How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.”
We all like to laze around. Either it is getting our school/college work done, doing the household chores, working out or taking care of our personal health, we all have been there. There is nothing bad in doing much at all, but we should learn to keep that lazy time to a moderate and healthy amount instead of letting it hold us back and stuck in the same place of excuses for years.
- Start small.
The hardest thing is to get started. Why so? Because we feel that big tasks require big efforts to be taken. The bigger the effort, the greater would be the resistance. So make that as easy as you can to reduce the inner resistance and to actually take action. Start with just taking a small step forward. When we start slow, it builds the momentum and keeps us going.
- Do the most important thing first thing in the morning.
Our energy level is at peak in the morning. By doing the thing that matters the most first thing in the morning, we are making judicious use of our energy. Rather than checking emails or social media apps, start your day by doing the most important thing. By doing so you set a good tone for your day and you’ll be a lot more motivated to keep going on that path during the rest of your day.
- Fully focused work-fully lazy break-fully focused work-fully lazy break…
Lighten up your daily work by injecting small breaks between slots of fully focused work. Breaks and work go hand in hand. Don’t exhaust yourself by working continuously for 3-4 hours. Nor waste your time and energy trying to work half-heartedly. Work for 25 minutes with full concentration and then then laze around for 5 minutes. Or allot 50 minutes for focused work and 10 minutes for rest. By breaking down your hours like this the work seems less daunting. And you’ll feel energetic and motivated longer and do work of better quality if you allow yourself these pauses of rest and time to lazy around.
- Shut down distractions temporarily.
Turn off all the escape routes that you might take while you are working to avoid procrastination. For example- your smartphone. Switch it to silent mode so that any notification that pops up doesn’t distract you. Block facebook or other social media sites on you computer to stay focussed.
- Draw motivation and energy from others.
If the people you hang out the most with are generally a bit lazy about work then it’s easy to just adapt to that mood and way of thinking and go with it. It is rightly said, “We are the average of the 5 people we spend most of our time with.” Spend more time with motivated people in real life and via books, the internet and audio books and that will start to influence your thinking and mood too.
- Enjoy your breaks, fully.
Time spent on just lazying around helps us to relax and recharge and it makes us happy. a moderate amount spending some time on being lazy is truly beneficial for us. When we spend our lazy time in more conscious way we are more motivated and energized to go back to work again later on. So, make sure to appreciate and fully enjoy the lazy time you have and create for yourself because you know that it will benefit you in several important ways.