaller plans.
“When you set a big goal, you’re really assigning yourself thousands of small tasks. When people give up on these big goals, it’s often because they haven’t clarified what those thousands of small tasks are or planned for the time and work needed.”
4. Intervals rule!
Instead of planning your entire day, think of the things you should do in the next 10 minutes. Short intervals can be of great help in the process.
All you have to do is stay focused in those 10 minutes. Start off with a small task, and add more to it. If you can’t clean the entire home, start off by cleaning your favorite corner.
In “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey wrote that “the key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” Do the dishes, and take a break. Now clean the fridge. Make another break.
5. Breaks are important
Especially if you are lazy. Giving yourself time is always good. You will look forward to these breaks. Schedule your breaks, and stick to that schedule. Follow your own rules. Don’t even feel about it. If you are at work, work 40 minutes and enjoy your 20-minute break.
Those who take breaks are more successful than those who don’t.
“From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself,” !” psychology professor Alejandro Lleras said. “Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task.”
Meditation is also helpful. It helps you to manipulate the alpha rhythms in the somatosensory cortex part of your brain, helping you clear your brain.
6. Eliminate distractions
Turn off your phone and put it somewhere else. Turn off every gadget that may distract you. Music may help you focus. If it doesn’t help, turn it off.
A 2017 study released in The Journal of the Association of Consumer Research has shown that our phones “reduce available cognitive capacity” even when they are turned down. This is called “brain drain.”
7. Exercise won’t kill you
A good workout will keep you in a good shape, and it will also make you more productive. It boosts productivity through alertness.
“When you exercise, you are also increasing blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and make you more ready to tackle your next big project. Exercise can also give you more energy. Having more energy means you will feel more awake at work.”
This doesn’t mean that you should go for a marathon. Enjoy a 10-minute walk and then do something else. Want a longer walk? Go for it? But never ever push yourself to do something that kills your motivation.
8. Change your working spot
Don’t like your office? Go to the cafeteria or to the nearest coffee shop. A study in the Applied Cognitive Psychology Journal has shown that changing our environment can help us improve our memory retention.
9. Find a working buddy
We all need someone to support us. It may be someone who will join us for a walk or someone who will help us organize our home. Enjoy the company f others and get more things done.
10. Nice clothes do magic
You can’t expect a miracle if you spend the day wearing your pajamas or sweatpants. Wash your hair and put on something nice. Cody Delistraty conducted a study and found that putting on different clothes affects our analytical skills.
Another study showed that students who wore formal clothes at a test had a greater ability to think analytically and provided more correct answers.
11. Pros and cons
Write these down. What will happen if you don’t get the work done? If you don’t feel like getting up and doing your chores, then don’t.
If you do benefit from that getting up, then get up and finish your tasks. Get everything done and reward yourself with a day off. Simple as that. You will feel better, I promise.
Laziness is sometimes terrible. It keeps you shut down, and you feel disconnected. It’s time to turn yourself on, and do all the tasks you’ve left behind. Being lazy is never good. Of course, you can spend the rest of the day on your sofa if you finish your chores first.