This article is obviously intended for lazy professionals, for those for whom procrastination has become a religion despite themselves. Here are some tricks that don’t seem like much, but will probably save you time.
1. Get a journal
The first trick is a classic. You will tell me, it is not the agenda that will do the work for you, there is no miracle. Certainly… but it’s a must for the biggest bums. When you write down what you have to do during the day, it is a good way to commit yourself to respect what you have proposed, without falling into the temptations of laziness. It also allows you to be better organized, according to priority, urgent and secondary tasks. You can choose to use a traditional paper or electronic journal. There are even smartphone applications that allow you to have your calendar directly on your phone, such as the Do- application.
2. Use the magic rule of the quarter of an hour
The magic rule of the quarter of an hour is a very effective tool to combat laziness, even for the worst sloths. When you’re feeling lazy, when you can’t bring yourself to get your butt off the couch and get to work, it’s time to use the magic quarter hour. The concept is simple: since you can’t motivate yourself, decide to work only a quarter of an hour on your files. A quarter of an hour you can do it. To motivate yourself, you can even start a stopwatch!
But why would this quarter of an hour be magical? Well, because it brilliantly fools the sloths! In the worst case, you will have worked a quarter of an hour and it is already busy. In the best of cases, it will work much more than a quarter of an hour and that is what usually happens. Indeed, many times the most difficult thing is to break the bubble of laziness in which we lock ourselves up on certain days. Once his nose is in his files, he launches. The magic quarter of an hour is just what you need to find the necessary concentration and immerse yourself in your work. Try it, you’ll see!
3. Convey Focus Swirls
Some people don’t get down to business and stay focused because they are uncomfortable with silence. Remember, however, that silence is necessary and good for your health. But if despite everything you can’t stand being alone with silence, there are sounds with calming effects such as rain, wind or the crackling of a fireplace that will always be better than a television left on. Know that there are many Youtube channels where you will certainly find your happiness. We can, among others, mention the chains Dreamy Sound, New Bliss or Rainy Guy.
4. Set achievable goals
Laziness can also find its source in an unrealistic schedule, too busy for the allotted time. This is the best way to discourage yourself beforehand. It’s a bit like when you put too much on your plate, you know you’ll never finish and you don’t want to eat anymore (although…). Well good. Therefore, you must set achievable goals. Reduce the number of goals to achieve by dividing them over several days, months. Try and then adjust again if necessary, but do not overdo it. Also, don’t hesitate to take breaks, essential to work on your long-term goals without losing concentration.
Meditation is another formidable tool that will allow you to effectively combat laziness on a day-to-day basis. Even more so if you are particularly prone to incessant mental chatter. Meditation will put you in mental condition to start working. It is a gymnastics of the mind that calms anxiety and stress. Meditation is a true natural drug with no side effects that keeps your brain healthy, makes you happier and therefore more motivated! And this is scientifically proven. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at this report.
To try, you will easily find small tutorials on the net but you can also download one of the many meditation applications on your smartphone to enjoy a guided meditation, ideal for beginners. It consists of listening to a voice that gently guides you towards mindfulness meditation. For starters, you can, for example, meditate for 5 minutes a day when it’s time to go to work and you’re really lazy…
And you, how lazy are you on a scale of 1 to 10? Tell us in the comments.