How to pull yourself out of crippling laziness

Laziness may manifest itself in many ways, the most common being the act of procrastination or vacillation. (Rawpixel pic)

Have you ever wondered why you sometimes get caught in the trap of laziness? Some psychologists say laziness is a reflection of one’s lack of self-esteem. Or a lack of positive recognition from peers and superiors, even siblings or parents.

Sometimes, one’s laziness to get a job done stems from a lack of conviction for the job at hand, or a firm belief that the job is unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Laziness can also sometimes creep in when one harbours a lack of belief in one’s ability to get the job done right.

Laziness may manifest itself in many ways, the most common being the act of procrastination or vacillation.

However, when a responsibility matters to an individual, they can put in the necessary effort to ensure that things get done, and done to perfection.

What one needs to bear in mind however, is that laziness in itself is not part of one’s life. It’s more an indicator that one does not entirely enjoy or want to do something.

The ‘lazy’ mindset

Many people feel that if an activity does not profoundly affect their lives, they need not put much effort into getting it done. These activities could include even menial tasks like doing the laundry or fixing a meal for yourself.

How to stop being lazy

First of all, you need to realise that laziness is not a personality trait and that some lazy-inducing activities you engage in unconsciously, can make it harder for you to snap yourself out of it. These include:

  • drinking too much alcohol
  • eating too much junk food
  • watching videos while at work
  • spending too much time on social media
If you find yourself caught in a lazy mental state, it will take time to snap yourself out of it and to adopt the right mindset to become productive again. (Rawpixel pic)

While the activities stated above are not totally bad for you, there is a time and place for everything. If you want to stay productive, you should refrain from indulging in these activities while at work.

If you find yourself caught in a lazy mental state, it will take some time to snap yourself out of it and to adopt the right mindset to become productive again.

Similar to learning to walk as an infant, you need to take baby steps to crawl out of the “laziness” zone. Here’s how:

  • Stop all lazy-inducing activities.
  • Take frequent breaks to let your mind rest for a bit.
  • Pick relevant work materials and read casually.
  • List down things you want to do.
  • Work for 10 minutes, then take a break for a few minutes.
  • Push yourself to work for an additional 30-minute period, then take another short break. Repeat these steps until you’ve fully completed the job at hand.

Remember that your mind will continually find creative ways to trip you up so it’s up to you to outsmart it.

If you’re desperately trying to get yourself out of a lazy state, practise these steps religiously but remember to take it slow. The most important lesson is to keep moving in the right direction, step by step.

This article first appeared in jobstore.com

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