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Tips & Tricks to Live a Healthy Life by Avoiding Laziness

Tips & Tricks to Live a Healthy Life by Avoiding Laziness

Laziness is a state of passivity and lack of desire to do anything. A lazy person does not want to change anything and has no problem with stagnation in life. There is no harm in being a little lazy, like after working hard for several hours, but if the lethargic state becomes consistent, then it can become a serious problem.

Laziness does not just affect you physically but mentally as well. People often think that mental noise is a sign of active thinking, but almost 90 percent of it is created by the subconscious mind, which means that conscious mind is doing little work. Laziness has very adverse effects on your health. It can cause mental problems, heart problems, weight problems, and more. An active life is key to living healthy and preventing serious diseases.

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Here are some of the tips and practices that can help in overcoming laziness.

Break Tasks Into Smaller Tasks

If a task is too big, you may be hesitant in doing it. It may seem too overwhelming, and you may get discouraged even before starting it. You will tell yourself that a big task will take too much time, and you will end up avoiding it. You can solve this problem by decreasing the size of the task. When the work is divided into series of small tasks, it will seem more achievable and less tiring.

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This an excellent approach to deal with lazy mentality. It is very useful for goals and everything else in life as well. You can systematically approach everything you do by taking it one step at a time.

Rest and Exercise Regularly

Laziness can occur due to a lack of lack of energy. If you do not have the mental or physical strength to work, then you will fail to do anything. It is important to make sure that you give proper nourishment to your body and mind so that they can work together efficiently. It is critical that you get adequate rest and sleep so that the mind and body are fresh for any task. Exercising is also an excellent way of keeping yourself active. It is important to exercise for at least half an hour daily.

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Find Motivation

It is possible that the reason behind laziness is a lack of motivation. You will find it tough to spend your energy working on something that you do not feel motivated toward. Always try to increase the incentive. You can strengthen your enthusiasm by using affirmations and thinking about the importance of the task for yourself. Tell yourself the positive consequences of achieving your goal or completed the work.

Focus on a Single Task at a Time

Multitasking is not a good thing as it increases absent-mindedness and automatic thinking. It reduces the activity of the conscious mind, which results in mental illness. It is better to concentrate on just a single task at a time. Give all the attention and effort to just one thing to make your brain more active. You’ll be able to give your attention to the details and enjoy the task at hand a lot more.

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Meditate

Calming the mind and keeping it free of negative thoughts is crucial. If you lose positivity, you won’t feel motivated to indulge in any activity. One of the best ways to keep healthy thoughts is meditation. You can start just by sitting still for a few minutes and breathing deeply. Try to stay focused and pay attention to your breathing. Meditation is an excellent tool for controlling your thoughts and having a peaceful mind. It easy to stay active if your life is positive, and you have a reason to move around and stay healthy.

Reduce Escapism

Escaping from a hectic life to relax is not a bad thing, but entirely abandoning your regular life and getting obsessed with escapist activities has adverse effects on your health. It will numb your mind, and you will avoid indulging in any physical or mental activity. It is important to be aware of your thoughts to lead a healthy life.

You can lead a healthy, positive, active life by making these practices a part of your daily lives.

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Last Updated on October 22, 2019

How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

We live in a world of massive distraction. No matter where you are today, there is always going to be distractions. Your colleagues talking about their latest date, notification messages popping up on your screens, and not just your mobile phone screens. And even if you try to find a quiet place, there will always be someone with a mobile device that is beeping and chirping.

With all these distractions, it is incredibly difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. Something will distract you and that means you will find it very difficult to focus on anything.

So how to focus and concentrate better? How to focus better and produce work that lifts us and takes us closer towards achieving our outcomes?

1. Get Used to Turning off Your Devices

Yes, I know this one is hard for most people. We believe our devices are so vital to our lives that the thought of turning them off makes us feel insecure. The reality is they are not so vital and the world is not going to end within the next thirty minutes.

So turn them off. Your battery will thank you for it. More importantly though is when you are free from your mobile distraction addiction, you will begin to concentrate more on what needs to get done.

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You do not need to do this for very long. You could set a thirty-minute time frame for being completely mobile free. Let’s say you have an important piece of work to complete by lunchtime today. Turn off your mobile device between 10 am and 11 am and see what happens.

