Instead of battling laziness, use it as a signal to do things differently, such as finding meaning in your work, removing distractions and deliberately procrastinating before resuming your work, writes Albert Costill. And don’t be afraid to share what you’re working on with friends and family, both to gain their support and someone to hold you accountable.
If you’ve experienced any of the above, then you’ve come to the right place. Why? Because I’m going to share with you ten practical tips on reducing your laziness and elevating your productivity.
1. Arrest your laziness culprit
“Are you burned out from working 27 hours a day, nine days a week since before you can remember?” asks J.S. Wayne for Lifehack. “This is a signal that you need a rest or a change.”
“Human beings are not meant to work all the time,” he adds. After all, even our paleolithic ancestors worked less than we do — on average, they put in about 20 hours a week at work. “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,” he suggests. But, in addition to being burned out, some other culprits include:
- Your plate is overflowing with a cluttered calendar and too many time commitments. So instead, focus on the vital few.
- Having low self-esteem or a harsh inner critic. Silence them through positive self-talk.
- You’re not well physically or mentally. You know the drill. Get enough sleep, exercise, and make better food choices. And, don’t hesitate to ask for help.
- You don’t like the task. In life, we have to do things we don’t enjoy. Either delegate these tasks or find motivation through consequences