How to get over your laziness

How soon 'not now' becomes 'never' - Martin Luther

Laziness is common and each and everyone becomes lazy at one point in time. Occasionally it is fine but when it becomes your habit and is affecting your productivity, is not helping you to grow your skills, this is the time, we need to take some action.

It is important to learn - how to keep that lazy time to a moderate and healthy amount instead of letting it hold us back and stuck in the same place of excuses for months or even years.

There are endless reasons for being lazy. It can be a lack of passion to do anything, any medical condition, lack of our ability to manage things, or any other excuse.

Below are some tips to help you get rid of laziness and get a grasp on your productivity.

Start with just one step forward

The hardest and the most important thing is often to simply get started.

Start with baby steps, so make that as easy as you can to reduce the inner resistance and to actually take action. Start with just taking a small step forward.

  • If it is for a workout, go out for a walk just for 5 minutes.

  • If it is for reading, start with just one page per day.

  • If it is for writing, start with just one paragraph per day.

Make manageable goals

Setting unrealistic goals and taking on too much can lead to burnout. Burnout can cause exhaustion, loss of interest and motivation, and a longing to escape.

Avoid overloading by setting smaller, attainable goals that will get you where you want to be without overwhelming you along the way.

Make a plan of action

Planning how you will get something done can make it easier to get there. Be realistic about how much time, effort, and other factors are needed to meet your goal and create an action plan. Having a plan will provide direction and confidence that can help even if you hit a hurdle along the way.

Avoid distractions

distractions are everywhere and can easily deviate our mind and can make us feel like not doing a task — whether it’s scrolling through social media or watching tv, gossiping, etc.

Here we should try to find ways to make our distractions less accessible.

Don't run behind perfection

No one is perfect and can only work towards the road of perfection.

Perfectionism is on the rise and it’s taking a psychological toll. Youngsters these days run behind quick success and want to be perfect in a short span of time.

People with perfectionism hold themselves to impossibly high standards. They think what they do is never good enough. A desire to achieve is healthy. But an irrational desire to always be perfect can cause problems.

This rise in perfectionism is causing people to be overly critical of themselves and others. It’s also led to an increase in depression and anxiety.

Therefore it is important to set some realistic goals and without the desire of attaining perfection, one should always put effort to achieve his/her goals.

Start practicing positive affirmations

Negative self-talk can derail your efforts to get things done in every aspect of your life. Telling yourself that you’re a lazy person is a form of negative self-talk. Instead, tell yourself that you are enough and capable.

Keep an attitude of “I can do it”, “I am capable” and “ I’ll make it happen “.

Try decluttering

When your life’s too cluttered and overwhelming then you may shut down and procrastinate by lying lazily.

In that case, start uncluttering both your work hours and your private time. Keep things in mind like: “What if you have only 1-2 hours to do a task and that task is the only way of your survival “ and “What if you have only one hour of free time”.

These scenarios will help you set a mindset.


Nothing can be done until you have the mindset to get that task done. Your beliefs play a pivotal role in what you want and whether you achieve it. Your mindset plays a significant role in determining achievement and success.

A mindset refers to whether you believe qualities such as intelligence and talent are fixed or changeable traits.

People with a fixed mindset believe that these qualities are inborn, fixed, and unchangeable. While People with a growth mindset, believe that these abilities can be developed and strengthened by way of commitment and hard work.

We can bring positive change by focusing on the process rather than the outcome, try to understand that our efforts, hard work, and dedication can lead to change, learning, and growth both now and in the future.

A little laziness is not a bad thing, and everyone deserves a slow day now and again. Figuring out how to stop being lazy may be as simple as changing the way you approach certain tasks and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

If you’re having trouble finding the energy and desire to do things more often, try figuring out the root cause and slowly and steadily work on it.

The world is full of willing people: some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. - Robert Frost

Things will get done only when you work on them. A slow start is better than no start.

Thanks for reading!!

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