Laziness (also called indolence) is a reluctance or lack of enthusiasm to activity, or exertion despite having the ability to do so. Lazy is one adjective you don’t want to depict. Being lazy can be a very unhealthy way to live. In fact it can hinder you from making real progress in life. If you want to learn how to change your own behaviour, persuade yourself to change and stop being lazy, you have to follow these important rules.
1) Get organised
The most important aspect of overcoming laziness is getting organised. So many times we want to do something productive but the clutter and the junk makes it seem impossible to get anything done and entices us to not even start our task. A nice, clean and organised work space just invites us to do some work and be productive. A cluttered and trashed work space invites us to stay on the couch. Set aside a few hours to organising work stations – everything from your desk to your computer files to your favourite links on your web browser. Make everything as easy, seamless and efficient to find as possible.
2) Make a ‘to-do’ list every evening before bed
It is crucial to write down our goals so you can visualise exactly what needs to be done. Every single night, make a ‘to-do’ list on a notebook or in Microsoft word and add 5-10 things that must be accomplished the next day. From small tasks like going to the bank to big tasks like finishing up gigantic projects. Everything that needs to be done needs to go on the ‘to-do’ list. No task is too big or too little for the ‘to-do’ list.
3) Complete and schedule your ‘to-do’ list first thing in the morning
We all know that feeling of dread, of impending doom, when we know we have to do something but we don’t want to do it. So we keep procrastinating and it just keeps eating at us, making it harder to do the task but still eating us up inside. The only way to get rid of that feeling is to do unpleasant tasks very first thing in the morning and get them over with. Do all tasks in the morning, starting with the hardest task and ending with the easiest task. After you have completed all your tasks for the day first thing in the morning you have your whole day free knowing you have taken care of business already.
4) Be hyper-aware of the time
Starting and finishing our ‘to-do’ list at the exact same time every morning is imperative. It’s called habit and routine and it’s what separate the lazy from the productive. When you have a routine and habit it is easy to get stuff done everyday. Having no routine it makes it very hard accomplish anything. Start a routine, set specific times to start and accomplish your goals every single day and always be aware of the time. You never want your allotted end-time to come without finishing what you have started. Watching the clock forces you to work harder and faster to get everything done. We want a definite start time and a definite finish time to complete our ‘to-do′ list every morning.
5) Eliminate your procrastination stops
Know what you spend time procrastinating with and take action to remove it. If you waste time surfing the web, work in a place that doesn’t have internet access. If texting friends is your vice, move your phone into a different room or have a friend hold on to it for the afternoon.
6) Surround yourself with productive people
Who you surround yourself with inspires your behaviour. Hang out with people who are successful and motivated, and their energy will likely rub off on you.