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How can I stop being lazy?

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Last Updated: 02/07/2022 at 11:55am
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December 22nd, 2014 11:39am
If you're feeling lazy, it may have to do with how you're taking (or not taking) care of yourself. Even something as simple as a brisk walk gives you natural energy and also releases endorphins that improve your overall mood, making you feel more inclined to go out and accomplish something that day. your feelings of laziness could possibly be linked to depression, or more rarely another mental health issue such as attention deficit disorder. It may be worth seeking professional help. Start your day with positive self talk. Listen to energetic music. Surround yourself with productive people. Who you surround yourself with inspires your behavior. Hang out with people who are successful and motivated, and their energy will likely rub off on you.
November 15th, 2014 1:25am
Maybe you can motivate yourself? If you do something you are supposed to, reward yourself with something you love, but do not reward yourself if you haven't done all the things that you are supposed to do.
November 17th, 2014 8:32am
Why do you believe yourself to be lazy and what makes you lazy? What about taking the time for some self-reflection and think about where the laziness came from and tackling that head on! :)
December 17th, 2014 8:45am
Find something for which you enjoy being alive and active. If you find the right someone or something, your laziness will transition into passion.
January 27th, 2016 6:02pm
"Laziness" in terms of a lack of motivation will require you to find exactly that; your motivation. Set yourself goals that are specific, measureable & meaningful to you, achievable, realistic and within a set time frame. If you set yourself clear meaningful goals in this way, this should help motivate you. But motivation is a lot more complex than suggested and will likely take more than just goal setting, but it's a good place to start. Working out exactly what you want in life, what you want to achieve and where you want to go in the longer term is also advisable.
January 28th, 2016 3:47pm
Being lazy can be a very unhealthy way to live life .If you're feeling lazy, it may have to do with how you're taking (or not taking) care of yourself.. step 1 You should ideally be getting eight hours of sleep and trying to get on a regular sleep cycle . Step 2 Even something as simple as a brisk walk gives you natural energy and also releases endorphins that improve your overall mood, making you feel more inclined to go out and accomplish something that day.step 3 : Who you surround yourself with inspires your behavior. Hang out with people who are successful and motivated, and their energy will likely rub off on you. Step 4 : Know what you spend time procrastinating with and take action to remove it. If you waste time surfing the web, work in a place that doesn't have internet access. If texting friends is your vice, move your phone into a different room or have a friend hold on to it for the afternoon. It's natural that you will need to take a break from working, but make sure that time is limited. For example, you could commit to working for the first 50 minutes of every hour and then take a break for 10 minutes. Finally Just do it! There isn't any cure for being lazy. The only way to overcome this is by setting your mind to the task and completing it. Have self-discipline.
November 19th, 2014 8:13pm
I like to start by making small goals when I get in a lazy mood. Make lists and start checking things off! It's the greatest feeling.
November 20th, 2014 5:02am
honestly i am very lazy and the only suggestion that i have got that has worked is just to start and get it done with
November 30th, 2014 10:48pm
Make a plan. And give yourself some rewards you like if you accomplish the task. For example, you have to clean your room, but you don't want to. Reward yourself with a snack, or something like this:)
December 8th, 2014 5:22pm
There are many things you can do to increase motivation and get things done throughout the day, but one thing is important to know - don't expect to get EVERYTHING done right away. Take small steps, make small goals that are attainable. For example, start by making a To-Do list so you know exactly what needs to get done. Then slowly work your way down that list- maybe even just doing one task each day until you get the hang of it.
December 24th, 2014 3:27am
First, determine if you're actually lazy or if you're just having trouble due to something else, like an illness or a disability. Weed that out or get accommodations for it. Secondly, assess what parts of your life you're lazy in and make a plan to combat it. Thirdly, get social support from your friends or family. The pressure of others can be powerful in the formation of action.
December 29th, 2014 6:23pm
Set yourself a list of goals for each day and a reward to give yourself once you've completed all your tasks. Try and get a good night's sleep - set your alarm, do some light stretches and have a quick shower. Put on a motivating playlist and dance along as you complete all your chores.
January 6th, 2015 1:19am
Imagine your life in a different way, from a different view from now, as if you've done something productive. Take small steps to achieve that image, and stay inspired by it.
March 13th, 2015 3:12pm
-Find something that would inspire and motivate you to do something and not just sit back in there. -think about your future and the time you are wasting by doing nothing. -Always think that there may never be tomorrow so do your very best today and enjoy
May 6th, 2015 9:41am
Set up some things to do. And if you're starting to get lazy again, think about the purpose you set that thing in the first place. You need to get it done, it's important. So get that ass up and do what you need to do!
