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.
# 2: Set your Focus
Look for the areas of your life that you would like to improve. Next to each of the following write a sentence describing what you would like to happen for each.
– Health and wellness
– Personal growth and passions
– Physical environment
– Fun and recreation
– Romantic relationships
#3: Have a Meaningful Goal in Mind Always
The best and most well practiced self improvement exercise for creating motivation is to have in mind a detailed and exciting picture of where you want to be / what you want to achieve.
Try to decide on one thing in life that you really want to happen (these life goals might give you some ideas). Make it something that is meaningful, of value and fairly challenging but not impossible. Something that you know you could achieve if you tried really hard.
Once you have decided on this one goal, try to imagine what your life would be like the moment after you achieve the goal. How would you feel? What would you see? What would you hear? For instance, if your goal was to be slim when you get married, imagine seeing yourself looking slim in the mirror, imagine what people would say to you and how you would feel. Vividly create a mental image (visualize) of what success would mean to you. Every time you begin to feel lazy, bring this image to mind to rejuvenate your motivation.
#4: Set Triggers to Actions
One of the key tools used in neuro linguistic programming is the idea of triggers, which essentially states that our actions are the result of external triggers.
For instance, when you see “12:30” on your clock at work, you know you’ll be heading to the canteen.
These actions are automatic. You don’t think before doing them. You don’t think, “Well, the clock says twelve so I ought to take the sandwich bag out. . . “ no, you just do it, automatically.
Aim to make use of the nature of triggers by associating positive action to triggers you know will happen.
For instance, instead of saying to yourself “I’ll go for a run three times a week” say “When I hear the exit-theme of the five o’clock news I’ll put my jogging shoes on and head out the door.” This helps to ground your positive actions in the real world.
# 5: Watch Movies about Perseverance and Hard Work
Some fantastic movies have been released over the years that are brilliant at motivating viewers to work.
Since you’re being lazy at the moment anyway and possibly sat in front of the TV already, why not stay there but simply put on a movie or two that will actually inspire you to overcome laziness and to begin to work harder? You’ll find a list of movies about hard work and perseverance here: Hard work & Perseverance.
Ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating # 6 Play Short Bursts of Shooting Games
Shooting games like Call of Duty and Battlefield 3 are known to help people to live in the moment.
Action games force you to stop thinking and to act on impulse. In this way they can help you to overcome those negative thoughts like “Why should I bother” and “I’ll do it tomorrow.” They force you to act now and the sense of action you get from the game will carry over into real life.
Ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating # 7 : Novelty
Finally, do something right now that you would never normally do. There is nothing like the unfamiliar to stir a spark in you. Do something new and fun and witness the heightened energy it creates in you.
Here’s a great video on how to overcome laziness
So there we have it, the best ways how to stop being lazy and procrastinating. If you know any great ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating leave a comment. Thanks.