7 Steps From Lazy Procrastinator To Energizer Bunny

We need to know some ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating so we can be productive and achieve our goals in life.

Sometimes we have all the motivation in the world, feeling as though we could move mountains with our ickle-pinky-finger. Yet at other times we feel as though we couldn’t lift our backsides for all the money in the world.

That’s the problem with motivation: it’s inconsistent.

Humanity suffers from a mass misconception of laziness.

Many people, if not most people, consider laziness the “desire to do nothing.” People who sit in front of the TV all day are regarded as “Wanting to do nothing more than watch programs.” (And it you’re one of those people, why not do our challenge of giving up TV for a year).  People who play video games all day are regarded as “Wanting to do nothing more than play games.”  Wrongly, we link laziness to the desire to do nothing.

In many instances, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Between the ages of twelve and sixteen many people would have considered me myself lazy. Their judgment would be understandable;  I did spend most of my days playing video games. This wasn’t due to lack of desire to be active, however. It was due to fear. (And thank God, I soon learned how to overcome fear in life)

Bullied at school and living in a home where my father’s alcoholism was the cause of much fighting, I was paralysed by fear.

I longed to always be in my bedroom simply because my bedroom was safe. I played video games because they occupied my mind, preventing me from thinking about what might have been said to me at school, the fights I might find myself in the next day, or how my father might behave.  Inactivity equated to safety.

This statement, “Inactivity equates to safety,” is true for many people.

People who would truly love to be highly active are instead rendered inactive by fear.

Fear, of course, takes different forms. Some people are afraid of being judged by others—the inactive overweight person we call “Lazy” is likely afraid of being insulted should they attempt to exercise. Some are afraid of doing things incorrectly—the child called “Lazy” by his  parents is often afraid of being told, yet again, that he’s doing something “Wrong.” There are myriad examples of the same issue, where “laziness” has been caused by fear.

If we are to treat laziness we must come to understand it better. Calling someone “Lazy” is, ironically, a “lazy” understanding of a person’s emotional state. There is always a reason for so-called laziness, and more often than not the reason comes down to fear.

If we are to cure laziness we need first to cure fear. Thankfully, fear has been treated for millennia in all manner of different ways. One of the oldest ways, dating back more than four thousand years, is the practice of meditation, as you will see below (step #8)

 

 

What we need is a way to overcome laziness, to stop procrastination.

We don’t want to be the turtle that got to the finishing line very slowly. But we also don’t want to be the hare that cockily fell asleep halfway through the race. We want something between the two. We want to progress steadily and at a healthy pace. We need sustained, balanced, consistent motivation.

Here are a few key pointers, all of which have been scientifically proven to create and sustain motivation. These are excellent ways how to overcome laziness.

 

 

Ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating # 1 : Reward Effort for the sake of Effort Itself

One of the most common causes of laziness is in not seeing the point in your actions.

Laziness can arise when we have tried very hard at something only to be disappointed with the results of our efforts.

These past experiences can make us feel that there’s no reason to bother at all because our efforts won’t end in the results we want anyway.

To overcome this, you need to learn that making an effort is enough of a positive in itself, regardless of extrinsic rewards.

Every time you make a real effort to do something, reward yourself for the effort, regardless of the results.

For instance, if you want to save money, say £100, and you tried very hard but only managed to save £40, reward yourself regardless because this will reinforce the value of effort in itself and will make you more likely to try as hard, if not harder, in the future.

 # 2: Set your Focus

Look for the areas of your life that you would like to improve. Next to each of the following write a sentence describing what you would like to happen for each.

– Health and wellness
– Personal growth and passions
– Career
– Friends
– Family
– Physical environment
– Fun and recreation
– Finances
– Romantic relationships

#3: Have a Meaningful Goal in Mind Always

The best and most well practiced self improvement exercise for creating motivation is to have in mind a detailed and exciting picture of where you want to be / what you want to achieve.

Try to decide on one thing in life that you really want to happen (these life goals might give you some ideas). Make it something that is meaningful, of value and fairly challenging but not impossible. Something that you know you could achieve if you tried really hard.

Once you have decided on this one goal, try to imagine what your life would be like the moment after you achieve the goal. How would you feel? What would you see? What would you hear? For instance, if your goal was to be slim when you get married, imagine seeing yourself looking slim in the mirror, imagine what people would say to you and how you would feel. Vividly create a mental image (visualize) of what success would mean to you. Every time you begin to feel lazy, bring this image to mind to rejuvenate your motivation.

