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7 Ways You Haven’t Tried To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Things Done

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7 Ways You Haven’t Tried To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Things Done

Want to stop being lazy? Not being lazy and doing work is one thing but doing work and actually being productive is another thing. A 24-hour day seems too short for an average human being especially those with hectic schedule.

To make the most out of the day from our work, career, or even vacation, we need to work smart and hard.

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Below are some tips to increase productivity and get more work done.

1. If you are in college, take down notes, reminders, and exams’ schedule.  Take down everything from the lectures of your professor to the reports of your classmates.

College student have to study their courses and memorize notes for exams, quizzes, and assignments. Remembering bits of information is not an easy task especially if there are other things you need to worry about. According to research, writing down information will let you remember it easily. This lets you know in advance if there is an exam this week or there is a report you need to do.

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 2. Create a set of routines every day.

An average work schedule runs from mondays through fridays and having a hectic schedule because of it gives an uncomfortable feeling. Creating routines for every single day of the week provides an organize schedule. Whether it’s hitting the gym after work, going to bed by a certain time, or just leaving early for work to accommodate traffic, routines are fool-proof reminders to ensure productivity.

 3. Never do multiple tasks at once especially if they are important.

We cannot give our 100% to a single task if we are too busy doing multiple tasks at once. Eliminate trivial tasks in your schedule and set aside tasks that are not due for the day. This will let you focus on a single task and give your 100% at it. Who knows? Maybe you can finish the task fast and accurate, and give you more time for your other tasks.

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4. List the most important task/s (MIT) for the day and start doing them.

There are events where your boss gives you extra work that must be done in a day or some unforeseen circumstances force you to shift your schedule. Whatever those are, write down the most important tasks (MIT) that must be done for the day and start with them. Set your priorities straight so that you don’t have a hard time choosing what should be done first.

5.  Get a gym membership pass, jog around your neighborhood every weekends or just eat healthy.

As the motto goes, “Health is Wealth”, our body should not be abused in any way for it is our long-term investment. We cannot work properly if we are sick or if we have health issues, this will hinder us from being productive and getting tasks done. Staying fit and healthy allows us to function properly for our work and other tasks. It also boosts our self-confidence.

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6. Just say NO to tasks that are over your work limit or to invites from your friends going out to the bar or somewhere else.

Most of the time, peer pressure provides anxiety rather than comfort. Saying NO is a skill that must be learned these days. Imagine if you say yes to every invites from your friends or to tasks offered by your boss, adding unnecessary tasks to your work schedule. Saying NO will not affect your social status and position in life as long as you do your work properly and you set your priorities straight.

7. Sleep early and wake up early.

This one is an overused statement but that fact is a testament on how important sleeping and waking up early is. 24 hours seem a lot of time to schedule your tasks but in reality, it is short. Your work schedule will be reduced depending on how many hours you spent sleeping but sleep is important as it is the time our body produces new cells and heals wounds. Waking up early provides you more time, might it be an hour or two, to work for your tasks.

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Productivity allows you to get more work done. Planning your work schedule as early as possible conditions your mind and body to adapt to the new ways and routines that will eventually become a part of your daily habit.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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