Everybody, and I mean everybody, deserves to have lazy days. But there is a big difference between having the odd day on the sofa, and making a butt-shaped dent in it from spending most of your time on there. Nobody was born lazy, not even you. You’ve just probably picked up lazy habits along the way.
Now don’t get me wrong, “resting” does not mean laziness. I have to put this in here just to be clear that this is a non-accusatory article. Some people NEED to rest. I know this because I’m one of those people (chronic pain/arthritis warrior over here). Laziness, however, is when you CHOOSE to not do something because you simply can’t be bothered; you can’t motivate yourself to do it.
Well, my friend, I’m here to help you. I have found, tried and tested several different ways to overcome laziness. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy but it will sure as hell be worth it!
Step 1: Understand why you’re lazy
You’ve probably heard this before but you cannot solve a problem unless you know what causes it.
Think of something that you’ve wanted to do recently but you just haven’t because you wanted to be lazy instead. Now, try to pinpoint exactly WHY you didn’t do it. Was it because you were tired? Was it because you were frightened to do it? Or was it simply because you found the task boring?
Once you’ve realised the reason of why you didn’t do that specific task, write down how you can overcome it. For example, if it was because you were tired, write down a plan for preventing yourself from being so tired, like setting yourself an earlier bed time or eating less lethargic foods.
Step 2: Set yourself some goals
If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know how much I love to write down my goals. And if you know me, you’ll know that I have a million notepads with all sorts of scribblings on them.
Anyway, back to the point…WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS! Each day of your life has a purpose and it’s your job to find out what that purpose is. Having goals gives you direction, and having direction gives you motivation, and having motivation prevents you from being lazy!
If you have no idea where to begin, start by writing down the type of person you want to be in 10 years time. Then write down the person you want to be in 5 years, then 2 years, 1 year, 1 month and 1 day. It may start to get harder the closer in time you’re setting the goals for but this is usually because you are in fear of doing or not doing the tasks to get yourself to those goals. All you need to do at the moment is write them down.
Step 3: Establish a routine
Now that you’ve got your goals written down, write a bullet list of the things you need to do on a daily basis to achieve those goals. They don’t have to be extravagant things – start small – but just make sure that you start.
Breaking up big tasks into smaller tasks helps to trick the mind into thinking they’re easy tasks. (That’s a lot of tasks in one sentence!) Try to make sure that you’re accomplishing the little tasks every day to get you closer to achieving your goals.
Remember, it takes 21 days to create a habit, so if you stick to this routine for 3 weeks, you’ll soon find that your lazy days will soon be over.
Step 4: Find your passion
Have you ever heard that saying “if you do something you’re passionate about for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life?”
Well, it’s true! The main reason people become lazy is because they don’t enjoy doing what they do for a living. So they go to work and spend hours doing something they hate, then come home and reward themselves by being lazy and not following their dreams.
I believe that everyone has a passion. It may not make you a lot of money, but it’ll definitely make you happy.
I can’t help you find your passion but you should have an idea of what it could be. Whatever it is, don’t give up on it just because you’d rather be lazy instead. You don’t want to get to the end of your life and remember just sitting in front of the TV with your cat because you couldn’t be bothered to do the thing you love.
Allow yourself to have the odd lazy day but please don’t waste your life away by being lazy every day.
All the best.