11 Tips for Overcoming Laziness pt. 1

Laziness is frustrating. You know you should be doing things, but you do not feel like doing them. Everyone has been in this situation more than once.

A lazy day is not an issue on occasion, but chronic laziness can cause many short and long-term challenges in your life.

Learning to deal with laziness effectively is an essential tool in your life skills toolbox.

If laziness is negatively affecting you, try these techniques to curb it:

  1. Start with the most challenging task. Many people find that there is just one task that is preventing them from taking action. If you could just put that task in your rearview mirror, everything else would be a piece of cake. Try doing your most dreaded job first and watch your productivity rise!
  2. Start with the most straightforward task. On the other hand, if you could gain a little momentum, you might find yourself motivated to continue. Try doing the shortest or easiest job first and see what happens.
  3. Reward yourself for taking action. A little reward can go a long way. Tell yourself that you can have a cup of coffee after you work for 30 minutes. Or, let yourself read a chapter from your favorite novel after putting in a couple of hours of work.
  4. Get organized. A cluttered workspace increases the amount of resistance you feel. Whether it is a messy desk, a dirty kitchen, or a bunch of toys in the yard that are standing in your way, spend some time tidying things up.
  5. Force yourself to do the task you are avoiding for just two minutes. Many tasks are easy to do, but they can be hard to get started. Force yourself to work for only two minutes, and you might find that it is easy to continue for much longer.

That concludes the first part of the eleven tips for getting over laziness. Tomorrow I will post the other six tips. Until then, stay safe, and keep the faith.  

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