A reader wrote in and said, “I need to know some ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating. I’m so lazy I make Homer Simpson look like an Olympian. So yeah… best ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating?”
Thanks for your question.
We need to know some ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating so we can be productive and achieve our goals in life.
Sometimes we have all the motivation in the world, feeling as though we could move mountains with our ickle-pinky-finger. Yet at other times we feel as though we couldn’t lift our backsides for all the money in the world.
That’s the problem with motivation: it’s inconsistent.
Sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down. Sometimes we’re raring to go, sometimes we wish the whole world would sod off so we could stay asleep on the couch.
What we need is a way to overcome laziness, to stop procrastination.
We don’t want to be the turtle that got to the finishing line very slowly. But we also don’t want to be the hare that cockily fell asleep halfway through the race. We want something between the two. We want to progress steadily and at a healthy pace. We need sustained, balanced, consistent motivation.
Here are a few key pointers, all of which have been scientifically proven to create and sustain motivation. These are excellent ways how to overcome laziness.
Ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating # 1 : Reward Effort for the sake of Effort Itself
One of the most common causes of laziness is in not seeing the point in your actions.
Laziness can arise when we have tried very hard at something only to be disappointed with the results of our efforts.
These past experiences can make us feel that there’s no reason to bother at all because our efforts won’t end in the results we want anyway.
To overcome this, you need to learn that making an effort is enough of a positive in itself, regardless of extrinsic rewards.
Every time you make a real effort to do something, reward yourself for the effort, regardless of the results.
For instance, if you want to save money, say £100, and you tried very hard but only managed to save £40, reward yourself regardless because this will reinforce the value of effort in itself and will make you more likely to try as hard, if not harder, in the future.
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