There are so many people today who are labeled as being “lazy.” Whether you simply want to be more productive but find it hard to motivate yourself, if you have found that being “lazy” has hindered your professional endeavors or if it is ruining your reputation among friends and family, then you need to learn how to stop being lazy. This is actually easier said than done. You may not want to be lazy, but it can still be difficult to not fall back on old habits. If you are willing to put in the work and follow these three tips, you can steadily start to get over your lazy habits and become a much more productive individual.
The Calendar, An Alternative To The To-Do List
If you are one of those lazy individuals who makes really long to-do lists, only to find that none of the items on that list tend to get crossed off, then it may be time to change your ‘to-do’ approach. Instead of making lists of things that you need to accomplish, then you should reformat your approach to organizing the tasks that you need to get done. Many people find more success by keeping a calendar instead of a long list of things to get done. Allocate a handful of different assignments on different days. Put 2-3 ‘to-do’ items for Monday, a few for Tuesday and so on. This will help you keep on track, stay organized, get more done and be less lazy.
Delegate/Outsource Redundant Tasks
If you have really redundant tasks that you don’t like to do, or that you tend to put off, this can cause you to fall back on lazy habits. Instead of letting these types of tasks get the best of you, start delegating or outsourcing these tasks when you can’t. Without these types of things getting in your way, you can be more productive and get more done. Chances are, these redundant tasks are what are making you feel lazy and are what are preventing you from being productive. You would be surprised by the number of tasks that you can delegate if you just plan it out properly.
Stop Hanging Out With the Wrong People
The people who you surround yourself with actually have a great deal of impact on your life and your productivity levels. If you are surrounding yourself with “lazy” people or individuals who sleep in, don’t go the extra mile or who spend their weekends on the couch, then this can start rubbing off on you. When you spend all of your time around people who are lazy, you will typically unintentionally start acting lazy yourself. If you surround yourself with motivated, productive individuals, you are surrounding yourself with great role models of how you should be acting. Surround yourself with people who act in the way that you want to act, it can really help you overcome your tendency to be lazy.
Just because you have fallen in a rut of acting lazy, it doesn’t mean that you always have to be that way. Keep these tips in mind and you can start being more productive each and every day and you can start kicking those lazy habits to the curb.