How to overcome laziness
Here are some tips to help you get rid of laziness and get a grasp on your productivity.
Make your goals manageable
Setting unrealistic goals and taking on too much can lead to burnout. It can cause exhaustion, loss of interest and motivation, and a longing to escape.
Avoid overloading by setting smaller, attainable goals that will get you where you want to be without overwhelming you along the way.
Don’t expect yourself to be perfect
Perfectionism is on the rise and it’s taking a psychological toll.
This rise in perfectionism is causing people to be overly critical of themselves and others. It’s also led to an increase in depression and anxiety.
Use positive instead of negative self-talk
Negative self-talk can degrade your efforts to get things done in every aspect of your life. Telling yourself that you’re a lazy person is a form of negative self-talk.
You can stop your negative internal voice by practicing positive self-talk. Instead of saying, “There’s no way I can get this done,” say, “I’ll give it my all to make it happen.”
Create a plan of action
Planning how you will get something done can make it easier to get there. Be realistic about how much time, effort, and other factors are needed to meet your goal and create an action plan. Having a plan will provide direction and confidence that can help even if you hit a hurdle along the way.
Use your strengths
Take a moment to think about what your strengths are when setting goals or gearing up to tackle a task. Try to apply them to different aspects of a task to help you get things done. Research has shown that focusing on strengths increases productivity, positive feelings, and engagement in work.
We all have our favorite distractions we turn to when we’re just not feeling like doing a task — whether it’s scrolling through social media or playing with a pet.
Find ways to make your distractions less accessible. This can mean finding a quiet place to work, like the library or an empty room, or using an app to block sites that you scroll mindlessly when you should be on task.
Make tedious tasks fun
We tend to avoid jobs that we find boring or tedious. Chores like cleaning the gutters or bathroom will never be loads of fun, but you can make them more enjoyable. Try listening music or a podcast, or put on your fitness tracker to see how many calories you burn or steps you get while performing these tasks.
Getting a job done is a reward in itself, but some people are driven by external rewards. Focus on what you’ll gain from getting something done, like getting closer to a promotion, or reward yourself for a job well done. Celebrate the end of a big project with a night out or invite friends over for drink after a day of cleaning