You find yourself reading productive books, with productive tips, or have used thousands of to-do lists, or you promise yourself that you're going to be more productive tomorrow ….. But it never happens!!!
Here is how you fix your laziness problem.
First thing you have to determine if it's laziness or overwhelming.
In our busy world it's easy to self-identify as lazy. When you're usually are a productive person and just because you have some relaxing time or you didn't finish something you wanted to finish you label yourself as lazy. So it's easy to convince yourself because you're too hard with yourself.
But you have to step back and try to identify your real problem.
You shouldn't use the word lazy to describe an entire personality. We just may lack of self-discipline, motivation, or a healthy sense of rewards, so you shouldn't name those problems as laziness. This way you'll only have a hard time to fix them.
When you see laziness as a part of you, then start by identifying what your issue actually is. Try to track and see where you spend your time. Or you write down what you do, hour by hour, for an entire week.
This way you get some data which you can break down into 3 categories:
- Lack of Self-Discipline: When your schedule is packed, but you're not getting as much done as you could or should in that time. Solution: removing distractions, but you may also need to find ways to boost your willpower.
- You have unrealistic expectations: When your schedule is packed but you're actually getting stuff done and feel lazy anyway, your problem is that you're too hard on yourself. Don'f forget to slow down every once in a while.
- Lack of motivation: When your schedule is pretty empty, or you spend most of your time sleeping or on leisure activities. This can range from not knowing what to do with your time or you're even battling with depression. Everyone deals with it in some from eventually.
So overcome laziness depends on what the underlying issues are. Whatever issue you deal with, you need to tailor your own specific solution. Take your time to examine your own weaknesses and come up with a plan.
- Learn how to value your work
You may be the sort of person who hates its work. Learning to appreciate the value of your work could be a solution but it needs time and practice to develop. Your mindset about work will help you to get things done. Surround yourself with people that love their work. To adjust your mindset try the next exercises:
- Write a list of benefits, there are benefits in doing work so learn to appreciate them
- Savor the times you enjoy working. You're hopefully and probably have some moments when you enjoy your work. When that happens, pause (if you can) and describe the moment to yourself or let someone else know. Externalizing your joyful moments intentionally helps to remember them later.
- Reframe what the word ‘work' is in your mind. Remind yourself that work is worthwhile, smile on purpose and just learn to like when you're dealing with failure (that should challenge you). Then how you treat work sets you up for how you experience it.
No one can make you enjoy work, if you stop thinking negative about it, you can turn your mindset around. The easiest way to get stuff done is to look forward to doing it.
If you still have difficulty to find a way to start, try the following three tips:
- Disrupt your habits: If the first thin coming home in the evening is to throw your keys away, lay down on the couch and turn on the TV, you set yourself up for an unproductive evening. Same if you check Facebook or emails first thin in the morning, you might waste your best hours. Interrupt the cycle just by making your usual routine more complicate. Just by unplugging your TV the night before. Or you don't even turn on your computer before you get your planned tasks done.
- Create behavior follow up to develop new habits. Be more specific about what you're going to accomplish. Don't just say I'm going to be more productive tomorrow, but give yourself specific tasks. Small changes to your existing habits are better than massive overhauls. Small changes lead to significant improvements over time.
- Consistency and check your progress. While you try to make new habits you'll probably experience setbacks, that's ok as long as you get back on track again. Use goal tracker, set specific goals and mark them off as soon as you do it. This reminds you what you need to do and keeps you accountable and it shows you how often you've succeeded.
Having proof that you've build a new habit or that you improved over time can give you the motivation boost you need to keep going. The moment you realize you've accomplished your goal, when you're happy with your progress and look forward to doing it again is when laziness dies.