#4: Set Triggers to Actions

One of the key tools used in neuro linguistic programming is the idea of triggers, which essentially states that our actions are the result of external triggers.

For instance, when you see “12:30” on your clock at work, you know you’ll be heading to the canteen.

These actions are automatic. You don’t think before doing them. You don’t think, “Well, the clock says twelve so I ought to take the sandwich bag out. . . “ no, you just do it, automatically.

Aim to make use of the nature of triggers by associating positive action to triggers you know will happen.

For instance, instead of saying to yourself “I’ll go for a run three times a week” say “When I hear the exit-theme of the five o’clock news I’ll put my jogging shoes on and head out the door.” This helps to ground your positive actions in the real world.

 

 

# 5: Watch Movies about Perseverance and Hard Work

Some fantastic movies have been released over the years that are brilliant at motivating viewers to work.

Since you’re being lazy at the moment anyway and possibly sat in front of the TV already, why not stay there but simply put on a movie or two that will actually inspire you to overcome laziness and to begin to work harder? You’ll find a list of movies about hard work and perseverance here: Hard work & Perseverance.

 

 

Ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating # 6 Play Short Bursts of Shooting Games

Shooting games like Call of Duty and Battlefield 3 are known to help people to live in the moment.

Action games force you to stop thinking and to act on impulse. In this way they can help you to overcome those negative thoughts like “Why should I bother” and “I’ll do it tomorrow.” They force you to act now and the sense of action you get from the game will carry over into real life.

 

Ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating # 7 : Novelty

Finally, do something right now that you would never normally do. There is nothing like the unfamiliar to stir a spark in you. Do something new and fun and witness the heightened energy it creates in you.

Here’s a great video on how to overcome laziness

How to Overcome Laziness | Better You

 

8: You can meditate to overcome laziness too. Try meditating on water

 

There are lots of different meditation techniques for laziness.

There are a great many techniques that can be used to cure fear and “Laziness.” They include Zen, Transcendental Meditation Technique, Buddhist techniques and more.

If you want to know more about meditation, take a look at my comprehensive guide to more than 30 different meditation techniques.

All major meditation techniques have already been covered, in detail, in TheDailyMeditation.com’s guide Journey To The Buddha Within You. But there is one technique which is so effective at treating “Laziness” that it merits additional coverage here: Water meditation.

On Water Meditation Technique and How to Do Water Meditation

To view “Laziness” through the eyes of a poet, we might say, “The lazy person is as the stubborn rock in the middle of a stream; they refuse to move even as the water flows all around them.” The “Couch Potato” sits there, unmoving, as life happens around them, much as the rock sits in the centre of the stream, refusing to flow with the tide. If only we could make the lazy person move with the life around them, we would end “Laziness.”

The trick is freeing the lazy person–freeing the rock to move. Or, to be more specific, we must free the mind to move. We must eliminate fear, that great spiritual anchor. Once fear has been lifted the lazy person will find the freedom to be active once more.

Nothing is so free as water, so perhaps it is only fitting that water meditation be so effective at freeing the mind. When we meditate on water, we encourage our minds to let go, to live in the moment, to be free and, as water, to find stillness in motion.

 

 

How to do water meditation technique:

Meditating on water is one of the most enjoyable of all meditation techniques. It is immensely relaxing and very rewarding. It is also rather simple. Here’s how to do it.

1)      Find a source of water somewhere quiet. For the perfect technique, try either a fast moving river or waterfalls. Failing these, you may likewise sit beside the bath with the tap on.

2)      Close your eyes for five minutes and listen to the flow of the water. Permit your mind to let go and be one with the flow of the water.

3)      Now open your eyes and watch the water as you listen to it. Imagine the water carrying away your thoughts. Imagine your mind flowing freely with the water.

4)      You may choose to actually get in the water. If you do so, focus on the feeling of the water on your body and ask the water to carry away your stress and concerns.

5)      Continue focussing on the water for a minimum of ten minutes.

6)      Afterwards, say to yourself, “I will flow freely as water.” Make this your mantra for the next week.

Flow freely like water. Let go of fear and apprehension and you will naturally overcome laziness. Water is one of the most powerful forces in the world, constituting more than 75% of the planet and powering nature and life. Find the essence of water in your spirit and you will likewise discover the true power within.

 

 

So there we have it, the best ways how to stop being lazy and procrastinating. If you know any great ways to stop being lazy and procrastinating leave a comment. Thanks.

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