Need a lazy day? It happens to the best of us. In these busy times, taking the occasional lazy day isn’t just alright but much needed. But if you find that you’re taking lazy days more often than not, and you’re having trouble getting things done, it could be a sign that there’s something going on.
Here are some tips to help you get rid of laziness and get a grasp on your productivity.
1. Make your goals manageable
Setting unrealistic goals and taking on too much can lead to burnout. Avoid overloading by setting smaller, attainable goals that will get you where you want to be without overwhelming you along the way.
2. Use positive instead of negative self-talk
Negative self-talk can disrupt your efforts to make things happen in every aspect of your life. It is a form of negative self-talk to tell yourself that you are a lazy person. By practicing positive self-talking, you can stop your negative inner voice. Instead of saying, "I can't get this done," say, "I'm going to give it all to get it done."
3. Create a plan of action
Planning how something is going to be done can make getting there easier. Be realistic about how much time, effort and other factors you need to achieve your goal and create a plan of action. Having a plan will provide direction and confidence that can help even if you hit a hurdle along the way.
4. Recognize your accomplishments along the way
Patting yourself on the back for a job well done can help motivate you to keep going. Consider writing down all of your accomplishments along the way in everything you do. It’s a great way to boost your confidence and positivity, and help you to carry on.
5. Ask for help
Many people believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But not asking for help could be setting you up for failure. A 2018 study found that people who don’t ask coworkers for help were more likely to be dissatisfied in their jobs and had lower levels of job performance. They were also perceived less favorably by their employers.
6. Avoid distraction
We all have our favorite distractions we turn to when we’re just not feeling like doing a task whether it’s scrolling through social media or playing with a pet. Find ways to make your distractions less accessible. This can mean finding a quiet place to work, like the library or an empty room, or using an app to block sites that you scroll mindlessly when you should be on task.
7. Make tedious tasks fun
We tend to avoid jobs that we find boring or tedious. Chores like cleaning the gutters or bathroom will never be loads of fun, but you can make them more enjoyable. Try listening music or a podcast while doing them.
8. Reward yourself
Getting a job done is a reward in itself, but some people are driven by external rewards. Focus on what you’ll gain from getting something done, or reward yourself for a job well done. Celebrate with a night out or invite friends over for drink.