A man sitting on a couch looking sad and pathetic, isn’t he? Except when it’s you. Laziness is very common in modern society because most people will not die of hunger, cold or predator attacks if they work less often and do less.
According to Wikipedia, laziness is a lack or lack of hard work, a preference for free time off work. For laziness has its reasons, but we will not consider them, because it does not matter. All problems, as always, begin in thinking. It is with him that we will work today.
Eight voices of laziness
Laziness is a very tricky thing, closely related to cognitive dissonance. When we do not want to work and feel guilty, we begin to explain this behaviour to ourselves. Strategies for this laziness as much as eight:
- Confusion: “I don’t know what to do.”
- Neurotic fear: “I just can’t.”
- Fixed thinking: “I’m Afraid I’ll fail and look stupid.”
- Lethargy: “I’m too tired. I have no energy.”
- Apathy: “I don’t care.”
- Regret: “it’s too late to get to work Today.”
- Identity: “I’m a lazy person.”
- Shame: “I shouldn’t be so lazy.”
Consider each voice separately.
Confusion: “I don’t know what to do.»
This voice can tell the truth. Sometimes it is difficult to get to work because it requires a lot of mental energy to only approach the task.
In any case, you will either take and do everything or show laziness and complete the task later, which will be even more difficult.
Neurotic fear: “I just can’t.»
The usual fear triggers a “hit or runs” reaction while the neurotic causes the person to freeze. We feel immobilized and lazy.
To overcome neurotic fear, you first need to recognize it, allow yourself to feel it, and then take action. It means doing what you’re afraid of.
Fixed thinking: “I’m Afraid I’ll fail and look stupid»
Fixed thinking is a popular term from psychologist Carol Dweck’s book Mindset. People with this mindset believe that their talents, abilities and intelligence are established at birth and do not change in the process of life.
They are afraid to learn new things and develop but want to look smart and talented, even if they do not have enough experience.
Lethargy: “I’m too tired. I have no energy»
It may seem incredible, but we put a lot of energy into suppressing our laziness. The more we run away from work, the more it takes root in our unconscious and sucks our strength. When you feel lethargic, instead of stimulating yourself with caffeine, accept your fatigue. Do not use stimulants, it is better to rest or sleep a little.
Apathy: “I don’t care»
Apathy is the quiet voice of depression. We all fall into depression with varying degrees of intensity.
Regret: “it’s too late to get to work Today»
Regret is a part of adult life. In fact, they are excuses for not starting right now.
You blame yourself for missing out on new opportunities, but you continue to be lazy. So can pass the entire life.
Identity: “I’m a lazy person»
When we hear that voice, it’s a sure sign of victim syndrome. That’s the excuse that leads you to believe it. And so behave so even when full of strength, energy and enthusiasm.
Remember that everyone can be lazy, but this does not mean that we are all lazy. And in General, exclude the word “laziness” from your dictionary.
Shame: “I shouldn’t be so lazy»
No need to think that if you are a conscientious person, you will automatically work more. Sometimes it is even the opposite: wine helps to take your laziness. They say, “I feel guilty, so punished and do not have to work.”
As you can see, to get rid of laziness, you need to fix a lot of problems, because it does not appear out of anywhere. There are a number of causes that can be addressed by the following strategies.
Overcome the inertia
Inertia is the tendency to do nothing or stay in the same position. In the context of the article, it is a state of laziness or disinterest when we just don’t want to make an effort to move forward.
When we are trapped in inertia, we lack energy, inspiration and motivation. This is a kind of state of mind in which a person has reached a point where instant pleasure supersedes any future rewards.
Indulgence of inertia for short periods is normal. We all spend some time like this. This becomes problematic when such periods are too long. This activity becomes a habit that is very difficult to break.
Short-and long-term methods can be used to overcome inertia.
Short-term methods of overcoming inertia are designed to immediately activate your body, some shake and turn off lethargy. They are suitable for those who want to find a quick way, a magic pill that works here and now. This is similar to pressing the Reset button on a computer. In our case, it will help to reboot the brain and body, which will return you to the path of activity.
Here are a few ways to reboot your body and brain in the short term:
- wash with cold water;
- perform several breathing exercises;
- do some sit-UPS or push-UPS;
- move vigorously;
- listen to optimistic and inspiring music for a few minutes;
- read an inspirational quote or page from a book.
Each of these methods is designed to push your nervous system to act and, therefore, get rid of inertia. You can, use only one method or combine several of them to perform a “reboot” of your biological system.
Another short-term method that also works very well is to voice your future actions or come up with a few affirmations. In other words, when you start working on a task, announce it as follows:
- I get off the couch and get to work.
- I’m a little lazy, but I still go and sit at the Desk.
- I could do.
- I believe in myself and that I can get through this.
- I have enough energy.
- If I take the case now, it will help me gain momentum.
- I will stick to my plan until the task is completed.
- The more I get involved in the process, the more interesting it will be.
- I’ll just work for 15 minutes and do my best.
When you “give a voice” to your actions, you convince the body and the brain that inertia is not an option at the moment. As a result, you are more likely to stick to the new state and continue to work on your goals and objectives.
A queue of non-instant motivational tools. They are designed to gradually switch and change their thinking. Here are some of these long-term methods:
- Write down your goals on paper every day.
- Create a “Vision Board” on which your goals will be displayed. Replenish it as often as possible.
- Every day you are engaged in the visualization of who you want to become and what to achieve. It won’t let you wither away.
- Read motivational and inspirational books, as well as biographies of strong people you admire.
