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How to Overcome Laziness and Get More Done With 5 Practical Steps



Let’s face it! We all try to get what we want using the least stressful methods. There’s no shame in that because we’re human beings. It helps to understand the feeling of laziness more when we look at it from a scientific standpoint.

How to Overcome Laziness and Get More Done With 5 Practical Steps

First of all, we all know that the focal point of the human body is the brain. Being the master organ of our bodies, the brain is assigned a multitude of vital functions that are regulated and accomplished quite efficiently. To carry out all of its functions, the brain requires an enormous amount of energy and usually tries to make the most of the energy that is available. This helps to explain why it is difficult to concentrate when we’re hungry, having menstrual cramps, are sick or stressed out—all of them being situations that result in a low supply of energy.

A medical practitioner would definitely be able to explain all this much better. However, the bottom-line is that sometimes, difficulty in getting ourselves to work can be as a result of physiological factors. We all feel indolent sometimes and it’s natural. Even highly productive people can feel lazy during periods of stress and burn-out.

However, laziness can become a habit. And when it becomes a habit, laziness can hinder us from maximizing our potential and achieving personal excellence. Let’s quickly take a look at five practical steps that prove to be effective for tackling laziness:

Step 1: Consider Your Present State

Unless we carefully assess our present state or the possible outcomes of our laziness, we may never wake up and take action. When we take the time to realize where we should be and our actual responsibilities to ourselves and others, we will begin to see the need to improve on our present condition as best as we can. The point of this first step is to realize that you are not at your best, so that you can wake up.

Step 2: Identify the Causes

We have already touched on some of the physiological causes of laziness in the introductory part of this article. There are certain factors that might be particularly responsible for one’s feeling of laziness. Perhaps, you have discovered that you always wake up late. In this case, you may need to gradually form the habit of going to bed early to get adequate sleep and curb your tiredness during the day.

Maybe, you need to find a way to eat at least one healthy meal a day, if you cannot afford more, to curtail effects of hunger such as tiredness, irritability and difficulty to concentrate. Perhaps, you also need to find a study or working environment that is more comfortable. If you’re very tired, sick or in unbearable pain, it is also a good time to remember that you’re a human being and rest until you regain your strength.

What matters is that you identify the causes, and painstakingly tackle them. Don’t entertain the fear of venturing into new things that can potentially enrich and improve your life. Face your fears of rejection, failure and risk and remember that action cures fear. Life is all about risk. So, be willing to take calculated risks when you should.

Step 3: Make a Decision and Focus

Until we make a decision to change any aspect of our lives, little or nothing will happen. When it comes to self-improvement, it helps to focus on one thing at a time. For instance, one can start by focusing on fear of failure or risk first. Decide on something that you need to do that can improve your life but that you’re afraid to do. Now, focus on the small set of steps you can take towards achieving the goal and proceed.

Counsel and motivate yourself if you need to by recalling the benefits of what you need to do and take action. If you have some distractions that are difficult to ignore or overcome, you may need to root them out and eliminate them. We all have distractions that are keeping us from achieving our goals. For some of us, it’s social media. In fact, distractions like social media where you’re trying hard to impress other people can be mentally exhausting and end up depleting your self-control. At the end of the day, it’s all about being honest with ourselves. A sufficient amount of decisiveness and focus will help you overcome unavoidable distractions.

Step 4: Plan and Prioritize Your Tasks

Laziness very often results from being overwhelmed by the number and difficulty of tasks that one needs to get done. When our minds becomes crowded by many thoughts, anxiety and stress set in, resulting in procrastination and abandonment of tasks. To avoid feeling lazy to get anything done, we may need to plan and prioritize our tasks, especially when there are many of them. If you need to make a to-do list, you are encouraged to do so. This will help you organize your thoughts and prep you up for action. Some tasks are more important or require immediate attention. These ones should be high on our list.

Once you have planned and prioritized your tasks, you need to discipline yourself to follow through on your commitments. When you pick a task, immerse yourself deeply in that task and just keep at it. Don’t be afraid to exaggerate the importance of self-discipline and willpower in accomplishing your goals.

Step 5: Adopt a Mindset of Diligence and Persistence

Make an earnest and deliberate effort to succeed in whatever you decide to do. Diligence means making a persistent, careful and consistent effort to accomplish what you have undertaken. Many problems in life succumb to this kind of directed effort.

We shouldn’t always subscribe to the excuse that we don’t like our course of study or work in the first place. The fact that our present course of study, occupation or small business is not our best choice doesn’t justify not giving it our best. We have to realize that our survival depends on our ability to recognize our limitations and maximize what we have. We can change our mindset into one of enthusiasm and make the best out of our circumstances. Our diligence in our current placement can open better doors of opportunities.

Perseverance is an indispensable quality for a successful life. Life can be hard and full of challenges but remember that we can’t become overcomers without challenges to overcome. So, despite difficulties and hurdles, we have to keep going. The fact that we have failed or made the wrong decision before doesn’t mean we should give up. As Thomas A. Edison rightly says, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”


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