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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What happened the last time you were feeling lazy?