Recording goals for the day work because it reminds you of what is most important and increases focus.
“Vision Board” will give motivation and inspiration for a very long time. It will be a reminder of what you are working on and what you are working on. And its renewal will help keep the brain fresh.
Visualization is a great way to prepare your mind for changes in the future. But it is not enough just to dream. We need to gradually learn new skills, form habits, create a new set of beliefs and redefine our values.
Finally, reading inspirational books and biographies will tell you what you need to achieve success and great goals. Use real-life stories of people to be filled with remarkable enthusiasm.
Avoid the hidden traps of laziness
Laziness is very insidious. She will deceive you, resist with all her strength and take various forms.
Analyze your normal day. Remember when your energy levels are off the scale, and when you feel sluggish and tired. We all experience different energy cycles, that’s normal. However, they are often a direct result of:
- what, how much and when you eat;
- how active are you during working hours;
- did you take a NAP during the day and if so, how long did it take;
- when you take mental breaks and how long they last;
- how often do you experience stress;
do you feel that you are in control of a specific situation?
Your energy level is likely to fall:
- when you have lunch, especially if the food is high-calorie;
- if you sit for a long time;
- if the day’s sleep lasts more than an hour;
- if you do not do mental breaks (no meditation or “quiet”).
It is a cycle of the human body that cannot be changed. You will feel energetic and sluggish. As already mentioned, the problem occurs when you are inert for a long period of time.
In order not to be lazy and not to be inert during working hours, follow these rules:
- Do not eat heavy food for lunch.
- Stay active by taking regular breaks. Just stand up, do a minute exercise or go for a walk.
- If you decide to take a NAP, the length of sleep should be about 15-20 minutes.
- Listen to music, meditate, read books.
- Learn all about stress and how to deal with it.
Remember that every time the energy is at zero, you will feel inert. This should never be allowed to happen. Do not spread gossip, do not waste time on meaningless surfing the Internet, do not watch negative broadcasts. Let your life be divided into only two modes: productive state and rest.
Use the Japanese technique of “1 minute»
In Japanese culture, there is the practice of Kaizen, which includes the “1-minute principle” for self-improvement. This method is based on the idea that a person should do something for one minute, every day at the same time.
This technique is so simple that that’s why it works. Even the laziest person can quite pull himself together and work for one minute.
You can find a bunch of excuses not to work for an hour, but if you set yourself the goal of doing the task for only sixty seconds, it is unlikely to deny yourself this. Making one small step at a time, you will go on the path of self-improvement and achieve great results.
Why do people often fall into the trap of laziness? Three main reasons:
- Lack of discipline. If you Wake up in the morning without a clear plan of action, it will be incredibly difficult to force yourself to do useful things.
- Unrealistic expectation. You can have a very busy schedule and a thousand things to do, which is simply stunning. And this feeling often leads to laziness.
- Lack of motivation. If you do not have an understanding of how your life should look like, then the level of motivation will be at zero.
Technique “1 minute” very harmoniously bypasses all three problems. You don’t need the discipline to do something for one minute. There are no unrealistic expectations either: everything looks easy and simple. And the lack of motivation can easily compensate for the thought: “it’s only sixty seconds.”
Of course, this technique is just a trick that can trick the brain to work more. But if you really want to limit yourself to one minute – no problem. Nevertheless, most likely, you will want to move on a new, working, inertia.
List the pros and cons to update motivation
Asking questions is one of the best methods of self-improvement. No exception and getting rid of laziness.
- What will my life look like in five years if I continue to act like this?
- How will life get worse for me and my family?
It’s not a mental beating of yourself, but rather a sober analysis of what your life looks like. Questions can be awkward but try to see the negative consequences as vividly as you can. Thicken the paint, imagine everything in black or gray.
Then ask yourself:
- What will my life look like in a year if I overcome my laziness, become productive and achieve my goals?
- How will life improve not only for me but also for my loved ones?
That’s right: not only a stick but also a carrot.
Practice evening reviews
Progress is achieved through consistent action. However, wrong actions can lead to loss of time and errors, which in most cases, of course, are inevitable.
We are human and we make mistakes. But we have also made tremendous progress because we have learned to draw the right conclusions from them.
With that in mind, start practising evening reviews. Think about how you spent your time, what you were distracted by and how much you were lazy.
Remember also whether your actions were aligned with your goals and whether they brought you closer to achieving them. Ask yourself:
- What was my productivity today?
- Did I fall into the trap of laziness?
- Where, how and why did I get into it?
- What did that teach me?
- What changes in my psyche, mindset and environment can I make to avoid falling into this trap again?
The key to progress is the daily improvement. So if you did something stupid and wrong yesterday, study them and make adjustments for today.
Set the period during which you will be lazy
Sometimes the desire to be lazy can be so exciting that it is impossible to resist. You start to get nervous, and anxiety covers the whole body.
Then make an oral agreement with yourself: take a five-minute break for laziness, during which you will not do anything. However, do not forget to set a timer-this is very important.
Say to yourself:
- I’ll be lazy for 5 minutes starting now.
- After these five minutes, I’ll get back to work.
Remove junk from your life
If your life is too cluttered, there may be a false belief that you no longer need anything. If this happens, think about where in your personal and professional life you need to get out. Here are two questions you can ask yourself:
- What is my professional life prevents me from getting to work? Where to clean up?
- What’s causing chaos in my apartment? What is the first thing to get rid of?
Do this cleaning constantly, otherwise, the trash will begin to take away your energy, which will lead to laziness.
We wish you good luck!