If you have never done this before, you will feel very uncomfortable at first. Your brain will be fighting you. It will be telling you all sorts of horror stories such as a meteorite is about to hit earth, or your boss is very angry and is trying to contact you. None of these things is true, but your brain is going to fight you. Prepare yourself for the fight.

Over time, as you do this more frequently, you will soon begin to find your brain fights you less and less. When you do turn on your device after your period of focused work and discover that the world did not end, you have not lost an important customer and all you have are a few email newsletters, a confirmation of an online order you made earlier and a text message from your mum asking you to call about dinner this weekend, you will start to feel more comfortable turning things off.

2. Create a Playlist in Your Favourite Music Streaming App

Many of us listen to music using some form of music streaming service, and it is very easy to create our own playlists of songs. This means we can create playlists for specific purposes.

Many years ago, when I was just starting to drive, there was a trend selling driving compilation tapes and CDs. The songs on these tapes and CDs were uplifting driving music songs. Songs such as C W McCall’s Convoy theme and the Allman Brothers Band’s, Jessica. They were great songs to drive to and helped to keep us awake and focused while we were driving.

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Today, we can create playlists to help us to focus on our work. Choose non-vocal music that has a low tempo. Music from artists such as Ben Böhmer, Ilan Bluestone or Andrew Bayer has the perfect tempo.

Whenever you want to go into deep, focused work, listen to that playlist. What happens is your brain soon associates when you listen to the playlist you created with focused work and it’s time to concentrate on what it is you want to do.

3. Have a Place to Go to When You Need to Concentrate

If you eat, surf online and read at your desk, you will find your desk a very distracting place to do your work. One way to get your brain to understand it is focused work time is, to use the same place each time for just focused work.

This could be a quiet place in your office, or it could be a special coffee shop you use specifically for focused work. Again, what you are doing is associating an environment with focus.

Just as with having a playlist to listen to when you want to concentrate, having a physical place that accomplishes the same thing will also put you in the right frame of mind to be more focused.

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When you do find the right place to do your focused work, then only do focused work there. Never surf, never do any online shopping. Just do your work and then leave. You want to be training your brain to associate focused work with that environment and nothing else.

If you need to make a phone call, respond to an email or message, then go outside and do it. From now on, this place is your special working place and that is all you use it for.

Every morning, I do fifteens minutes of meditation. Each time, I sit down to do my meditation, I use the same music playlist and the same place. As soon as I put my earphones in and sit down in this place, my mind immediately knows it is meditation time and I become relaxed and focused almost immediately. I have trained my brain over a few months to associate a sound and a place with relaxed, thoughtful meditation. It works.

4. Get up and Move

We humans have a limited attention span. How long you can stay focused for depends on your own personal makeup. It can range from between twenty minutes to around two hours. With practice, you can stay focused for longer, but it takes time and it takes a lot of practice.

When you do find yourself being unable to concentrate any longer, get up from where you are and move. Go for a walk, move around and get some air. Do something completely different from what you were doing when you were concentrating.

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If you were writing a report in front of a screen, get away from your screens and look out the window and appreciate the view. Take a walk in the local park, or just walk around your office. You need to give your brain completely different stimuli.

Your brain is like a muscle. There is only so much it can do before it fatigues. If you are doing some focused work in Photoshop and then switch to surfing the internet, you are not giving your brain any rest. You are still using many of the same parts of your brain.

It’s like doing fifty pushups and then immediately trying to do bench presses. Although you are doing a different exercise, you are still exercising your chest. What you need to be doing to build up superior levels of concentrated focus is, in a sense, do fifty pushups and then a session of squats. Now you are exercising your chest and then your legs. Two completely different exercises.

Do the same with your brain. Do focused visual work and then do some form of movement with a different type of work. Focused visual work followed by a discussion with a colleague about another unrelated piece of work, for example.

The Bottom Line

It is not difficult to train your brain to become better at concentrating and focusing, but you do need to exercise deliberate practice. You need to develop the intention to focus and be very strict with yourself.

Set time aside in your calendar and make sure you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘off the grid’ for a couple of hours. With practice and a little time, you will soon find yourself being able to resist temptations and focus better.

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