Do you want to stop being lazy?
Fine, I’ll show you exactly what to do. Enough with ‘’find your why’’ and ‘’make your tasks more fun’’.
When you’re lazy, you don’t take action. Instead, you procrastinate and tell yourself you’ll do something ‘’tomorrow’’(probably the biggest lie in human history).
I know how you feel. You feel like you’ll never accomplish anything in your life. Nobody wants to be lazy. So why most of us are?
Well, the truth is…
Laziness is never a real problem:
I have years of experience in doing nothing. I used to believe that’s just the way I am and I can’t do anything about it.
However, I realized something:
If you’re lazy, there’s nothing wrong with you. You just feel overwhelmed.
Yeah, that’s the main reason you procrastinate. You think about the hard work you need to put in.And how much time it takes until you finish.
These thoughts make you give up before you begin. However, that won’t happen if you change your mindset and start to see things differently.
How to change your mindset to take massive action:
I want you to do an exercise.
Take 20 minutes off and make a list of everything you ‘’should’’ do to improve your life. Like starting a business, losing weight, moving to a new city, etc.
Then, keep from your list just one thing. This will be your priority. From now you’ll focus every day on that. Forget about the rest.
If you do this, it’ll be difficult for you to be lazy.
Because you’ll have just one priority on your schedule instead of 10.
I know you hate to give yourself constraints. It feels limiting. But I promise you’ll see the benefits.
Create new habits:
Even with just one priority, most people believe they’re not motivated enough to take action.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. If motivation would be the key to success, no one would be successful.
Why? Because motivation is a limited resource. Most days you won’t have it and there’s nothing you can do about it.
The good news is that you can always take action. You just need to change your old habits with new ones.
Habits are something you practice every day, no matter what. And good habits can change your life.
The question is, how can you form them?
Well, any habit has 3 elements.
The cue which is a trigger that remembers you to practice your habit.
Then, you have the routine which is the habit itself.
And finally, you have the reward. Any habit gives yourself some kind of pleasure. Even the bad ones. That’s important because a lot of people skip this part. Don’t do that if you want something that stick.
Examples of regular habits and how they work:
- Watching movies: It’s night and you’re bored(cue). You search on Netflix for a movie and you watch it(routine). You feel entertained (reward).
- Brushing your teeth: You finish your lunch(cue). You go to bathroom and brush your teeth(routine). You feel your mouth clean(reward).
- Eating junk food: You go out with your friends and you’re hungry(cue). You buy some junk food(routine). You enjoy the taste of junk food(reward).
Pretty simple, isn’t?
When you want a change in your life, start with one habit at a time.
Try to make it smaller to make sure you don’t give up.
For instance, if you want to become a writer, writing 1,000 words/day from the beginning could be too much.
But writing 100 words/day it’s possible. Once you do that for a while, you can start to write more. And repeat the same process until you reach 1,000 words/day.
I use the same strategy for any habit and it works. Don’t hurry! It takes a while to form good habits. But once you do it, you’ll be productive without even thinking about it.
Create keystone habits:
These are the habits that impact your entire life. They have the power to make you see yourself in a different way.
Not all of them are necessarily positive. After all, if you smoke and drink every day, you’re going to see it impact other areas of your life negatively.
However, if you adopt good keystone habits, your life can drastically improve.
I suggest the following:
Probably the best keystone habit. And it makes sense. Once you start exercising, you’re not only becoming more conscious about the way your body looks but you also have more willingness to live a healthier lifestyle.
There’s no excuse to don’t exercise. It’s cheap or even free and you can find time to do that even if you have a 9 to 5 job and other responsibilities.
Exercise can help you procrastinate less at work, eat healthier and become happier.
More time awake means more work done, right?
Maybe, but the quality of your work can suffer.
Some people believe sleep is for the weak and they choose to rest just for 5-6 hours/night.
But if you do this, you’ll feel tired all day. On the other hand, you also don’t want to sleep too much. You can’t rest for 10 hours and expect to wake up feeling great.
Make sure you sleep 7.5 to 8 hours almost every night.
This keystone habit will help you becoming more productive, reducing the consumption of junk food and enhance your body clock.
3.Waking up earlier:
Ok, let’s say you sleep for 8 hours. That’s great but you can get more benefits if you also become a morning person.
Don’t sleep from 3 AM to 10 AM.
Go to bed at 10 PM and wake up at 5:30 AM. This is the schedule I use and it works pretty well for me. Put your alarm clock across the room to force yourself get out of the bed.
The morning is the time when you have the most willpower. Creative work and hard tasks are easier to do.
And if you start your day right, it’s much easier to stay productive until you finish it.
Use the 2-minute rule:
Let’s say you need to do something that’s not a habit.
But you avoid that because it seems difficult.
What can you do about it? Well, I suggest the 2-minute rule. I learned about it one year ago and I noticed it kills procrastination.
There are 2 ways to use it.
- If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, do it right now. You don’t want to deal with it later.
- When you start something, start for just 2 minutes. Often, you’ll do more than that.
If you want to read a book, start with the idea of reading just the first page. And you’ll finish the first chapter faster than you imagine.
Or, if you want to clean your room, commit to clean just your desk. It’ll be a no-brainer to continue.
Ok, you get the idea.
Most tasks are not so hard to do. But it’s hard to start them. Take care of that.
Being lazy is not a real problem. You’re just overwhelmed by how many things you need to get done.
I gave you some tips in the article to overcome this.
To summarize this post:
- decide what’s your biggest priority and stop worrying about anything else
- create habits to take action without effort
- use the 2-minute rule to start difficult tasks
Now, I’d like to hear from you. Which one of these tips did you find the most useful? Do you have any other tips to stop being lazy? Leave a comment.