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Stop Being Lazy! Simple Ways to Get In the Groove

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You wake up earlier than you normally would nearly every day for your job.

You may not be thrilled about it, but none the less you make it happen. No excuses you’re up and out of the door just in time to make it in to work.

After a full day of work you get to go home and finally have a minute to yourself. You take off your shoes and relax for a bit.

Then you remember you have something you have to take care of.

You don’t even think about getting up for a minute before you tell yourself that you’ll do it in 10 minutes.

After 15 minutes goes by you say you’ll get started in 30 minutes. Then you’re telling yourself it’ll be perfect for tomorrow.

But is it?

Tomorrow Never Comes

Nope, it never does.

Well, you know what I mean, the way you need it to.

Instead you continue to push the task back, further and further. Like it’s on your eternal back burner.

Ultimately, you never end up doing it.

There’s always something better to do compared to something you have to do.

In fact, after a long day of work or even running errands, doing nothing and kicking your feet up sounds like the perfect way to spend the evening.

But you’re really not that tired and doing nothing isn’t exactly exciting. You’re just being lazy.

Making It Possible

Feeling lazy every once and awhile is normal but that doesn’t mean you have to allow yourself to be consumed by the feeling whenever it strikes.

Most of the time it’s going to be better for you to overcome it.

I mean if you ever want to get anything for yourself done. It’s really not fair to you if you can get up to work for the man but can’t work on your personal goals.

There are a few ways you can develop your ability to overcome being lazy.

Clear Space

This actually helps me a lot.

When you’re surrounded by clutter and mess it’s hard to get motivated. It has this mental effect on you that slows you down. Even if the clutter has nothing to do with your task.

Tidy up a little regularly to keep a clear space and your head in the game.

Right Now

You know how it goes when you’re being lazy.

You push things back and back and back, until you barely remember that you have to do it.

But there’s nothing wrong with right now. You just have to change you’re feeling about it.

Think about how much better things would be if you got it done and out of the way. Focus on that until you’ve convinced yourself that right now is perfect.

This should be easy. It’s pretty much what you’ve been doing, but in reverse.

What Do You Have to Lose

A lot if you don’t do it right? Well, remind yourself of that.

The next time you find yourself saying that it can wait consider what will happen if you continue to put it off. Will it make it harder to achieve? Will it put more time and space between you and the end result?

Stop allowing your laziness to create unnecessary challenges.

The Bigger Picture

There are a few things you’ll do for the process. For the most part, it’s all about the end result.

So don’t get hung up on the things you have to do to get there. Focus on why you’re doing it, the bigger picture.

Walk Down Memory Lane

You’ve been there before. You know, when you didn’t do something because you were too lazy and had to face the horrible consequences of your actions.

Recall the things you had to suffer through before because you couldn’t bring yourself to just do it. Use that to motivate you to do something now.

Make it Easier

Having a lot to do can be very overwhelming. And laying on the couch can be very relaxing.

So when you put the two side by side it’s no wonder the couch comes out on top.

You can make things easier by slicing and dicing your tasks. Instead of trying to do one whole task, break it down to smaller steps that are less frightening.

Get Up

This always gets me in the morning. I’m a night owl but have learned the hard way that getting up earlier makes it possible to get more stuff done during the day.

Even after discovering this, getting out of bed was still quite the task. Getting off of the couch after a midday break was difficult also.

Then I realized that just getting up was an incredible icebreaker. Even when it was to do something else, just moving around helped.

Once you’ve moved around a bit, doing something that requires physical movement, it becomes easier to do anything else.

It’s like warming yourself up. It prepares you for action.

Just Start

Sometimes you just have to do it.

Overthinking ruins everything. You end up over analyzing everything until it seems like a bad idea.

Don’t let it get that far, take the first step. Once you get the ball rolling it’ll be seamless to move on to the next step.

Before you know it you will have gotten farther than you originally thought.

Watch Your Self-Talk

Most of the time when you have difficulty doing something or find yourself locked into the same bad behavior, your thoughts about it are the leading factor.

When you’re constantly telling yourself that something is too much work and laying down is a better alternative, you will not ever want to get up.

Make sure that what you are saying to yourself is preparing you to take action towards it, not against it.

Ending Laziness

The only time being lazy poses a problem is when you can’t shake the feeling.

It’s perfectly normally every now and then but it shouldn’t be your default feeling. If you live your life like that you won’t get anything done.

Don’t let the challenges that follow being lazy take over your life.

