12 Tips to Overcome Laziness

You know that you have a lot of things to do. You may even have big plans for the future, but you can’t seem to motivate yourself to get off the couch. It is very normal for everyone to experience laziness from time to time.  

However, the most successful people are able to push laziness aside and take quick action.

These ideas will help you overcome laziness and find motivation from within:

  1. Alternate between periods of high focus and relaxation. Use a timer. Focus for all you’re worth for 25 minutes. Then, take a five-minute break and do whatever your heart desires. Knowing that you only have to last for 25 minutes for work can be enough to motivate yourself to get busy.
  2. Concentrate on the positive aspects of getting your work accomplished. Think about the positive feelings you’ll experience when you’ve done your work. Write a list of all the advantages of doing your work right now.
  3. Be tough. It shouldn’t matter whether or not you feel like doing what needs to be accomplished. Just do it! Easier said than done, but simple nevertheless.
  4. Excess mess in your working space can drain the motivation and energy right out of you. Tidy things up a bit! Take a few minutes to clear off your desk. Avoid using this mess as an excuse to procrastinate.
  5. Focus on the long-term. Have you thought of where will your life be in a year or five years from now if you stop being lazy? Where will you be if you continue on the path you’re traveling right now, of stopping to be lazy? Persons with motivation issues often look at the short-term. The most effective actions require patience before the benefits appear.
  6. Use your lazy time intelligently. Just lying around isn’t that relaxing unless you make the most of it. Think of using your downtime to read interesting books, enjoy a hobby, or spend time with friends. Avoid wasting this precious time in ways that cannot add good things to your life.
  7. Get some help to keep laziness away. Ask for help from a trusted friend or family member (who is not lazy). You’ll feel bad about being lazy when someone is by your side and lending a helping hand to pull you out of being lazy.
  8. Accept the fact that some tasks are simply not enjoyable. Successful living requires doing a few things each day that you’d rather not do. Just get it done as painlessly as possible.
  9. Create a to-do list each night. Before you close your eyes and start counting sheep, make a list of the four most important things to do tomorrow. When your feet hit the floor in the morning, you’ll already know what needs to be done. Give yourself a running start.
  10. Become more aware of time. Time can easily slip by while watching TV or surfing the internet. Keep an eye on the time, regardless of your current task. At the end of each hour, ask yourself what you’ve accomplished.
  11. Plan an enjoyable weekend. Knowing that you have a fun weekend to look forward to can make it easier to stay busy during the week.
  12. Get some exercise. A good workout will wake you up and get the juices flowing. Daily exercise can make a significant difference in your ability to work hard and stay focused.

Have you been lazy lately? Use these tips to lessen the amount of laziness you experience in your life. Stay busy during the week and make the most of your weekends. You can’t afford to be lazy when the rewards for overcoming laziness are so great!