In my journey through self development, one of the biggest challenges I faced was overcoming laziness and learning how to beat it, but what I learned early on was that laziness is just another habit.
Once I got into the habit of working, of being productive, that became normal to me, just as laziness had been.
That probably seems obvious, and I know it’s easier said than done.
So here’s a few tips to help on how you can beat laziness.
7 Tips To Beat Laziness
1. Know Your Why
It’s hard to get to work on something, whether it’s a goal or your homework, if you don’t know why you’re doing it.
Let’s take studying for an exam as an example.
Try and look beyond the obvious ‘why’ which is that you want to pass the test.
Why do you want to pass the test?
To get into a good college?
If you’re already in college, where will passing this exam get you? What will you do with that degree?
Get clear on your why.
Once you know why you want to do something and overcome your laziness, keep that why in front of you.
Change your home screen on your phone or your wall paper on your laptop.
Put a reminder on your calendar.
Stay focused on that Why.
2. Why Are You Lazy?
This might sound like a silly question, but why are you reluctant to start working on something that you know you should be doing?
Are you nervous? Are you scared? Are you overwhelmed?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of those questions, you might not really be lazy. You need to focus on chunking down this bigger task that’s making you anxious or scared into small, manageable tasks.
You should be less reluctant to start when the task isn’t at challenging and overwhelming.
3. Start Small
Often, when we want to change our lives and dramatically break bad habits, like laziness, we dive in, headfirst. This isn’t always the best approach.
Starting small and getting some tiny wins will keep you on the right track and help you stay motivated.
4. Track Your Progress
If you feel like you’re being lazy around working out and going to the gym, keep track of how many days you’re going.
You can use a calendar or a habit tracking app on your phone.
Once you string two or three days together, seeing that progress will help you beat that feeling of laziness.
5. Start Early
If you can get some of your work done, whether that’s studying or going to the gym, it’ll be done and out of the way, giving you a boost for the rest of the day. You did something that you said you were going to do. Give yourself a pat on the back.
6. Find Out What’s Holding You Back
What generally gets in your way of getting something done?
Is it a TV show?
Is it sleeping in?
Is it your phone?
Take steps to keep that distraction at bay until you’ve worked on your goal or task.
It’ll be hard at first, but once you see the success and the ways that this trigger has been holding you back, you’ll see that the benefits out way that temptation of hitting the snooze button or scrolling through your phone.
7. Just Get Started
Sometimes even the smallest tasks still cause resistance.
Just getting started can make all the difference.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and promise yourself that you’ll do what you’ve been avoiding for the next ten minutes.
That’s all you have to do. More often than not, you’ll want to keep going.
It’s probably the best hack I’ve used to overcome my own problems with laziness.