How do you trick yourself not to be lazy

First up let me start by saying if you’re worried about being lazy, you’re probably not lazy but in need of a break. Truly lazy people don’t want to do anything, they want to get by on doing the absolute minimum, have no goals and want everything and anything handed to them. If you’re reading this, you might want things to be easier sometimes and a bit less effort, but you have goals and dreams you want to achieve and be successful in your chosen field. Am I right?

If you’re feeling lazy, maybe even for an extended period of time there could be all sorts of very good reasons for it. You might be on the brink of an illness and your body is run down. You might even be in full blown burnout and need a complete reset and recharge to be able to function again. Take that break! Your body and mind need it!!!

If you can’t get yourself to do something in particular, there might be other reasons involved such as the fear of getting things wrong. You might not know where to start or you might have a serious case of perfectionism stopping you from even getting started.

Also, I don’t believe being lazy is a sin (even God rested on the 7th day, remember?). We all need a break once in a while. And taking breaks is super important for your mental well being as well as to recharge for more good quality work.

So no, I don’t think you’re lazy at all!

Let’s have a quick look at the definitions of “lazy”:

The Cambridge English Dictionary says: “not willing or not wanting to work or use effort to do something”; Merriam-Webster describes lazy as “disinclined to activity or exertion; not energetic or vigorous”, and the Oxford English Dictionary has “unwilling to work or be active; doing as little as possible”.

All these definitions describe me at the end of a long day or at the weekend after a tough week, and I definitely don’t consider myself lazy. I just know myself, and when I need a break, I take it. I know that if I don’t, I’ll regret it only too soon.

So what can you do to get over laziness?

Here are my 7 top tips to stop yourself being “lazy”:

Visualise your goals to incentivise

So maybe all you need is to remind yourself what you’re doing all this work for. Spend a few minutes visualising your goals. Ideally do that at the beginning of every day. Just spending 5 or 10 minutes every morning visualising why you’re doing what you’re doing can improve your mindset and motivate you to put in the effort and the hours you need to.

Be kind to yourself

As I mentioned earlier, you might just need a break. Recognise this need, be kind to yourself and grant yourself some time off. This could be just a later start, an earlier finish or take the day off. When was the last time you did that?

Maybe you’re tired and need a nap? Studies have shown that taking a nap can really boost your productivity so rather than fighting with yourself to keep going, give in and take a power nap. Your body, your mind and your to do list will thank you for it.

Break it down

Have you bitten off more than you can chew? Is the thought of a huge project or an enormous task stopping you from even starting? Break it down into more manageable chunks and give yourself mini deadlines to finish each milestone.