Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

How can I stop being lazy?

55 Answers
Last Updated: 10/06/2020 at 12:10am
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Lisa Groesz, PhD


With evidenced based therapies, we find the root of the problem together to implement solutions. We all face crises, transitions, or disorders at some time.

Top Rated Answers
January 17th, 2016 4:46pm
That is a very good question ! Laziness , especially we teens suffer from that to a great extent . Laziness can be defined as lack of activity both mental and physical . Stopping laziness first of all , and most importantly stands on the WILL and DESIRE of that person whether to stop it or not , so basically will power plays a very essential role here...Ways to stop it can be real simple daily activities , committing these activities can for sure drown it's affect gradually , finding new fun activities can also be a very important contributing agent in the process of stopping this global deal with-needed issue. As for mental laziness , a book , the best friend can really be of great help , at the end Thomas Edison totally astounded us with his quote ( Reading for the brain is like exercise for the body ) ..Also writing anything , a story , a poem , a quote...can stimulate our mental activity all along side playing brain games , solving puzzles and riddles :D .
January 20th, 2016 4:07am
You have to remember that being lazy is comfortable, but it won't help you in the long run. Just try to find a way to motivate yourself into doing something.
January 20th, 2016 5:42am
I think that creating some kind of planner to map out your day is a surprisingly underrated strategy. I guess it's just difficult to get into the habit of doing it, but once you do, it's amazing how much it does for you. You feel like you have purpose throughout your day and you always feel like you're doing the thing you're meant to be doing. Don't make the mistake of associating a planner with some kind of strict schedule, it's just a way of organizing everything so you can allot an appropriate amount of time into the tasks that you're supposed to be doing. You can still set out free time for yourself, but when you're doing stuff during that free time, you just don't feel lazy. You feel like you're progressing.
January 22nd, 2016 9:19pm
Try setting yourself a goal and reward yourself once you have achieved it. Start small, do little things, but do SOMETHING. There's nothing wrong with being lazy now and then, but being lazy all the time doesn't get you anywhere. And if you are asking this question... it's a sure sign you wish to get something done, so get to it!
January 28th, 2016 9:20pm
Stopping being lazy is hard, I know from experience (I used to be lazy - sometimes still am) - what I did is I found that I needed to focus, so I slowly worked on focusing on tasks, like you need to do an assignment for example, it's due in two weeks, every day of the week slowly work on it, and it'll be done by the time it's due, then you do more and more each day, till you're not as lazy.
January 29th, 2016 5:47am
try watching more motivational videos, finding your passion, try new things.
January 29th, 2016 4:33pm
Find something (e.g a reward or some really compelling reasons) that motivates or inspires you to get down to brass tacks , stop procrastinating and just start doing whatever it is you're supposed to be doing. Make sure to be kind to yourself and not be too demanding at first .. for that can make the task itself seem daunting! And then that subconscious fear or dislike may manifest as "laziness"
January 30th, 2016 11:29am
The easiest way to overcome 'laziness' is to break things down. Some tasks feel too big to handle, and so we put them off and distract ourselves in other ways - and then because we haven't achieved what we hoped to, we call is laziness. If you turn tasks into small, actionable goals, they seem instantly easier to accomplish. Another thing you can try is envisioning success. What do you hope to achieve by spending your time effectively? How can you get there? Having something in mind provides great motivation to get started. Eventually it's possible to form productive habits. Instead of laziness, you'll be inclined to spend your time well, because that's what you've practiced and what you become used to. Don't forget to take breaks and look after yourself as well, though! Good luck on your journey!
January 31st, 2016 11:05pm
Join a sport with a local club or even doing little things like getting up to get your phone charger or getting up to get the tv remote instead of asking people to do it for you.
February 4th, 2016 12:46pm
First of all you have to look inside yourself, and find the reason for your laziness. Than decide how you can overcome that reason and keep moving forward. Make a plan how to activate your mind and your body. What motivates you.
February 5th, 2016 12:43pm
You should understand that it's necessary to be active and perform the needful tasks. Make your mind into thinking that I shall achieve so-and-so and happiness if I do it. Better to do something than to later regret it! Motivating yourself can lead to success.
February 5th, 2016 11:30pm
Make a to do list every day and then stick to it, and every time you feel like you need to lay down or get lazy look at the list to see what needs to be done next. Reward yourself by making a goal to finish an amount and then have a reward when they are finished.
February 6th, 2016 2:17am
Try to set goals for your day with activities you would like to acomplish. Any task you consider useful.
February 6th, 2016 5:59am
To stop being lazy you should have something that motivates you and you just gotta have something that gets you going. :)
February 10th, 2016 3:35am
you can stop being lazy by listening to high energy music to jump-start you into doing a task. also, i find excersing(even a tiny bit) can give you more energy.
February 10th, 2016 8:39am
Try to have a positive mindset. Im a very lazy person and i find telling myself mentally that "i need to get up" or "need to go running" seems to help stop me from lazing around.
February 11th, 2016 8:05pm
You just have to push yourself and get out there! Do exciting things and try something you haven't ever done before. :)
March 7th, 2016 5:11am
Sometimes laziness can become a habit and habits are very hard to break. My advice is to reward yourself for doing the things you don't particularly like to do like homework or chores. That way it works as a little motivator to get things done and stop being lazy!
March 22nd, 2016 7:13pm
The best way is to set weekly or daily goals for yourself, such as "I'm going to exercise this many minutes a week/day" or "I won't watch TV as much this week." When you reach those goals, reward yourself with activities that you enjoy most.
April 11th, 2016 9:40pm
Set up small goals for yourself that are easy to reach but will keep you on track of reaching your dreams might help. Also taking notes of what you've already accomplished might help you keep motivated!
March 20th, 2017 11:55pm
The most important thing is to start small. If you try to do too much at first, you will overwhelm yourself and lose your motivation to continue. Begin by making yourself do small, everyday tasks, then work up to the larger ones.
August 1st, 2017 2:55pm
Plan your days out, set yourself attainable goals and if you reach them, reward yourself. At first it's all about motivation, so make the reward something you really want. And stick to the plan by making it into very little tasks, so you often get the satisfaction of finishing something. Write down stuff like "getting up", "brushing teeth", ticking it off instantly makes you feel accomplished.
July 3rd, 2018 8:41pm
Start by setting small, realistic goals for yourself that involve being active and then slowly alter those goals to more challenging ones once you've achieved those initial goals.
December 17th, 2018 9:36am
It is hard if you are used to be always the one who gets everything. But first of all find a motivation, think about prizes you can get or buy yourself if you do something else. If you distracted then I recommend to get rid of all the distractions you have. The phone? Then put it away. Social media? Log out. Music? Turn it off. People? Go to the calm place. Also, having lazy thought and waiting for someone to do something instead of you..No. Then watch some motivational videos, ask people how they handle this and analyze yourself what works the best for you.
October 6th, 2020 12:10am
(This applies to home life, and is not fitness motivation related) Create a list of really small, easily finished tasks (fold laundry, take out the trash, throw out the old milk you forgot about in the fridge). Then from that list, each day tackle just one task and cross it off of your list. Eventually you will likely start to feel accomplished/satisfied with yourself for slowly knocking down that list that you either add a second chore to your daily goal, or you add chores to the list that take more time (sweep the floors, rake leaves, etc). Even if you don't find a sense of enjoyment or accomplishment, seeing that it doesn't take but a few minutes to finish one item each day should help you to stop procrastinating and start being more motivated in your life.