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7 Ways To Stop Being Lazy!

7 Ways To Stop Being Lazy!

“I’m going to take a lazy day today.”

Okay, there’s nothing wrong with this. It’s called a day off, and it’s a magical thing. But when every day is a “lazy day,” there’s a problem. Sometimes we just need a kick in the butt to get us up and moving, so we can handle our business effectively. However, often, laziness has a deeper and darker cause that we don’t want to think about, let alone acknowledge. Here are 7 ways to stop being lazy and become more productive!

1) Find out the root cause.

Are you burned out from working 27 hours a day, 9 days a week since before you can remember? This is a signal that you need a rest or a change. Human beings are not meant to work all the time. Our paleolithic ancestors worked, on average, about 20 hours a week. (Yeah, we members of modern society are getting hosed.) Maybe you feel overwhelmed, are afraid to fail at the task, or you just don’t want to do the task; these are discrete problems with separate solutions. Finding out the root cause of your laziness can help you make the changes you need to make to be a more effective and energetic person.

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2) Find your passion for the work.

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    You started doing what you do for a reason, but sometimes, even the tasks we love the most can become dreary and mundane. When this happens, remind yourself why you started doing it in the first place. You must have had a passion for it at some point, or you wouldn’t be bothering with it. Remind yourself of the good points of the work, not just the parts that suck.

    3) Break up your time.

    People work more efficiently when they have ample rest time. Working in short, focused bursts is far more effective than trying to slog through the task all at once. (College students: Remember that last term paper that you finished in three hours at 4am, working on caffeine, nicotine, and adrenaline? Yeah. I thought so.) Not only will you be happier with the end product, but you’ll feel better and more energized after completing it.

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    4) Look at ways you can do the task more efficiently.

    When possible, work smarter instead of harder. We’ve already talked about why working hard doesn’t work as well. If you can find a better way to do the task, you’re more likely to enjoy it because you’re not simply performing the task by rote, but rather, using your creativity and imagination to their best effect. This will make you feel better about the job and probably enjoy it more, too.

    5) Ask for help or support.

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      Sometimes, we just need a little extra backup. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help from a more motivated coworker, friend, or family member. This is a useful way to get you up and moving, because they will motivate you to do the task. At the same time, you may be doing them a favor by motivating them to work harder. A little friendly competition never hurt anyone!

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      6) Think about why you don’t want to do the task.

      This sounds like a rehash of number 1, but it’s really not. Some jobs we don’t want to do because they’re just not fun. Mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or getting under the car and replacing the alternator all have one thing in common. People don’t like doing these jobs because they take time and energy, they’re not pleasant, and we know that sooner or later, we’ll just be doing the same thing all over again. However, instead of thinking about why you don’t want to do the task, think about the benefits. Your car will run better, the Homeowners’ Association won’t be leaving you a nasty gram for the sixth time this month, and your house will look nicer and feel more welcoming. By turning a negative into a positive, you’ll find your outlook about these tasks will be more positive too.

      7) Force yourself.

      Sometimes, you have to do this with yourself.

        Sometimes there’s just no getting around it. All the good advice and wishes in the world won’t make the job look any better. In these cases, you need to remember you’re an intelligent, mature member of Homo Sapiens, and get off your butt. While it may not be fun at the time, you can look back on the task you did later and say, “Yeah. I did that.” You shouldn’t have to force yourself out of bed every morning (this is a warning sign of depression that you should NOT ignore), but every once in a while, we need to force ourselves to do something we just don’t want to do. Believe it or not, you’ll be proud of yourself once the task is done.

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        Last Updated on July 10, 2019

        30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

        30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

        What do your 3pm fridge raid and perfectly alphabetised bookshelf have in common?

        You most likely did both of them when you should have been doing work.

        Procrastination is one of the most human behaviours. We’re all guilty of putting off what we know is important from time to time, and it seems the more pressing the task at hand, the better we are at avoiding it.

        Sure, it means that every time we have an important deadline we end up with a spotlessly clean house and a completely empty inbox, but the real work gets left until the very last minute and is finished in a frenzy of stress and caffeine.

        But we can gain control over procrastination by noticing it as soon as possible and stopping it in its tracks. On the contrary, you know you have a bad habit when you’re aware you’re putting something off, and you continue avoiding it anyway.

        To start you off with combating procrastination, here are a few quotes to get you in a motivated frame of mind, because if procrastination has any enemies, it’s motivation to work harder.

        A Few Home Truths

          “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
          ― Mark Twain


          “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
          ― Leonardo da Vinci


          “Someday is not a day of the week.”
          ― Janet Dailey


          “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
          ― Israelmore Ayivor


          “The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.”
          ― Craig D. Lounsbrough


          “Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.”
          ― Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret


          “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”
          ― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor


          “Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.”
          ― Matshona Dhliwayo


          “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
          ― Abraham Lincoln


          “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.”
          ― Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere


          “By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?”
          ― Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes


          “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
          ― José N. Harris


          Some Practical Advice

            “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”
            ― Hilary Mantel


            “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
            ― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding


            “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
            ― Pablo Picasso


            “It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.”
            ― Lon Milo DuQuette, The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema


            “Do first what you don’t want to do most.”
            ― Clifford Cohen


            “How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”
            ― Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination


            “How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.”
            ― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating


            “Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.”
            ― James Jones


            Some Tough Love

              “Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.”
              ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph


              “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
              ― George Bernard Shaw


              “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
              ― José N. Harris


              “What is deferred is not avoided.”
              ― Thomas More


              “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”
              ― Chuck Close


              “If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
              ― Roy Bennett


              “Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.”― Sanjo Jendayi


              “You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”
              ― Debasish Mridha


              When You Need Pulling out of Procrastination

                “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
                ― Denis Waitley


                “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
                ― Karen Lamb


                Print these quotes out, stick them on the wall in front of your desk – do whatever it takes to remember why you shouldn’t be putting your work off, or getting distracted by a desire to rearrange your socks into colour order.

                It won’t be easy, but being aware of how detrimental procrastination is to your longer-term goals is the first step towards overcoming it.

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