Leadership

How to Overcome Laziness

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If you or someone you know is experiencing chronic laziness, the following tips can help to get back on track.

  1. Do something that motivates you.

    All too often, laziness stems from boredom or a complete disinterest in your daily tasks. If you don’t feel that your work is rewarding, consider changing careers. Likewise, if your child isn’t inherently motivated to do schoolwork, set up a reward system that gives him or her something to work toward. Also, if a particular task seems overwhelming to you or your child (and therefore causes you to not do it), take small steps to make the task more manageable.

  2. Exercise.

    The more time that passes without taking action, the easier it is to fall into the laziness trap. Exercise is an excellent way to boost your energy levels and put you in a better mood – so you’re ready to face a new day head-on.

  3. Rule out illness.

    If you lack the desire to do anything, you may be suffering from an illness such as depression or the newly defined motivational deficiency disorder. When laziness becomes chronic or overwhelming, you should talk to your health care provider.

  4. Make a change in your life.

    Sometimes, just the routine of daily life can lead to laziness. If you feel your daily routine is turning into monotony, sign up for a class at your local community college, volunteer at your town’s animal shelter or call up a friend to play something.

  5. Surround yourself with supportive people.

    When laziness begins to set in, one of the worst things you can do is surround yourself with other lazy people. Instead, actively seek out people – in both professional and personal settings – who will support your ideas, encourage your success and embrace you as a person.

    Laziness leads to boredom, and boredom is the greatest crime against oneself.  – Isaac Morehouse