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.
It Hurts Your Credibility
When you start to act lazy, chances are you will start to develop real lazy habits. This does more than just prevent you from getting things done during the day, it can actually have a very serious impact on the way that people see you and the way that they act towards you. If you want to be credible and you want to show other people just how reliable that you are, then you need to stop being lazy. People won’t want to trust you anymore and it can really do a number on your reputation.
Your reputation is one of the most powerful cards you have to play and one of the best hands that you have at your disposal. Don’t let what started as just a lazy habit get in the way of that reputation. After all, you have worked too hard at this point to build credibility in order to lose it all just because you found yourself in a lazy rut.
Think about if you were meeting someone for the first time, whether it is a new friend or if you were going on a potential job interview. If the first thing that this person heard about you was that you were lazy, you wouldn’t see that as a good thing, would you? It may not seem like a big deal now, but when the term “lazy” is attached to your name it can really ruin your reputation. You want people to think that you are hard worker and that you are credible, not that you are too lazy to take on the tasks that you are given.
It Doesn’t Attract the Right People
Being lazy isn’t just a habit or an occasional way of doing things, it can define your entire personality. Don’t forget, what you put out into the world will come back to you so if you start becoming a “lazy” person, then chances are you will start attracting other lazy people. This is something that no one really wants. Chances are you may start noticing that you are only attracting and finding yourself around lazy people, it may be because of the energy that you are putting out there.
If you want to attract the right people then you need to kick those lazy habits to the curb. After all, chances are you have started to notice just how frustrating it can be to only be around other lazy individuals. One of the best things that you can do for your future is to surround yourself with people who inspire you and with others who have the type of success and the career that you want to have. You are not going to find these individuals if you are acting and attracting lazy people.
It’s Keeping You Stagnant
Your laziness may be keeping you from moving forward, growing and being as successful as you deserve to be. If your laziness is keeping you stagnant, then the good news is, there are things that you can do to improve this and to make sure that you are experiencing the growth that you deserve. Here are some of the best things you can do to destroy that laziness and start moving forward.
- 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.
- Plan Smart, Reasonable Daily Goals
If you want to get rid of that laziness, then you need to start planning smart, reasonable daily goals. This means things you can do each and every day to make sure you are getting things accomplished. Set a goal for yourself every day. Make sure it is a reasonable goal that you can actually accomplish, after all, you want to make sure that you actually get it done. Day after day as you get something done you will start to notice your laziness fall by the wayside.
Take the time to go through your calendar. Plan ahead. Write down one goal for yourself every day. Even more, write down some ways that you plan on reaching that goal. Once you reach your goal that day, mark it in your calendar so you know you have done what you set out to do, chances are you will find these positive marks highly motivating.
- 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.
- Stop Doing Something You’re Not Passionate About (Cliché, We Know)
Chances are you have heard this one before, but it is so important that it is worth repeating. If you want the ultimate end-all to your lazy habits, then you need to stop doing something that you’re not passionate about. If you are truly passionate about what you do, chances are you will find that it much harder for you to fall back on those lazy habits. Passion is the ultimate way to destroy procrastination and to stop being lazy.
If the job you have causes you to be lazy, then change the job. You are never going to be as productive at a job that you hate as you would be able to be with a job that you love. Plain and simple. It can be a big and at times scary change, but it is a change that is worth making.
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.