Are you lazy? Do you find yourself struggling to get things done? You’re not alone. Many people are lazy, but there are ways to overcome it. In this post, we’ll discuss how to stop being lazy and become more productive. We’ll also provide tips for getting started. So, if you’re ready to change your life, keep reading!
How Laziness impacted me
I often found myself procrastinating and avoiding every difficult task. I would tell myself I will exercise today, instead, I found myself lying in bed staring at my phone.
Similarly, when it came to working or studying, I would just avoid it.
My Favourite pass time was to lie in bed and do nothing. I realized that this behavior was impacting my life and I was capable of doing more.
Laziness was just an excuse that I was making to avoid getting things done, it was in fact my brain that got drained by the thought of doing things.
My Life changed when I understood why I was lazy.
Understand the root cause behind your laziness:
It is important to ask yourself the root cause behind your lack of motivation and laziness.
It could be a number of factors that could be stopping you from getting started.
For example, you may be struggling with procrastination, disorganization, time management, or lack of energy. Once you understand the root cause, it will be easier to find a solution.
Here are some reasons you might lack the motivation to get things done
Self Limiting Beliefs
One reason people are lazy and are not productive is because of their self-limiting beliefs.
For example, you may believe that you’re not good at math or that you’re not smart enough to do well in school.
When you have limiting beliefs about yourself you will find your energy drained out. Whenever you try to do a task you feel demotivated and will find excuses to stop yourself.
Feelings of self-doubt will occur and your brain will start telling you that “you cant”.
Therefore if you don’t change your beliefs, you will continue to lack motivation.
Another reason people are lazy is their own fear. This can be things such as fear of failure or fear of rejection.
When you’re afraid of something, your brain will do everything to prevent you from doing it. In this case, you’ll find yourself avoiding tasks and not being productive.
I had a fear of driving, so the thought of going out would drain me. I would sit at home and not meet my friends because I was scared. Similarly, if you are afraid of failing. You will find every excuse to not start the task.
People may also be afraid of what others will think of them. So, they choose to not do anything at all rather than risk failure.
In order to be productive, you need to face your fears and overcome them.
Your past experiences
If you have had negative experiences in the past, it is likely that you will be lazy in the present. For example, if you have failed a test in the past, you may be hesitant to study for another one. Similarly, if you have been rejected by a romantic partner, you may find it difficult to pursue other relationships.
These past experiences can cause you to be fearful and hesitant about taking action. As a result, you may become lazy and avoid doing anything at all.
8 Tips to Stop being Lazy
Get rid of self-limiting beliefs
One way to overcome laziness is to get rid of your self-limiting beliefs. If you don’t believe in yourself, then it will be difficult to be productive.
Start by identifying your limiting beliefs and writing them down. Next, challenge these beliefs and come up with evidence that proves these are false/ For example, if you think you’re not good at math, try to do a few math problems and see if you can get them right.
The more you disprove your limiting beliefs, the easier it will be to be productive.
When you’re trying to break a habit, it’s important to start small. For example, if you want to start exercising, try doing 5 minutes, try increasing this every day.
This will be easier than trying to exercise for 1 hour at once. The same principle applies to productivity. Start by doing a tiny task that you know you can do. This will give you the momentum to keep going.
The more tiny habits you complete, the easier it will be to be productive.
Set Smart Goals
The biggest mistake we make is not creating Smart Goals. For the longest time, I used to say I want to lose weight but didn’t set out goals for myself. So each day I woke up, not knowing how to start. When you have specific and measurable goals, it is easier to be motivated.
For example, rather than saying “I want to get fit”, set a goal like “I will go to the gym for 3 days this week.”
By setting smart goals, you are more likely to achieve them. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and will motivate you to keep going.
Create a To-Do List
When you have a to-do list, it’s easier to be productive. The reason is that you have a visual representation of what you need to do.
Plus, it feels good to check things off your list. So, start by writing down all the tasks that you need to do. Next, prioritize these tasks and put the most important ones at the top. Finally, start completing these tasks one by one. As you complete them, feel good about yourself and be proud of your accomplishment.
Limit distractions – such as social media and your phone.
I found that I would spend a huge amount of my day scrolling through Instagram and Tiktok. It dawned upon me, that these habits were extremely unhealthy and were making me lethargic.
It is important that you use your energy on more productive things and limit all distractions.
I was addicted to my phone, so getting rid of the addition was not easy. I started small, by keeping my phone in the other room for an hour daily, and then I slowly built up. I also tried a 30 Day Phone detox challenge, which helped me detox from my phone.
Limiting your distractions will help you be more productive. This is because you’re not giving your full attention to the task at hand.
So, try to limit distractions by turning off your phone, closing your social media accounts, and working in a quiet environment. This will help you focus on the task at hand and will allow you to be more productive.
When it comes to being productive, it’s helpful to have an accountability partner. This is someone who will check in with you and make sure that you’re staying on track. They can also provide encouragement when you feel like giving up. So, find someone who is willing to be your accountability partner and make a commitment to each other.
Practice Regular Self Care and reward yourself
It is important that you practice regular self-care and reward yourself occasionally. When you’re feeling down or unmotivated, taking some time for yourself can help.
Some self-care activities include reading, going for a walk, and listening to music.
In addition, it’s important to reward yourself for completing tasks. This could be something as simple as getting a coffee or treating yourself to a movie.
By doing these things, you will be more likely to be productive in the future.
This is something that worked for me. When I said I needed to do something, I tried to start working on it immediately. I would do something small to start the task. Even if it meant writing just one word or planning the day ahead.
Telling myself that I will do it tomorrow, never worked for me. The next day I would find some excuse again. Therefore don’t wait for the perfect time or for inspiration to strike. Just start doing something, even if it’s small. This will get the ball rolling and you will be able to build on this momentum.
Be Kind to yourself
We are our own worst critics. We often beat ourselves up when we don’t meet our expectations. This is not healthy and it will only make you more unmotivated. Instead, be kind to yourself and give yourself some grace.
When you make a mistake, learn from it and move on. Don’t dwell on the past and don’t compare yourself to others. Just be you and be the best that you can be.
Remember it is okay to Fail
In order to be successful, you need to be willing to fail. This is something that I had to learn the hard way. I used to be scared of failure and would do everything possible to avoid it. This led me to become very unmotivated and eventually led to burnout.
Now, I know that failure is a part of life and it’s okay to make mistakes. So, don’t be scared to try new things, and don’t be afraid of failure. This will help you be more motivated and productive in the future.
In conclusion, there are many ways that you can stop being lazy. It is important that you find what works best for you and that you are willing to put in the work.
Remember to be kind to yourself, practice regular self-care, and start immediately. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to fail. This will help you be more productive in the future.