“The devil’s favourite piece of furniture is the long bench.”
It is true that laziness is the biggest murderer of dreams. It forces you to put on hold things that you have always wanted to do.
Not to worry, in this article, you will learn to overcome laziness and resist procrastination. After this article, I am sure that you will be one step closer towards mastering the skill of managing your time successfully.
Why Does Laziness Originate?
First of all, know that if you ever feel lazy, it is normal. Everyone feels lazy at one point or the other. In fact, our laziness can be attributed to our biological makeup. Here is how –
Our brain consists of 3 parts:
- Reptilian brain
- Cat brain
- Human brain
The “reptilian brain,” consisting of the brain stem and cerebellum, controls all instincts and helps lower animals (such as fish and birds) to survive, gather food, reproduce and protect themselves.
The reptilian brain in humans directs involuntary actions – those that you don't have any control on.
The “cat brain”, also known as the mammalian brain, is the limbic system – the system that makes a creature avoid pain and repeat pleasure.
If you observe a cat’s routine, you will notice that they sleep, rest, play and relax for the majority of the day.
This part of the brain allures you to relax and deters you from doing any work that could potentially stress you out. Since its primary function is to make you avoid pain, it convinces you to procrastinate doing all your important tasks or stepping out of your comfort zone.
However, the reality is that we all have “cat brains” and there is nothing you can do about it.
But here is a ray of light –
Unlike animals, one part of the brain that only human beings have is the “human brain”. This part of the brain is responsible for higher functions like planning, thinking, communicating, judging and decision making.
Even though you have a ‘cat brain’ that holds you back, you can train your ‘human brain’ to follow your wants. You need to be a master of YOUR emotions so that laziness does not have the power to control your life.
How do you train your brain and develop the right habits?
Here are these 5 effective methods to help you to overcome laziness, manage your time more effectively, and become more productive.
Whenever you feel lazy, simply tell yourself, “I can do it. Let's do it!”
Sound too simple to be true?
Don't be deceived by its simplicity – it can have a powerful effect. The more you say the phrase, the more will you believe in the same and act accordingly.
Doing this will instantly make you feel more upbeat and enthusiastic about doing your task.
2. Relax: do nothing.
No, I’m not joking.
If you feel lazy – stop, do nothing.
There is a wide range of things that distract us from doing things that we actually need to do. For example, watching the TV, browsing the mobile phone, consuming food or socializing.
‘Doing nothing’ helps you to escape the chain of doing unnecessary activities that distract you from your priorities.
Secondly, if you do NOTHING, even for a minute, you will instantly feel the desire to start doing something. Use this desire to start doing things necessary.
3.Set your minimum.
Why do most people fail to follow through with their New Year resolutions? A quarter of people drop their NY resolutions in the very first weeks itself!
It is because we easily commit to BIG things. However, when reality hits us – busy schedules and a list of responsibilities – we are unable to keep up with our commitments. Therefore, we decide to give up on the resolution.
We need to alter our approach to resolutions.
For example, let’s assume that you want to exercise for three days a week, for an hour on each day. That’s great. But don’t stop at this point.
Additionally, set a certain minimum number of minutes you will HAVE to exercise, NO MATTER WHAT.
For example, let’s say, no matter what happens, you will HAVE TO exercise for a minimum of 5 minutes every day.
Hence, if you don’t feel well, or you are too busy to give an hour for exercising, you will still exercise for that minimum limit of 5 minutes. That way, you will never completely stop working towards your resolution. If you don't stop, even for a day, exercising will become a habit.
Similarly, you can implement this method to other things you want to start doing (for example reading). Decide how much time you want to dedicate to do the task. Then, set the minimum amount of time for doing the task no matter what.
4. Be the role model.
One of the greatest historical personalities, Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Especially if you have kids, this saying is very important. Kids inevitably imitate your behaviour. Indeed, actions speak much louder than words.
For example, if you are lazy, you are setting an example for your kids. Instead, remind yourself that your actions are constantly being watched and imitated by your kids. This will, in turn, motivate you to be the best version of yourself.
5. The ‘Must-Do’day
We all have those little tasks that we don’t like to do but have to. We never feel motivated to do them. Sometimes you have to overuse your willpower to complete them.
But there is a simple solution to this. You can decide one day of the week when you will do ALL such tasks that you are normally too lazy to do.
Now, why is it a good strategy?
Because once you start doing them in the morning, you will keep going till you complete. Moreover, while doing those tasks, you can remind yourself that it is just for that one day, you are required to do these unwanted tasks.
Monday is a great must-do day because it is the beginning of the week. Hence, for the rest of the week, you will know that only interesting tasks await for you!
PS.I’m sure if you apply these methods, you will be enthusiastic every day. Do you have any other methods to beat laziness? Please do write them down in the comments section below.