How to Stop Being Lazy:
Hey, let’s be honest. Sometimes, we all have moments when we feel lazy, unmotivated, and when we just don’t feel like doing anything, especially the things we SHOULD do.
But, I guess you’re here because you have these moments a bit to often or when they happen you don’t know how to snap yourself out of it.
That’s why I want to share with you these three tips on how to stop being lazy.
1) Stop debating it
Next time you feel lazy, pay attention to what’s going on in your head.
I bet you, there is a dialogue or even an argument going on where the good and conscientious part of you is arguing why you should get up and do something, and the lazy part of you has all the great answers why you totally should not move a finger.
As you know, this battle is really hard to win.
The trick is to not even start debating it. Just shush the lazy voice.
What really helps me is I imagine the good part of me has a remote control and is controlling me to do what needs to be done, to do the right thing.
2) Gain (some) momentum
Have you ever tried to push a car or some heavy cart?
Getting it into motion is the hardest bit. Once it’s rolling, it gets much easier.
It’s the same with the task you need to get done.
So my second tip is: start for 5-10 minutes, take the first step.
Put your trainers on if you want to go running.
Open powerpoint if you’re writing a presentation.
Just take the first step and do something.
You’ll be amazed that as soon as you get moving it will be easier to continue and little harder to stop.
3) Overcome the dark side
How much do you like that lazy part of you? Not much I suppose.
I’m sure it’s getting out into trouble, upset and angry with yourself.
How would you like to weaken that sucker to the point that it doesn’t have any power over you?
Ok, let’s do that.
This tip has a few steps.
First of all, see that lazy part of you as almost a little separate entity.
a) Take a moment and write a list of everything that is upsetting, annoying, irritating, disgusting, and infuriating you about you when you’re lazy.
Write down all the trouble laziness has got you into.
b) Now, fantasize a bit about how awesome it would be if you were not lazy at all if you were ultra-disciplined and productive.
How would you feel about yourself?
How would you utilize all your time and productivity?
What could you achieve? What would you work on?
Who could you become?
Write it all down. It will feel amazing.
c) Every time you’re at the bring of the decision whether you’ll be lazy or productive, there is a battle of two forces, and the one that wins gets a little stronger. What you want to do is to see every moment when you’d normally give in to laziness as an opportunity to win over the annoying, lazy part of you, and make the productive side of you a little stronger.
It will feel super gratifying every time your productive self wins over the lazy one. More importantly, taking action will become a little easier next time.
So now, enough theory and let’s be productive!
Let me know in the comment what will be your first action ???
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I’ve been one of Tomas’s clients for three weeks. I have far fewer idle moments, mainly because the all-pervading sense of accountability gets me off my arse back to work. In one way a, very real way, I hope this attitude to working towards my goals will continue at the end of my association with Tomas; in another way, I hope it doesn’t!
I have had a life-long reluctance to working hard at necessary but boring jobs. Therefore if my current work rate turns into a habit, I will be doing, just what, for years, I wanted to avoid.
Here’s a pretty close analogy: Thomas, no relation 😉 , is scared of flying. He attends a course to remove this phobia. After a few weeks, Thomas thinks: ” I’m getting on well; when I imagine myself flying I am less scared than before. But if this course is successful, I’ll be flying whenever it’s more convenient to do so, and I HATE flying.
In reality, this thought occurs every now and then, but the sensible part of me knows full well how illogical it is.
Hi Graham, thanks so much for the comment. You’re kicking ass and making great progress. I’m proud of you and I see things getting much better still (for both, your satisfaction ((getting things done)) and upset ((having to have to do them)) ).
Relating to the article; you have a massive WHY! which is passing your amazing music to musicians around the world to their enjoyment as well as those who listen to it. It would be unbearably selfish to keep it to yourself. And you ARE a generous person so…. here we go.
Great article, I often get that lazy feelings when I have to write some new articles on my blog. Just like you said, the hardest part is to start, when I finally start writing, somehow I just get motivation and I keep writing until I finish the article.
But ive got one question, sometimes it feels that if I set too many goals, i dont do any of them. What would be your advice? Should I only set 1-2 goals, and then when I finish them, i can move to another ones?
Thanks a lot.