7 Proven Ways to STOP Being Lazy

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hey everyone and welcome to top thing

today we're going to learn about seven

proven ways to stop being lazy now let's

begin number one dispelling your

assumptions are you a naturally lazy

person well you'd be surprised how many

people claim laziness as one of their

core personality traits they resign

themselves to a lethargic lifestyle

assuming it's a fundamental part of who

they are but they're looking at laziness

the wrong way

in fact intrinsic laziness is not nearly

as common as people think very few

people are as lazy as they say they are

just imagine you're struggling to

exercise regularly every night you say

you're going to go running in the

morning but every morning you find some

reason not to does that mean you're a

naturally lazy person no not at all

there are all kinds of reasons why

people have trouble accomplishing their

goals or creating healthy habits you

might have problems with self-control or

self-discipline your fears and

insecurities may be trapping you inside

your comfort zone when you assume you're

intrinsically lazy

well you're not only ignoring the real

problem but you're also avoiding your

potential to be productive and efficient

you need to believe in your own ability

you have to have faith that you're

capable of improving yourself and your

life but as long as you make harmful

assumptions well your work ethic is

going to suffer number two

the eight categories of laziness since

you're probably not intrinsically lazy

well it's time to understand where your

laziness comes from laziness is often a

byproduct of a deeper issue but it can

be tricky to figure out what's really

going on

luckily psychologists have narrowed down

laziness into eight categories each

category describes a unique underlying

problem they all create negative and

unproductive mindsets but they stem from

vastly different emotional states as we

go through these eight categories

pay attention to which one sounds the

most like you the more you know about

your laziness the easier it will be to

get past it the first category is caused

by fatigue you're lazy because you don't

have the physical or mental energy to be

productive you might say things like I'm

too tired to work the problem isn't that

you're lazy it's that you're not taking

good enough care of yourself

the second is regret you get lazy when

you feel like an opportunity has passed

you by you might avoid work by saying

it's too late to get started but you're

just looking for excuses to stay where

you are chances are you don't believe in

your ability to keep up with everyone

else the third category is internal

shame this can make you incredibly

unproductive and ruin your mindset most

of the time shame comes from a lack of

self compassion you get so frustrated

with yourself for being lazy that you

end up becoming the thing you were

trying to avoid the next is social fear

you hold yourself back because you're

worried about looking stupid if you try

something and fail you might be scared

it's going to ruin your image the fifth

category is neuroticism or anxiety when

you face new challenges you're

overwhelmed by your fears you tell

yourself you can't do something because

you're too scared to try number six is

laziness created by uncertainty you

might hesitate when something is

complicated or confusing but this

confusion is a natural part of any

challenge so learn to embrace it the

seventh is apathy you get lazy because

well you don't care

this is often a sign of aimlessness or


if you feel apathetic toward everything

you're not lazy you just need to

discover something that's important to

you finally their self definition which

is the issue we talked about in step 1

if you identify as lazy well then you

become lazy but you can solidify your

ambitions by gradually changing the way

you define yourself

number three rediscover your direction

what will happen if you leave things the

way they are this is a crucial all be an

uncomfortable question to ask yourself

for people who struggle with laziness

the future may seem a bit unnerving if

you stay the way you are for the next

five to ten years

well you might never achieve your

lifelong goals you might never turn into

the person that you dreamt of becoming

these hypotheticals will train you to

look into the future to consider how

your current priorities will evolve over

time realizing that you're not on the

right path can motivate you to correct

bad habits and make lasting changes to

lifestyle number four identifying the

value of your work even after they

improve their mindset some people still

struggle to see the value in their work

you may become unproductive because

nothing seems like a worthwhile use of

your time but there's an easy way to

work around this kind of laziness

anytime you set a goal or make a new

habit don't just write down what you're

doing write down why it's an important

addition to your life when you identify

the value of your goals your work will

seem worth doing so make this simple

change to revolutionize your

productivity number five the lazy work

exchange many people think being

productive means working uninterrupted

for hours on end they think you're

supposed to get everything done in one

sitting but that's completely

unrealistic hardly anyone works like

that even the most productive people

have slow periods or downtime throughout

the day so don't hold yourself to this

impossible standard don't expect

yourself to sit down and concentrate for

eight to twelve hours straight it's

rarely if ever going to happen but that

isn't something to be ashamed of there's

nothing wrong with taking breaks in fact

breaks are an incredibly useful way to

stay productive when you're feeling lazy

if you use them correctly you can

essentially use laziness to your

advantage you'll create a routine that

lets you be lazy and feel good about it

the key is to exchange downtime for work

time in other words to get one you have

to do the other let's say you really

want to watch an episode of your

favorite show that's not an issue but

you need to earn that half-hour of

laziness by doing an equal amount of

work I recommend keeping at least a 1 to


lazy work ratio so for every 1 minute of

downtime you do 3 minutes of work that

means you need to work for 90 minutes to

earn a half hour for your show the

beauty of this step is that your

laziness becomes your motivation when

you can't shake the urge to slack off

then let that fuel you you'll be more

productive because you know a fun reward

is waiting for you at the end you may

even find yourself working harder when

you know there's a break coming up soon

a lot of people end up overshooting the

time they needed to spend working that

get so wrapped up in a project that they

end up pushing themselves further why

well because setting limitations

alleviates pressure

it makes your work seem manageable

instead of stressful and depressive oh

but that's not all exchanging work time

for downtime also makes your downtime

more enjoyable just think about how you

feel when you're avoiding work are you

guilty restless and angry with yourself

you know you're procrastinating but you

just can't seem to stop those negative

emotions tend to ruin whatever fun thing

you're doing so if you earn your

downtime then you can actually enjoy

being lazy you can watch your show

browse social media or do whatever you

want without that frustrating guilt

looming over your head so don't worry

about working for hours and hours divide

up your day with short breaks to get the

most out of your work time and your


number six measure your transformation

as you slowly begin changing your habits

and priorities don't forget to keep

track of your progress even the smallest

improvements can help you down the road

looking back on your transformation can

be a huge motivator when you're feeling

hopeless and lethargic those records are

there to give you an extra boost of

encouragement they'll push you through

the rough patches they'll help you

overcome obstacles and persevere through

failure many people get discouraged and

lazy because they don't feel like their

hard work is getting them anywhere

you're investing all this time and

energy into improving yourself maybe

you're hoping to notice changes in your

body shape or feel like you're getting

closer to achieving your goals but

you're not seeing any results it's

important to remember that real change

happens over time you can't actually see

it unless you compare where you started

and where you are right now that's why

you track your progress keeping records

will show you how much you've

accomplished it's physical evidence that

hard work really does pay off

number seven the power of kindness if

you slip up during any of these steps

well don't beat yourself up about it

to continue being productive you need to

maintain a positive attitude about your

work and yourself it's critical that you

learn to forgive yourself when you fail

just because you messed up once or twice

doesn't mean you should throw your goals

out the window you'll fail plenty of

times in your life hey everyone does but

don't let those failures destroy your

motivation and self-esteem be kind to

yourself that way you can continue

growing into the person that you want to

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