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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 March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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