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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.

Featured photo credit: Adam Lynch via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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