Need a day off? Let’s call it ‘The Lazy Day’ shall we! In today’s world, I think it’s mandatory you take a break and resort to laziness.
It is much needed and even if you think you don’t need it, I’m telling you, You Need It!
But it’s when you take that to the next level by extending your laziness from 1 day…to…2…to…3 days and in no time it’s 7 days!
If you’re under the impression that you need a week off every week, I’m sorry to break the bubble, you’re just running away from work!
And I’m not letting that happen so to help you get over laziness and just stick to 1 day Lazy Days, here are 19 laziness killers you need to try right after you stop being lazy (Right Now!)
19 Practical Ways To Beat Laziness Out Of Your Life
1. You’re Not Perfect
I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect, not even Elon Musk is perfect. Social media has shown us that anybody can be perfect.
We have been shown a life where you can’t think of having flaws. Trying to be a perfectionist will only make you more vulnerable to stress, loneliness and laziness.
It will certainly take you away from being the best version of yourself.
Stop blaming yourself for not being perfect and understand the fact that you can never be perfect.
You can be better than you were yesterday, and tomorrow you can be better than you are today. For that, you need to focus on improving your skills and learning new skills.
2. Don’t Set Unrealistic Goals
Unrealistic Goals help you be lazy. When you set unrealistic goals, you try too hard to reach those goals but fail.
This leads to new negative emotions that tell you to quit, you end up being sad and now you don’t feel like working on those goals again.
For people who love to challenge themselves, setting Unrealistic goals can be a great energy booster but most of us can’t deal with failure easily.
That’s why setting Unrealistic goals isn’t the right choice. Try focusing your attention on setting small tasks that bring you closer to your goals.
Take two steps today instead of ten. That’s better than believing that you’re not meant to be successful.
3. Get Help
Don’t think that asking for help makes you look weaker in front of anyone. Like I said in point 1, nobody is perfect, we all have flaws, problems, difficulties we can’t solve ourselves.
If you need help, maybe to relax or find motivation in whatever it is you do, consider talking to someone. Initially, you can start with your family members and friends.
If that doesn’t help, consider professional psychologists or counselling therapy. Avoid taking medications like anti-depression tablets, 80% of the time they don’t work, if they work, the day you stop taking those medications, depression finds its way back to you.
Getting help will increase your chances of finding happiness and joy, it will help you connect with others. Don’t be shy, everyone needs someone.
4. Enjoy Eating Protein Rich Foods
Some foods help you kick laziness out of your life. These foods increase your energy, don’t make you lethargic and dull.
They keep your sugar low, thus making you feel awesome and less sloppy. You may have heard of high protein diets before.
Protein-rich foods provide essential nutrients to your body that contribute both to your physical and mental self.
A normal person must intake 1 gm per kg of protein, make sure you distribute it properly in all your meals.
If you’re 70 kg, you must eat at least 70 gms of protein, i.e 25-25-20 split (assuming you eat 3 meals a day)
Below are some high protein foods you must include in your diet:
- Almonds, cashews, peanuts
To dive deep into which foods have higher protein content, you can read this article by Healthline.
5. Take A Strategic Approach
Having a plan of action to deal with problems is much easier than doing random things to complete a task.
Be logical about the time you’ll take to complete the task, break the goal down into small manageable tasks, take breaks, don’t be in a hurry, etc.
You need to create a timetable, in which you’ll write your main goal, break it down into 50 different sub-tasks (more or less depending on your goals), and do about 3-5 sub-tasks a day.
Having a plan will increase your confidence and motivate you to keep moving forward.
Sage Tip: Don’t forget to calculate unexpected problems you might face when doing the task!
6. Make The Task Interesting
What were you doing the last time laziness kicked you? Probably something boring, something dull and uninteresting.
Many Students find studying boring and are lazy when they take their books to study. So how must you avoid being lazy and study?
Make the task interesting. In our example, try studying from youtube. Visual content with graphics is more interactive and interesting than readable content.
Enjoy what you do and you won’t realise you’re doing something you dislike. The pattern of being lazy when you do your task will disappear if it’s interesting.
