How to stop being lazy and unmotivated: 7 Simple Strategies
These were the words shouted by a car wash attendant as a pickup truck powered through a carwash in under 4 seconds flat.
His truck barely got wet as he left his truck in drive… because he wasn’t aware of his surroundings.
The solution to laziness is not powering through it, but taking a step back and observing the root cause of it,
Now, do you want to know how to stop being lazy and unmotivated?
In my last post “how to reinvent yourself” I identified that the first step to recreating your life is defining where exactly you are. Where am I currently? What do I want to accomplish? How would I know when I am fulfilled and not lazy?
Asking yourself these questions is critical to overcome extreme laziness and lack of motivation.
Sounds really simple right? But we miss this step every day. We don’t know the root cause of our laziness and why we even want to fix it. This is actually a practical thing you could do even before you finish reading this blog post, and I’m going to reveal reasons why… you might be lazy
3 Reasons Why You Might Be Lazy and Unmotivated
1. You are not inspired by the task.
Boring right? You feel the task is boring and your mind everything it can to stay away from that thing. It keeps pushing it tomorrow, and then tomorrow, and then tomorrow. Or you don’t put in your full effort
But you know deep inside that whether you like it or not, you have to complete this task. You lack fulfillment in that task, depression starts to kick in overtime. You start to think you are not motivated.
You start to watch motivation videos one after another and eventually get distracted for 2 hours on YouTube. It’s not your fault. You are not inspired by the task. Find a way to make it fun for you or find another activity that would lead to the goal that you find inspiring.
2. You don't know what to do
If you don’t know exactly what to do, how would you do it? You say “I should be working on my business now” But you don’t know the specific thing to do right now. Or maybe you know what to do, but you don’t simplify it to the next action you can take.
You become overwhelmed and confused and you’ll end up not doing anything. If you really want to get rid of procrastination and laziness, you will have a plan and follow that plan. That’s why I recommend planning the day before to set out your to-dos before the day comes, so you are prepared and know exactly what to do at that moment.
3. You are tired
Our bodies need rest and functions on the amount of energy we have, If you are tired, you can’t do anything. You need to recharge and rest to refill your energy. You may be overworking on the right things or the wrong things
If you are working on the right things, Congratulations!
But if you are focusing and working on the wrong things, rewrite your priorities. Productivity is thinking about what you want to get done and following through on the necessary tasks to accomplish your goals.
It is not working 100 hours a week.
7 Strategies to stop being lazy and unmotivated
1. Identify why you are lazy
Why are you lazy? Is it because you are overwhelmed, or you don’t know exactly what to do, or you are burnt out from overworking. Identifying the root cause of your reason for lack of motivation will enable you to focus your energy on finding a solution
Let me give you an example. Let’s look at Sam
This is an average morning routine for Sam. He wakes up, spends 2 hours on his phone checking emails or being distracted. He eventually found out that he’s late for work. He quickly gets ready and maybe eats a little bit.
Then he gets to work and finds out that he is not productive. His mind keeps getting distracted. He is unmotivated to get things done. The reason for this was his crappy morning routine. Now he reads this blog post and finds out that his morning routine is the cause of his laziness. Knowing this, he can create a better morning routine that will increase his energy and focus.
2. Be mindful
A research done by Mindful Schools studied the benefits of mindfulness for educators and students. They find out that mindfulness practice improves attention, decreases stress and anxiety, improves interpersonal relationships, strengthens compassion, and more.
3. Do Something Principle
The Do Something Principle solves the problem of lack of motivation. We think that we need to get motivated to take action. No, we get it all wrong. Action is not just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it. In fact motivation, inspiration, and action are connected in an infinite loop.
Do something. Anything really, then you trigger the cycle and harness the motivation and inspiration to take further action.
4. Have a direction
In recent years, there is this mindset that working so many hours is productive. We feel we are accomplishing something. But that’s not the case. Out of those hours and hours of work, you are only productive for 3-4 hours.
Use that time to focus in the right direction and eliminate distraction, unless you will get yourself tired without achieving much. Knowing exactly what you want to accomplish and taking action towards that will save you from laziness and wasting your time
5. Seek out help from others
There are things in life out of our control. In those moments, we should look beyond ourselves, because that’s were the solution is. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it is rather a sign of strength as you are learning and growing.
If you are being overworked, you can ask someone to help you with that task. When you delegate those tasks, you free up time and energy hence you won’t be lazy anymore
6. Exercise your body
Being active gives you more energy during the day and increases your brain function and performance. It improves creativity and keeps the brain healthy.
This means that when you do some kind of physical activity your energy level increases. And without proper energy, your body just feels like a couch potato. You don’t have the right amount of energy and willpower to do the things you want to do
What counts as exercise
According to experts, the recommended amount of exercise to keep your mind sharp is about an hour a day. Find something that involves moving certain parts of your body. A few examples are: taking a walk, jogging, sports, home exercise, biking, dancing, or swimming. Choose the activity that fits into your schedule.
7. Live in the moment
Sometimes we get analysis paralysis which prevents us from taking action. Our mind plays out so many scenarios and plans everything to the detail, without considering the next step you can take right now.
Tip: Make sure its in line with your goals, then you feel feel fulfilled
How do you get yourself motivated?
No matter the reason for your lack of motivation, always come back to the present. What can I do now that will move me forward – even though it’s just a little bit
Remember the Do Something Principle. What are your thoughts on laziness and motivation? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? What do you find are the most impactful benefits of overcoming laziness? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks for Reading!