Whenever you feel it you just have to overcome being lazy. It’s a skill you’ll have to sharpen, yet one you’ll use over and over again.

 

Tell me…

What happened the last time you were feeling lazy?

 

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  • Hi Lea,

    It’s too easy to be lazy. What works for me is that I set up a daily routine for myself, and follow that routine every single day. With this in mind, I do not have to think too much of what needs to be done. After the routine is taken care of, then I can slack off. Lol!

    Another excellent article, Lea. πŸ™‚

    • Lea

      Hey A.D.,

      Isn’t it though? It’s hard to pass up a nice lounging session when compared to real work.

      Nice plan lol. I’ve learned to do the same. Once you get used to the routine it easier to follow up through.

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience on combating laziness.

      ~Lea

      • Yes indeed! πŸ™‚

        Thank you as well, Lea, but for being so awesome. πŸ™‚

  • Hello Lea,

    I’ve been lazy several times. Put off so many things. Yes, I sometimes regret doing so as it hit hard later on.

    However I have improved over the years and blogging has motivated me to be productive and kick laziness away. I agree with all the points you mentioned especially ‘Just start’. I have just started my You Tube channel. But man, I’ve put it off for so many months. I thought iI had to be fully prepared. Made all kinds of excuses to put it off.

    Thank goodness, I woke up one morning feeling so stupid about putting this off. I woke up, showed up and got the video done and WOW! it feels good.
    What on earth was I waiting for? πŸ™‚

    I’m a night owl too Lea. I get more things at night than I do during the day. It works for me because of my other commitments.

    Your post did act as a great reminder. Thank you.
    Wishing you a great day πŸ™‚

    Hema

    • Lea

      Hi Hema,

      Blogging, when done consistently, will kick you into gear. To make progress with it you do have to find a way to keep laziness at bay.

      Congrats on that! Good to hear you still followed through with it.

      Exactly!! Once you’re done with it its like geez maybe I overreacted. Sometimes you just have to think about how you’re going to feel afterward. Hopefully it’ll be more than just relieved.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Enjoy the weekend.

      ~Lea

  • Hey Lea,

    It always appear that I hit your blog at just the right time. I had two days off this weekend and this morning when I got up boy did I have to do some positive self talking. I nearly talked myself into another day off.

    I started my motions and within 20 minutes I was back to where I needed to be. Doing everything with my usual flare and enthusiasm. Phew – I thought I was going to have to push through the day. But once I got started I was so happy that I did.

    However I did note that had I wanted to take two days off that is more than fine, but plan for it and if things unexpected come up like a spat of laziness like it did this weekend – just do a couple of hours. I don’t like being behind.

    But you are right start with a clean space. For me starting in amongst a mess – well it no longer happens anymore. Loved your post, right timing and I’m putting my lazy back in the box where it should be. Thanks.

    Rachel.

    • Lea

      Hey Rachel,

      Yes. I found that to be the case with myself also. Once I got the ball rolling with something it was easier to move on to the next and so forth. Sometimes you just need to go through the motions to get into the groove.

      I don’t like to be behind either. What’s the point in playing catch up when I can do a little here and there. It just keeps things simplier.

      I’m so happy this touched you. Glad to hear you’re productively moving along πŸ™‚

      ~Lea

  • Stella Chiu

    Lea

    I am type A person who will not stop moving and working. I am also an “early morning” so I get more things done before 9 AM.

    You are right, when we are overwhelmed by too many things piling up, we can de-cluttered so that we can have clearer mind to handle the things in front.

    – Stella Chiu

    • Lea

      Hi Stella,

      Wow, that must be impressive. I had to train myself to be more productive in the morning.

      I think your mind ends up looking at it like another thing to do, keeping you from focusing on what you are actually trying to do. Which is why I always try to keep a clear space.

      Thanks for commenting.

      ~Lea

  • I totally agree about the inner-self talk. It’s amazing what we tell ourselves without realizing how much we believe what we’re saying…and then we create the circumstances to support these conversations.

    • Lea

      It is. Sometimes you don’t even notice what you’re saying to yourself at all. Your life is reflect of your mindset so in order to get rid of those circumstances you have to change your self-talk.

      ~Lea

  • Clutter is to our environment like high bad cholesterol is to our bodies: it clogs up everything. I’ve experienced just want you mention about clearing up/out your space Lea! I’m actually feeling lazy – right now. Usually I am not lazy however, I’m transitioning from a looong life of work to figure out, what I want to do next. So, I am taking a lazy shortcut.