If your creative mind can’t think of how to make things interesting, feel free to use Google.
7. Avoid Sugar At All Costs
A clean diet is directly related to productivity. If you eat junk, you’re likely going to be lazy all day.
Whereas if you eat healthy stuff, you’re going to be more productive and highly attentive. Sugary foods are one such problem.
Eating food high in artificial sugars can majorly affect how you perform. It can lower your moods, self-esteem, increase stress, make you feel very lethargic.
Fruits like apples, bananas, guavas also have sugar in them but this sugar is a good source of sugar which we need to be active.
Include fruits in your diet and get natural sugar instead of eating sugary foods that do the complete opposite of what you should be doing.
Some high sugary foods are:
- Aerated drinks
- White bread, rice.
- Flavoured yoghurt
- Chocolate powder (for milk)
- Flavoured coffee
- All sorts of desserts made out of sugar
Avoid these foods, most of your laziness problems will be solved just by stopping these harmful foods. They do much harm and no good to you.
8. Reward Yourself Once A Week
Pat yourself on the back, it’s a proven method to motivate you to keep pushing hard.
Patting yourself every week won’t do any good, so make sure you reward yourself.
That can be in the form of a new novel or a movie day or a trek. Rewarding will make you feel better, refreshed.
You’ll work harder to get your tasks done because now you have a reward at the end of the week.
Rewards can refill your fuel, bring a good amount of energy in you and can keep laziness away.
9. Reduce Your Fat Percentage
Body fat percentage is a very important factor in determining the health of an individual.
A low body fat percentage is too risky and so is a high body fat percentage.
Most people I know have a higher body fat percentage, here are a few risks associated with high levels of fat in the body:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Hormone disturbances
- Lower productivity
A higher body fat percentage means you’re going to be lazy all day, doing no work, scrolling on your phone, and being on the bed most of the time.
To get out of this, you need to eat a well-balanced diet consisting of proteins, carbs and some essential fats.
An ideal body fat percentage is considered to be 13-18%. Anywhere in this range is considered normal and acceptable. The most practical way to reduce fat is by doing some form of exercise.
That can be skipping, cycling, running, weight lifting or stretching. Make sure you do one or all of these exercises for at least 15 minutes a day.
A higher protein diet with regular intensive exercise will get you the required results.
10. Bring Out The Positive You
To be a positive person, you need to focus on all the positive things in your life, keeping aside all negative things.
Read motivational positivity quotes and practice smiling more often.
A positive person is one who avoids laziness. He is active and productive and has a strong mindset.
Yes, he is also confident. The more you’ll try to be positive, the better results you’ll see. When I’m positive, I look at things differently, I’m more creative, I can think better and I feel better.
Using positive quotes to uplift moods is a pretty good way to beat laziness at home or work.
11. Play With Stress
Why can’t you play with stress? Doesn’t stress play with you all the time?
Stress is a mood buster, a productivity destroyer, a laziness booster and is the exact opposite of what you should be every day – happy!
So why do you let stress rule your life? So here are a few tips to use to take charge:
- Weight lifting
- Watching Netflix
- Meeting Best Friends
- Video calling your friends
- Drinking green tea
- Taking a scented hot bath
- Write your stressful issues on paper, then throw it away.
- Watch a comedy show
- Don’t waste time and work harder than ever
- Meditation for 30 minutes
- Listen to your favourite songs
- Dance like a crazy animal.
You can read the article I’ve written on How To Alleviate Stress if you’re dealing with a lot of stress.
When you’re lazy you probably go to sleep, while sleeping sounds contradictory to productivity, it will help you get more done. How?
Some studies prove that a good night sleep can be the perfect medicine to increase productivity and reduce laziness.
People who sleep more are more active and creative the next day compared to those who sleep less.
To sleep better at night, here are a few things you can do.
- Don’t touch your phone for an hour before you sleep.
- Make your room dark
- Reduce the room temperature
- Read a book
- Do breathing exercises
Try to get 7 hours of sleep a day and you’ll be all fresh and energetic the next day.
13. Find A Quiet Space
If you plan on working in an environment with too much, you’re calling laziness to come and get you.
