Laziness: One of the Most Effective Ways to Fight Against It

Posted under Laziness on Thursday 12 March 2009 at 10:18 am

This time, my friends, let’s look closer at the main problem of the majority of us, Her Majesty Laziness. Nowadays, there are quite a lot of various techniques and strategies to assist people in fighting against laziness. They are available online or in a specialized literature. Once upon a time, while surfing on the Internet, I came across one interesting and very easy tactic to overcome my laziness. This technique really worked for me, and the most important fact is: it actually does not require any special state of mind, excessive enthusiasm or will power, any special preparation or knowledge. The tool I want you to try is something that can be easily done even by the laziest person on earth.

However, let me begin with talking about several myths connected with our laziness. To be proper, two of the myths, which do not allow many people understand better their laziness and start their battle against it. Here we go: it is supposed that laziness is an ineradicable personal trait. This is not true, because laziness is actually a special behavioral pattern, a habit, which certainly can be changed. Another myth is connected with the definition of laziness. We usually think that “Laziness is a condition when I am not doing anything“. This is so very wrong, because when we are lazing, we can be eating, watching a TV, listening to music, talking on the phone, playing a PC game, reading books, etc. etc. All of those are actions, and real laziness is the condition, when those activities start taking 6-12 hours a day and affecting our life. Therefore, laziness means being involved in quite useless activities (to some extent) for very long time.

Now, let’s get closer to the point. The tactic we are going to test has a certain mission: in order to beat laziness we can try not doing anything. Let’s suppose that you have something urgent or important to do, but you feel lazy to do that. It’s ok. First of all, let’s apply the strategy we were talking about before, and make a plan. You should schedule your activity, so take a piece of paper and write down on it, when you are going to start doing the task and for how long you are going to be busy with it. For example, “Today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.” or “Tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.” The most probably, when the mentioned time has come, you start feeling lazy again. What actually do you need to do to fight with it?

Ok: when the scheduled time came, give up doing what you were doing before, get up from your place and stand in the middle of the room (standing is better than sitting or laying down, I hope you understand why!). Do not do anything and just go with the flow of your thoughts, until you start feeling like you are ready to start doing the task you planned to do. Not doing anything and just standing still is quite unpleasant and hard, so it will eventually come to your mind that you need to start doing your task. So, take your time for choosing from two alternatives: the thing you need to do, or doing nothing, From my own experience, I can tell you that the longest it took me to stand and wait for the inspiration to come, was 5 minutes. Hint: do not think about how complicated and long the task can be, just think about doing the first step. It’s like pressing “Start” button on your computer: find the way to begin, and it will be easier to proceed.

You can apply the same tactic in the situation, when you start feeling lazy in the middle of doing you task or assignment. Go back to the room and stand still doing nothing for a while. Believe me, very soon you will feel like being back to your task. This technique is applicable for any sort of tasks or activities, in any situation. And it’s advantage is: there is no need in making extra efforts or persuading yourself that you need to start working on something. Moreover, do not try to control your thoughts and just go with the flow. Most probably, inspiration and motivation will come soon. Good luck!

12 Comments »

  1. Comment by ts — August 10, 2009 @ 6:17 am

    haha i love it..imagine yourself standing in the middle of the room like a fool and you’ll have a good laugh about it

  2. Comment by ardeth — December 24, 2009 @ 1:31 am

    i think that was a good piece of advice. Thank you.

  3. Comment by Ari AKA BoB — April 13, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    Nice, this helped me with my self-management project, THNX!!!=D

  4. Comment by George Chukwuebuka — August 27, 2010 @ 7:55 am

    May God bless wordpress and everyone who contributed in way to these positive inspirations.

  5. Comment by Dave Gillian — September 7, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    This is brilliant! Do nothing to fight laziness. It’s almost like a kind of reverse meditation.

  6. Comment by coral — October 30, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    I find doing nothing and thinking about worthless rubbish even more distracting from the task because if you arent doing anything you start thinking of all the things you could be doing and you notice things… in your room for example, like a sock on the floor so you pick it up then you have to start picking other things up and then you gotta tidy then hoover and stuff…ya know? I’m struggling with this so much, especially recently I just got back from holiday in Rome and I was meant to start working this week because it’s my last week off before things get really hectic at school so I wanted to get things done, out of the way, but I just keep doing worthless crap and then regretting it later and thinking, ok tomorrow I will be amazing, do it all, but I never do and in the meantime everyone is over achieving when I’m barely doing the minimum and I keep thinking of new things I have to do and it piles up and I think I have sort of self destructive procrastinatory tendencies and here I am complaining on some blog which is trying to be helpful and whose author probably wont have time even to read this or help, and I need help.

  7. Comment by Maurits — May 16, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    @ coral.

    I am having a lot of problems with my own lack of motivation, energy etc. But for me I figured out another way. For me its easier to forbid myself certain things than to force myself to do certain things. So whenever I need to do something I forbid myself to do anything else. No matter what my head tells me. The only other thing I allow myself to do is to stand in the middle of the room. Just breathing no thinking. Just standing. No sitting no lying down. Thats my only point of rest. So I either get my shit done or just stand there wasting my day. Standing is alot more boring than doing what you have to. So thats how you may help yourself. Learn how to forbid yourself things and dont listen to that one voice that begs you to do something else.

  8. Comment by mind power — June 12, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    I like this standing in a doorway technique, it’s insanely simple, I’ll have to try it…if I can be bothered.

  9. Comment by anshdha — September 12, 2012 @ 4:31 am

    i hope it works for me…!!!

  10. Comment by Gen — May 6, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    I was too lazy to read this.

  11. Comment by Aonoush — May 28, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    You, and the person who wrote that article,,,, Know what you are talking about…

    I hope many will read this ,,,and take it for a spin!!

  12. Comment by jano — September 9, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    too lazy to read this…

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