“Why should I start now? After all, I have 1 full week to submit my homework” – Most people’s inner thoughts.
“Why go to the gym today? I haven't been going for a week anyway - let me just start tomorrow.” – Most people’s inner thoughts.
“Why clean the apartment today? It will only get messy again!” – Most people’s inner thoughts.
Do you also frequently feel lazy or unmotivated?
If so, then this article will help you to break the cycle of procrastination!
The below 7 simple yet effective tips will trick you out of being lazy. Rather, you will want to get your hands on and accomplish every task that comes your way.
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Simply implement these 7 tips and start ticking off your to-do list today!
Tip 1: Stop giving negative labels to yourself
Many times, people call themselves lazy or procrastinators. They say that they don’t like studying or that they don’t like exercising.
When you label yourself, you are not accepting the flaw but rather you are becoming one!
For example, once I had been to Montenegro, a small country on the east of Europe, for vacation. In that country, locals used to frequently joke about how lazy they were. You’d often hear people say, “Have a good rest during the day so that you can sleep well at night” or “If you see people relaxing, go help them.”
Although this may seem funny, there is an important learning here – you always tend to act in according to your self-identity.
Whatever you believe about yourself, you act accordingly.
This brings us to another interesting fact. After the end of the second World War, studies found that more than 50% of the soldiers intentionally did not shoot their enemies.
Why is that so? Because they did not want to become killers. They believed that they were not killers and therefore didn’t want to become ones. Though they were forced to do so, they strongly stuck to their core beliefs.
That's why never give yourself a negative label. Giving yourself a label such as “lazy” or a “procrastinator” will hide your true identity.
Instead, give yourself a positive label – one that reflects your strengths or accomplishments.
Encourage yourself by saying, ‘I’m successful and productive’ or ‘I want to achieve great things in life’ or ‘I want to utilize my dreams.’
Stick to the positive labels and your views about life will change for the better.
Tip 2: Put your smartphone aside
When I was younger, I used to play chess competitively: I went on to become a grand chess master.
I am a big sports fan. Therefore, I’d attend sport-camps where different teams of sports such as football and basketball were practicing for the European and world championships.
I noticed something unexpected - in the camp, the coaches would confiscate the smartphones from players since they would spend a lot of time on smartphones and procrastinate the training. Even during rest time, they would use their smartphones.
That's why the rule mandated that give their phones away to the coaches before training. If anyone wanted to call somebody, they’d have to ask the coach for permission and then collect their phone.
No temptation = No Procrastination.
Even you can apply this trick.
Put your smartphone aside until you complete your task. Set aside a certain period of time to be away from your smartphone. You can simply give it to someone else to keep it with them till you complete your work. Then, relish the rewards of getting work done in less time.
Tip 3: Set Artificial Deadlines
We all come across the deadline panic every now and then. Mostly we remain inactive and wait till the deadline comes very close. When the deadline is just around the corner, we tend to become super productive.
When I started my website, initially, it was just a blog. Therefore, in order to get started quickly, I decided to challenge myself that I will write 50 articles within 60 days.
So that later I would have to write less than one article per day. This is an artificial deadline.
This helped me to start my website early and attract a lot of audiences.
How can you implement this?
First, set a weekly deadline and then slowly proceed to a monthly and then yearly.
This tip will help you get your work done before the actual deadline!
Tip 4: Reward Yourself
Previously, we saw how artificial deadlines can be helpful. Now let’s talk about artificial gratification.
We tend to seek instant gratification. That's how our brain works. If you know that you need to do the job right now but you will only be able to enjoy the results at the end of the year, you can never feel motivated to do that work.
But you can trick your brain.
You can associate your work with certain instant gratification. For example, once you finalize a certain project you can reward yourself with a piece of cake or glass of beverage. This will trick your brain and help to get your task done before time.
Set goals for yourself and then set rewards accordingly.
Tip 5: Take a baby step!
If you have a big task at hand, you may feel too overwhelmed to even start.
To overcome this inner resistance, simply take a baby step forward.
For example, if you don’t feel like exercising, try to do a single push up. Because it is better than doing nothing. Moreover, you will feel a lot better once you start.
All you have to do is to start doing a small part of your work without delay. Once you take this baby step, there will be no turning back.
Tip 6: Set Goals
If you implement this tip with complete dedication, you can easily overcome your laziness.
A psychologist named Victor Frankel was in the concentration camp during the Second World War. During this time, he discovered that those who survive were the ones who had a reason to live. They were determined to survive maybe for some reason – perhaps their family or for some other reason.
In fact, Frankel wanted to survive in order to share his insights with the world. He actually dreamt of writing a book to share his thoughts with others.
His vision propelled him to keep fighting, to keep trying and to keep living.
Obviously, it is not easy, try to find a purpose in life. If you are able to do this, your procrastination issue would be sorted forever.
Tip 7: Boost Your Self-confidence.
If you feel under-confident about something, it is very hard to keep yourself motivated. Thus, the outcome of your job won’t be satisfactory.
Confidence and being productive are strongly interlinked.
If you believe that your work will help you to improve your life, you will be motivated to go for it. Hence if your self-confidence is strong, you will be amazed at how much more motivated you to feel.
This is an easy guide that will surely help you stop being lazy once and for all.
There is nothing wrong about not wanting to get out of bed for a couple of hours after a stressful and tiring day at work.
However, there is a fine line between the desire to rest and serious laziness.
Remember, success is not a good friend of procrastination. Indeed, if you want to achieve your goals you have to strive for them.
P.S Did you try any of the above tips? Did they help you? If you have any other tips, feel free to share in the comments section below.