As humans, we are easily distracted, especially when you are doing a tough task and have no idea how to move forward with it, you tend to shift to your favourite distraction (for me it’s sleeping or scrolling on YouTube), for you, it can be Instagram or reading an interesting book.
A distracting environment can easily get you lazy and bored. A quiet place like a library or an empty room will let you think clearly, keep you active and get more work done.
14. Use My Procrastination Avoiding Strategies
Believe it or not, laziness kicks in because of procrastination. Procrastination is the act of delaying a task.
If you procrastinate, you’re setting yourself up for disasters. To avoid this you can use the following strategies:
- The Joint Forces Strategy
- Align goals with friends
- Be a minimalist
- The Seinfeld Strategy
I’ve written an article that will help you eliminate procrastination once and for all. As long as you follow these strategies I’ve mentioned in the article, procrastination and laziness won’t be a problem you’ll be facing.
Procrastinating will make you lose your valuable time, it will also lead to poor academic performance, increased stress, higher cortisol levels and lower self-esteem.
I highly suggest you learn to tackle procrastination. Here’s the link to the article
15. Focus on Strengths Not Weaknesses
Focusing on your strengths will reduce stress, increase happiness and make you feel like an expert.
Take a pen and paper and write down all of your strengths. Let’s say, you’re confident, optimistic, a science scholar, imaginative, realistic, good at mental maths and so on.
Try applying these strengths when you work to help you get things done faster and also be more efficient.
You may learn new skills at work while working on your side hustles or while reading a book, so aim to rewrite your strengths every three months.
16. Think About Your Future
You’re lazy because you’re living in the present. Have you ever thought of what your future holds? How will you be financially free? What industry do you want to work in?
What success means to you? By thinking about your future, you’re telling your brains to create a plan to achieve success.
This means less Lazing around and doing more to achieve more, more efforts for your future will secure your future.
Speak to your parents, take their opinions on what you should do for your future.
Face your fears, rewrite your goals, focus on strengths and learn about personal finance, all this will get you out of your comfort zone and pumped to achieve goals.
17. Use The 5 Second Rule
The 5 Second Rule is simple. If you have the instinct to work on your goals, you need to physically move within 5 seconds of that instinct or your brain will kill you from doing the work.
Use the 5-second rule and all your laziness related problems won’t be a problem anymore. The moment you feel like doing a task, don’t let your brain think, just use the rule.
If you think you give up, it’s over! I use the 5-second rule every time I feel lazy and need to push myself to get the work done.
So here’s how you do it, you have to do a task, so the second you think of doing it, say 5-4-3-2-1-GO and do the task anyway.
This isn’t my logic, Mel Robbins has written this theory in her book ‘The 5 Second Rule’.
I’ve explained the rule here but I still suggest if you have the time, you’ve got to read the book.
18. Be Afraid
Being afraid can get you out of your comfort zone. So although this isn’t an effective technique you can use all the time, it does the work if you’re too lazy.
If you’re afraid, your back is against the wall, you have one option and that is to work hard and achieve your goals.
There is no turning back and that will break your laziness.
19. Drink Water, Avoid Alcohol
Drinking water has endless benefits. We all know that by drinking water you can feel so much better, more confident and can help you fight laziness.
You can easily elevate your physical performance by drinking more water every day.
Next time you’re feeling lethargic, grab a bottle and drink a few sips. You’ll instantly feel better and awesome!
Is Laziness Acceptable?
It’s good to take a day off, be lazy now and then. You’re not obliged to be productive every single day.
Laziness is a great tool to detox from all your work and projects. But it’s when you’re being lazy every day that creates a problem you need to solve right now.
How to stop being lazy can be as simple as using the 5-second rule or making the work interesting or stopping sugary foods, you don’t need to apply each of these 19 Practical Ways To Beat Laziness Out Of Your Life, just one or two may be good enough for you.
If these don’t help you, the best way to get over being lazy is Point 3 – Get Help.
Talk to a psychologist and express all your emotions. I’m sure they will be able to help you much better.
What techniques do you use to kick out Laziness and be a productive machine? Let me know down in the comments and I’ll keep adding to this list!
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