How to Stop Being Lazy and Start Achieving Goals

How To Overcome Laziness

“Why am I so lazy? I am done! Next Monday/month/year I am starting a new life!”

Recognized yourself? Pretty sure you did.

The greatest rival of every human is laziness and, alas, the odds are oftentimes in the favor of the latter.

Laziness is one of the worst vices causing all kinds of different life problems. To succeed in future, one must act in present and lazy people are incapable of this.

“Why am I so lazy and unmotivated?” Asking yourself this question isn’t enough. Instead of complaining about failures, you better get your butt off from the couch and start changing your habits.

Procrastination and leaving things “till tomorrow” gradually turns a person into a vegetable: no more desire to perform work duties, self-develop, do sports, pursue goals etc. As soon as it becomes a systematic habit, ring the alarm. Assess your behavior and try to find the real reason why you’re still on the dark (lazy) side instead of living your life on full.

Read the advice of professional psychologists on how to not be lazy and feel the taste of a real life again.

1. Auto-suggestion

This method really works. All you need is to force yourself to take on the most difficult and unpleasant work you always tend to put off for later. The method is simple: promise yourself that you will work for 5-10 minutes and stop if you feel like it’s not going well. As a rule, when you start moving from a dead center, you’re motivated to finish the work as soon as possible instead of coming back to it later.

2. Planning

So much has been said about planning but I’ll repeat to you one more time. Planning and creating lists are the habits of successful people. If you write down your plans for the day, most likely you’ll get them done. Don’t forget to write the precise time when the action is going to be. Spending 5 minutes to draft your to-do list the evening before is the first step to achieving bigger goals. Just make sure you alternate the mental and physical work including at several-minute breaks between tasks.

3. Rewarding

To make your autosuggestion work, promise yourself a reward in case you complete the task within the present time limit. Shopping, dinner at your favorite restaurant, some kind of an entertainment – whatever excites you most. The only condition is matching the value of your reward to the volume of work. So the more you did, the more you deserve. Sounds fair, doesn’t it?

After some time of such practice, you will most likely develop a “work – a prize” conditional reflex. Later, though, this habit will also fade away and you’ll start doing tasks without giving yourself an additional motivation.

4. Organizing Your Workspace

To force yourself to do something, you need to organize your space. First, sort out your stuff lying on the desktop – remove unnecessary items, put documents in folders and place the books and magazines on the shelf or in the drawers. If your table is clean, you’ll be much less distracted from work. Sorry, no excuses for the undone work!

5. Splitting up

The method of splitting large tasks into smaller ones helps to tune for a big piece of work. For example, you need to clean the entire house but you are too lazy to get down to business. So, divide the task into small tasks and distribute one for a week. For example, today you clean the kitchen, tomorrow – the living room and the day after tomorrow – your bedroom.

Sounds good? Of course! You’ll be less tired, and the cleaning process will be more effective.

6. Training

There exist some tasks that you should turn into regular habits. For example, morning exercises, early getups, household chores, reading books, filling in important documents. It’s difficult as you start but regular repetitions can make wonders – believe me. 

7. Resting

From the first side, it seems like a weird recommendation against beating laziness, but it magically works. This is a good advice for employees asking how to be less lazy at work. Since most of the people suffer from overwork, they can get capricious, lazy and unwilling to perform their duties. Perhaps, it’s the right time to take a real break from your job and a home routine to rehab somewhere at the resort. If you can’t take a vacation or go away, you can rest differently – go in for extreme sports or sign up for some interesting courses.

8. Change the Activity Type how to stop being lazy

Laziness may also be the outcome of a routine and monotonous life that no longer brings excitement and motivation to move further. When you are doing the same thing job day after day, communicating with the same people and have no prospects of development – the signs of a laziness or depression are guaranteed.

To overcome both, change the activity type to a more interesting and lively one. I do not encourage you to quit a job or move to the other city – the choice is after you. Nonetheless, I highly recommend reconsidering your current place of work and a current residency. Who knows, maybe you’re dreaming of moving to a bigger city and start a completely different career. Believe it not but such changes are very helpful for your productivity levels.

Laziness is a deceiver that promises us pleasure and misleading us in our desires. But in the end, you simply get nothing.

You are left miserable and depressed because of your unfinished business. Remember overcoming laziness does not mean to stay busy 24/7 without the opportunity to chill some time on a couch in front of a TV. Overcoming your laziness means to create obligations towards oneself. This way you can beat the rival once and for all.

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