6 Powerful Life Hacks You Need to Stop Being Lazy

Procrastination Part 2 — “What if you’re just lazy?”

{You can read the first procrastination post here: 5 Ways Overwhelmed Overthinkers Can Beat Procrastination}

Okay, here it is — the anti-procrastination post with real talk and tough love about getting things done when you just plain don’t feel like it. I am ONLY talking about when you’re not doing what you know you SHOULD do when you’re perfectly capable. It’s time to stop being lazy!

The laziness habit is literally sucking your life away. Stop being lazy and regain control of yourself, your home, and your life with these 7 anti-procrastination hacks -- you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with a daily plan, positive self-talk, and more tips to keep you moving instead of collapsing on the couch. Read more… #intentionalliving #productivity #toughlove #goaldigger #motivation #ftj #buildyourbestlifeYou need a clean house. You and your family need decent meals and clean clothes. You need to exercise to stay healthy. You need enough income to pay your bills, save for the future, and have some fun. You need to do all of this while working toward bigger goals that truly inspire you.

Let me just say, I firmly believe that if you’re in a relationship or have a family, everyone should do their part and ALL of these things should not fall on your shoulders. But sometimes they do. Or, maybe your smaller list of tasks still doesn’t appeal to you.

However, they’re still important, and you need to do them. Laziness is not good for you, and it’s definitely not a good habit to model for those around you.

This post is NOT discussing physical or mental issues that affect your ability to work. This is NOT an “it’s okay, some days you need to take a break” sort of post.

If you’re looking for a kinder, gentler post about beating procrastination, head over to read 5 Ways Overwhelmed Overthinkers Can Beat Procrastination.

Still with me and ready to stop being lazy? Awesome! Keep reading…  


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1 — Necessary Chores are NOT Negotiable

Hate doing dishes? Despise taking out the trash? So you just don’t do it? Or maybe you buy more socks and underwear because you forgot to do laundry?

Stop. that. behavior. right. now.

Seriously, if you keep on that path, you’re going to end up on one of those hoarders shows. The nasty ones. It makes me shudder to think about that happening to you.

Pick up Marla Cilley’s book “Sink Reflections” and get a handle on your house. You will feel SO much better about yourself — and far less guilty about catching an episode of your favorite show after the chores are finished.

 

2 — Use Positive Self-Talk

Stop calling yourself lazy! It only reinforces the idea and causes you to more easily accept inaction.

Instead, replace the negative self-talk with positive affirmations and motivational phrases.

 

Stop being lazy! Read more for motivation and tips to get your everyday household chores done AND stop procrastinating on those big life goals. #motivation #productivity #dailyplanning #goals #ftj #intentionalliving3 — Don’t Sit Down

The simple act of sitting on a squishy, comfy couch — especially with your phone “just to check” your social media accounts — sends a signal to your brain that you’re finished working. Just don’t even go there.

I know you’re tired after working all day. Or maybe you work from home and have a difficult project due, but you didn’t sleep well the night before. 

You know as well as I do that it’s all too easy to make those excuses every. single. day.

Keep moving and do SOMETHING simple and productive. It will kick-start your motivation and help you stop being lazy.  

 

4 — Make New Friends

You really do become like the people you choose to surround yourself with. Be very, very careful in your choices. One of the best things you can do is form friendships with “go-getters” and people who know how to get things done. This one step will change your life.

Observe those people. Learn what makes them tick. Imitate them. (But don’t just take — be sure to contribute to the friendship.)

Yes, it is difficult to pull back from long-term friendships you’ve had that may no longer serve you. And I’m not saying to drop friends SIMPLY because they aren’t super-achievers. But if you find you and your friends are enabling each other to blow off more and more essential or important tasks every day, then it’s time for a change.

If you’re a true introvert who can’t face making new friends, at least read about the people who are incredibly accomplished in the areas where you want to succeed. Listen to practical and motivational podcasts. Fill your mind with active alternatives to your current lazy habits.

 

5 — Turn Off the Television

I love a good Netflix binge as much as the next person, but let’s be honest… watching episode after episode of great TV does absolutely NOTHING to move you toward your goals. And you’re certainly not going to get your house cleaned or decluttered if you’re sitting on your butt.

Related post – Why Unplugging From Technology Will Make Your Life Better

 

The laziness habit is literally sucking your life away. Stop being lazy and regain control of yourself, your home, and your life with these 7 anti-procrastination hacks -- you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with a daily plan, positive self-talk, and more tips to keep you moving instead of collapsing on the couch. Read more…

6 — Turn On the Music

Your favorite ‘get moving’ music is fantastic motivation to get off the couch. It engages your internal rhythms, and pretty soon you almost can’t help yourself from moving instead of sitting like a slug.

If you need to work on a project, try listening to music that incorporates binaural beats. You can find several albums on Amazon Prime Music. (Amazon Prime Music is free to stream with your Amazon Prime subscription. For more selection and listening options, try a free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited.) You can also check out BrainFM.

Alternatively, if you need absolute quiet to work, get some high-quality earplugs or really good earmuffs. That way your mind can focus. Or maybe wander or work through problems without interruption while you’re doing something like cleaning.

 

BONUS TIP 7 — Schedule Your Day

First, schedule essential tasks — like cleaning, cooking and eating meals, laundry, etc.

Then, schedule important tasks that will help you live better and reach your goals — like exercise, family activities, reading, working on your business idea, etc.

Related post – Stop Thinking and Start Doing: A Goal Setting Starter Plan

Give yourself generous time blocks, but make sure you account for the entire day. That way you never have to think about what to do next — even if it’s a long lunch. When your scheduled time is up, move on to the next item.

Don’t skip essential tasks. If the next item on your list is “clean the bathroom” and you would much rather keep working on that fun financial spreadsheet you’re making — sorry, you need to get up and clean the bathroom! And don’t cheat by only scheduling things you like to do!

After a while, you will get faster at the tasks you don’t like, giving yourself more time and energy to tackle the tasks that will truly improve your life.

What’s Next?

Grab the printable anti-procrastination worksheet! Or you could also use a piece of blank paper. But I find I’m more likely to take action when I write things out on a form or worksheet that’s created specifically for that purpose.

What are your lazy times? Why are you laziest then? Is it the time of day — after work, etc. — or because you dread the task that needs to be done? What will you do to change your attitude or to get those tasks done anyway?

The worksheet will help you answer those questions and make a plan.

NOW — make sure you also print the Anti-Laziness List. Review the list and your worksheet plan every day and USE THEM so you can stop being lazy and start living a happier, better life without the constant guilt of unfinished tasks!

 


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9 thoughts on “6 Powerful Life Hacks You Need to Stop Being Lazy”

  1. This is a very useful article to help someone kicj their but and get going. As a home maker and mother, laziness is very easy to set in. Home chores take up a lot of energy and that’s the excuse we use to procastinate other important stuff. Thank you for this super useful post.

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