May 24th, 2015 5:12pm
This makes me think of Newton's first law of motion which states "An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion [...] unless acted upon by an unbalanced force." which means that once you have started doing something, you tend to keep doing that. To start is always the heavy step.
June 10th, 2015 4:41pm
Motivation is the key. If you find something or someone that motivates you or empowers you to do something, there is a much greater chance that you will. Once this becomes a habit, is will eventually replace whatever motivates you to be lazy.
June 29th, 2015 4:27am
Be active, hahahaha I'm sorry. Well, try to work out, 20 minutes a day is enough, drink water to keep yourself hydrated, eat fruits to get energy and GO OUT! x
June 29th, 2015 8:30am
Well, there isn't exactly a "cure-all" for this, but most people tend to feel lazy because they aren't motivated to do anything; nothing is particularly appealing to them. A good approach to feeling less lazy is to find a hobby or topic that you're really interested in and start pursuing that - you're more likely to feel motivated when you're interested, and if you're motivated, you'll take action! (:
August 25th, 2015 8:08pm
We become lazy when we are unmotivated. Maybe you're short of a goal. Begin with a small goal and go for it. Continue making small goals until you feel comfortable in making a bigger goal for yourself. It's a wonderful feeling when we put our best effort into something we can care about
August 25th, 2015 10:31pm
A main thing to remember is to make sure your sleeping pattern is right for you. Try not to stay awake until the early hours of the morning, or stay in bed until the afternoon as this may make you feel less motivated. Find something you enjoy and make a action plan to complete activities. Finding something you enjoy to do will help you gain motivation, especially if you make a routine, whether it's going for a walk, cleaning your room or even having a shower at a certain time of day.
September 29th, 2015 2:09am
Find a hobby, something to immerse yourself in. Something that makes you buzz on the inside and out. Not drugs or alcohol, but something that you find yourself wishing you were doing when you are alone. Something that you dont need to rely on other people for. Art, music, anything you want. Something where you can express yourself and that shapes you.
October 23rd, 2015 8:07pm
Well, it depends on how you start your day. Exercise, take a bath, don't let the bed seduce you. Stay away from it as much as possible. Hydrate yourself. It helps, big time!
November 23rd, 2015 12:26am
Think of something to look forward to. Think to yourself "I can do it!" Make sure to get the amount of sleep you need to be less tired and make sure to eat enough food and drink some water
December 22nd, 2015 5:39pm
Motivate yourself. Get active. Get happy. Smile. Why do you want to do _____? Motivation is the key to happiness.
January 4th, 2016 10:34pm
I think it's ok to be lazy sometimes, if lazy means doing a minimum of things during the day. Sometimes we need to rewind if we've been busy. Or maybe we just have a lot of thoughts on our mind that take a lot of energy. But it's good to try to get outdoors, maybe just for a walk to the local shop. Both to get fresh air and exercise, but also to see people and push our comfort zone. You might not be able to do this at once and I think it's natural to have a preparation period before doing something that feels uncomfortable. But aim to do it at some point, and aim to be around other people regularly. I think we are social people all of us and we want connections. So do a course or start listening and helping people on 7 cups. I think that would make a positive difference.
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January 14th, 2016 1:56am
Laziness always go hand in hand with Procrastination. Try to put away procrastination or worry when doing something. Try setting targets for yourself and achieving them one step at a time.
January 14th, 2016 3:06pm
well, it depends, to start thinking about how good you will feel after whatever you chose to do, you know?
January 15th, 2016 5:12pm
What if it weren't laziness? What if what you are really feeling... is fear? Often, we avoid doing things because we feel scared, or blocked. Getting up and doing things, and participating will often cause change to happen, and change -- can be scary. It's often easier to stay with what you know, even if it makes you unhappy or frustrates you, than to take a risk on something that may or not be better. Or that may stir up some intense feelings, as getting up and moving, both physically and emotionally/mentally, can do just that. What if you were to set one tiny little goal for yourself per day? Something small? Do that for a week, then try two per day. Then move on to the bigger goals you have in life. If and when it gets overwhelming, stop. Take a breath. Take another breath. Focus on your breathing. It might be easier to get into new habits of doing things, instead of being "lazy," with tiny steps and self-care along the way.
January 16th, 2016 1:40pm
I tend to find that the things that make me lazy are when I give my mind an opportunity to come up with an excuse not to do it. For example if the day before I decided that I was going to the gym when I wake up then after I've woken up my brain all of a sudden will try to think things like "maybe I'm too tired or maybe I'm too ill to go today" The trick is to accept that you're going to do x activity regardless and ignore those thoughts that try to get in the way.