    • Lea

      That’s a great comparison Patricia! It really does.

      Well after such a looong time I’m sure you’re entitled to a few lazy days, just as long as you get back to the core of who you are, not being lazy. Best of luck in finding out what to do next.

      ~Lea

  • Natasha

    Great information! It becomes hard once you’re stuck in a rut. It’s best to keep moving!

    • Lea

      Thanks! It is, once you get moving you can transfer that energy to something you need to do.

      ~Lea

  • Hey Lea,

    As I was reading through this I was thinking to myself, this was me last Sunday. I just had one of those days when I had so much stuff on my list of things to do and I didn’t feel like doing any of them. Granted, I have my days like anyone else but overall I’m not a lazy person.

    I go through my list of things to do and I tackle them every single day. I pretty much enjoy what I do though so I can only imagine working a full day and then coming home and having more things to do even if you do enjoy them. I’m one of those people who needs my sleep so if I haven’t gotten enough then I’m ready to veg.

    Your tips are very helpful though, they always are. You come up with the best suggestions to help get us through whatever issues we’re dealing with at the moment. Thank you for this great advice and I’ll be sure to share it as well.

    ~Adrienne

    • Lea

      Hey Adrienne,

      I can relate. Generally, I’m not a lazy person but the feeling to take it really easy can pop up when I really need to get cracking.

      Yes, a seemingly never ending day can exhaust anyone, making them feel like a lazy afternoon is the best way to end the day.

      Needing sleep is probably the only thing I’ll cave into when I’m feeling lazy. I need my sleep too. If I don’t have enough I can’t focus. Because of that I typically do what I have to to keep a balanced night schedule.

      Thanks so much Adrienne! I really appreciate that πŸ™‚

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea,

    I used to be a night owl, but it screwed up my entire day! Every week I would go to bed an hour earlier. Before I knew it, I was up with the rest of the human race lol. I’m still no early bird, but can have a longer day.

    I find that if I push myself to do the most difficult task first during the day, the rest is so easy and I don’t have to battle laziness. Don’t get me wrong…I do have lazy days and will allow myself to just take that day off here and there. But as long as it is “a day off” in my mind. It’s ok πŸ™‚

    -Donna

    • Lea

      Hi Donna,

      I’m naturally a night owl also. You’re right staying up late and waking up later can hinder a day’s productivity. I eventually understood that waking up earlier meant there were more hours in the day to get things done.

      It was quite the adjustment but it works all around.

      Nice technique. And once you’ve conquered the hardest thing you feel pretty good and can tackle anything else. Thanks for sharing that πŸ™‚

      ~Lea

  • Some great ideas Lea. I definitely find ‘clear space’ important, though sometimes that can derail me as I want a clear inbox before I start work!

    • Lea

      Thanks Ellen. Having a clear space really worked for me too. I was actually surprised by it at first, who knew the two could be connected.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea, I’m most certainly “not a morning person” but I don’t think of myself as lazy, because I will normally work until 2am to make up for my late mornings. I don’t actually want to change this, because I feel most productive in the late evenings. Just a couple of days ago I had an inspiration at 2am that had totally eluded me during normal people’s days. My client was delighted.

    If I DO have to get up early in the morning, my trick is to remind myself that I only have to get out of bed once each day, and it’s equally horrid no matter what time I do it, so I may as well get it over and done with. That does the trick πŸ™‚

    Joy

    • Lea

      Hi Joy,

      As long as you have a system that works for you and you’re actually able to be productive when you need to be then you’re good. I’m a night owl myself, but over the years I have found a way to be more productive in the mornings.

      Thanks for sharing your early morning wake up trick with us πŸ™‚

      ~Lea

  • Mark Newsome

    So how is it you know so much about my routine and periodic
    mindset Lea!LOL!

    I mean, (honestly) who hasn’t had to effectively
    deal with this type of mindset occasionally?

    And isn’t it funny,how we always seem to have an abundance
    of unexplainable energy, when it comes to
    doing something we really wanna do!LOL!

    Irregardless of whether the time spent is productive
    or not!LOL!

    Thanks for blasting certain myths out of the water!

    We tend to be lazy, when it most suits our purposes!LOL!

    • Lea

      Lol, I think it happens to us all Mark.

      I think its more common than you think especially when you get used to and surrender to it. At that point you don’t even notice it anymore. You just notice things you need to do piling up lol.

      Everyone wants to take the easy road but it doesn’t usually lead to anywhere we want to be.

      ~Lea