The following guide about fighting laziness shows you ways to overcome laziness effectively. Furthermore, it gives you important tips on what you can do against laziness. Well, every one of us knows this feeling: we have a lot of work to do but a momentary feeling of laziness or even a habitual state of pure laziness prevents us from getting motivated to perform our tasks. We do not feel energized and just don’t want to do particular activities. This can either be the result of a lack of inspiration or we’re simply not encouraged enough to start working. However, laziness hinders us from the pursuit of our dreams. What is even worse: laziness reduces our life’s quality. We pursue by far less hobbies than we would if we weren’t lazy. Let’s not allow laziness to reduce the quality of our lives! Here’s what you can do against laziness.
First of all: What is laziness? Laziness is a mental state In which a person lacks energy and/or the necessary willpower and desire to perform a given task. This can have several causes, which I will explain later on.
It is time to get energized again! Let’s start fighting dilatoriness, inertia, and inactivity until we are able to overcome laziness once and for all. Here is the good news: laziness can be defeated, if we make some changes in our mindsets. Laziness can occur in different ways and has a lot of different (evil) facets. Here are some forms of laziness and ways to overcome them:
1. Lack of willpower:
One of the most common types of laziness is simply caused by a lack of willpower. Even though we know exactly how important a specific task for us can be, we still don’t have the willpower to get started. The laziness that can be attributed to a lack of willpower can be very tricky. Many people are confronted with it.
How to overcome the laziness caused by a lack of willpower?
The most important step to overcome this type of laziness is to get started, plain and simple. Start performing the tasks you have to do and get the job done that needs to be done. Something that helps you thereby is to find an “easy introduction” to the task by starting with something simple. Trust me, I’m speaking out of my own experience when I say that it is often ten times harder to get started than actually getting the job done. Once you are able to overcome this barrier you will notice that the task itself wasn’t the problem, but your lack of willpower.
Note: if you want to learn how you can effectively increase your willpower, have a look at the following article: Essential Strategies to Increase Self-Discipline.
2. Lack of motivation:
Another very common type of laziness is caused by a lack of motivation to get things done and/or achieve something. Such a lack of motivation can have several reasons, such as not having proper goals and aims, having no purpose in life or when not able to get motivated effectively.
How to fight laziness that is caused by a lack of motivation?
Get motivated! Increase your motivation! The most effective way to fight a lack of motivation is by knowing some excellent motivation techniques that help you to increase your motivation and to maintain it at a high level. I highly recommend you to read the following articles, that provide you some excellent motivation methods that are easy to integrate into your life (such as music) and show you some really advanced techniques that will boost your motivation:
3. Mindsets and attitudes:
In our life, we develop all kinds of different mindsets and attitudes towards life and laziness. Some people associate laziness with failure. Others associate laziness with pure pleasure. They consider it as a protective mechanism allowing them to avoid additional work. Sigmund Freud argued that laziness is a proper way for human beings to find pleasure, as they take pleasure from not doing anything (for further references see: Beyond the pleasure principle). The so-called intuitive laziness is a protective mechanism that gets applied by people that feel that a given task might not produce the desired outcome. For this reason, the task is neglected. This kind of laziness is so dangerous because if a task actually turns out to be unnecessary, it just reaffirms this person’s laziness.
These people have built the (negative) attitude that laziness can help them save time. This strategy might work in some cases, but it is counterproductive in the long-run. The second way laziness is used as a protective mechanism is when it comes to fear, such as the fear to fail, the fear of being responsible, etc.
How to fight negative attitudes that cause laziness?
The very first step to fighting laziness caused by negative mindsets is to realize that a specific attitude or mindset is wrong or non-beneficial for you. You need to realize that procrastinating work is not the right solution to avoid unnecessary tasks. Furthermore, realize that using laziness to avoid confronting your fears is not helpful either. In fact, it will only increase your problems in life.
Procrastination can be seen as a form of laziness as well, as postponing tasks has a lot to do with the laziness to actually do something. People postpone things for several reasons, one of them is laziness. Procrastination and laziness have in common that different excuses prevent us from starting to do what we need to do or what we would like to do.
How to fight procrastination?
First of all, the habit of postponing things reduces our chances of accomplishment. Plainly spoken: it takes our chance to achieve whatever we desire to reach. In order to overcome procrastination, it is very helpful to split tasks whenever these tasks seem impossible to accomplish. Split these difficult tasks into sub-tasks. This will help you to tackle one sub-task after another. Doing so will not only enable you to get started, but it will also help to maintain your motivation to accomplish the task.
These were four of the most common causes for laziness and ways to overcome these sorts of laziness. In the following you will find some more detailed tips to fight laziness:
How to overcome laziness?
- Simple things first: As I already mentioned, it is important to get started with the task you want to perform in order to fight laziness effectively. An effective trick that helps you doing so is to start with the simple things first. Doing so will help you to break your inner resistance.
- Step-by-step: Breaking down tasks into smaller tasks helps us to reduce the pressure of deadlines and will keep us motivated to perform these tasks one after the other in a relaxed manner. Once you have completed one sub-task you can tell yourself that you’re on a roll and that you will soon have finished the next sub-tasks as well.
- Make a to-do list: Sometimes we find ourselves in chaotic situations with a pile of work. It’s really difficult not to lose track of all the work that needs to be done. A to-do-list can help us in these situations to regain the overview, but even more importantly: it allows us to realize that it often looks like more work than it actually is. When you create your to-do-list make sure to arrange the tasks from the easiest one to the more difficult ones, which helps you to start with the simple things first.
- Visualize the benefits of a task/activity: Everytime I feel lazy or lack the motivation to perform a task I visualize for some seconds how it would feel to just start the work that needs to be done in a very enthusiastic way. I visualize the benefits that I could receive once I have accomplished a given task, which helps me to become energized and motivated again. Furthermore, it helps to beat the inner resistance that was hindering me to get involved with my tasks.
- Remove distractions: I noticed that distractions were often the source for my laziness and the sole reason I became lazy from one moment to the other. It made me realize that I was attracted by the distractions (TV, the internet, etc.) as my primary task that I should have done seemed boring. Whatever it is that distracts you (and I’m sure you know exactly what is distracting you when you have to study, work or need to get things done) remove it! Make sure that once you have started with one of your tasks you will not get distracted from it by any means. All these distractions might seem tempting but they make it more difficult for you to get back to your work.
- Reward yourself: Every time you managed to overcome laziness and successfully accomplished a task you should reward yourself, as this will help you to associate positive feelings about making efforts to get things done. Just make sure to adapt the reward to the efforts you made (small efforts & small tasks = little reward and vice versa).
Feel free to leave a response about what helps YOU to overcome laziness! We are excited to hear about your experiences and tricks.
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