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5 Smart Actionable Tips to Overcome Laziness

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5 Smart Actionable Tips to Overcome Laziness

Do you read laziness memes and find them relevant? Do you feel like all the funny comics about procrastination are written for you? Do you always postpone work?

“Lazy people are always eager to be doing something.”

-French Proverb

If your answer is yes to any of these or all of these (let’s be real here!) questions, then you know that you should get over this habit of yours. Tell me how many times have you thought about doing something about it. Tell me how many times have you postponed your “how-to-not-postpone-work” strategy.

“A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he starts out, has condemned himself to second-rate thoughts, and to second-rate friends.”

-Cyril Connolly

It is surely more than the times you could count. I have been in the same place, and I know how much it can add to the stress when the work keeps piling on. I tried tons of things to learn how to be productive and not busy so that I still had time to myself but also got work done. A lot of the strategies is what I still use.

Trust me; once you stick with the changes you make, it gets easier. Using productivity tools, strategic breaks, and even a reward system can help you stop sitting on your ass and actually make something happen.

Here are some tried, tested, and sworn by techniques to overcome laziness.

1. Start Small

5 Smart Actionable Tips to Overcome Laziness

Starting is the most difficult step. Once you start, your work will flow with the momentum, but how do you start?

In the beginning, start by envisioning a really insignificant amount of work that doesn’t take much time. Suppose you have to write a 10-page report. A 10-page report might make you feel like not doing it, but what if it was a one-page report? Would you keep dropping it as much as the 10-page report? Probably not.

Aim to do only a page, and then you can continue watching Netflix or playing games. When you convince your mind that you have to write just one page, it is easier to get on with it. Once you start, the flow of the work gets you to work more than the intended one page.

Starting small is a great way to get that initial push to begin the work you have been putting off. It’s only about opening the laptop in the beginning. Do the most difficult task that triggers laziness and then you have not much to worry about.

2. Start with the most important task each day

Talking about the most difficult things or most important things – I know how much the thought of a difficult task hanging over your head can make you feel stressed out. The important work gets put off a lot because we want it to be perfect or do a good job at it.

“Towards evening the lazy person begins to get busy.”

-German Proverb

But putting the work off often keeps the work poking our minds. The shadow of that task overpowers all the other work you need to do. For this to not happen, you should begin each day by working on tasks such as the ones we are talking about.

When you begin your day, the chances of you wanting to not do anything are lesser compared to the remaining day. Use the energy and positivity of the morning to tackle the most difficult work you have. When you tackle that, the mindset of getting things done is carried throughout the day. That mindset can help you not put off other works and also help you stop being lazy.

3. Break down big tasks into smaller tasks

5 Smart Actionable Tips to Overcome Laziness

When you look at a task as a whole, the thought of it can demotivate you. This is similar to the starting small point, but here we focus on breaking down the task into small manageable tasks.

Let’s take the same example of having to write a ten-page report. Now, report writing needs research, note-taking, planning, writing, citations, editing, proofreading, plagiarism checking, etc. These different aspects, when looked at as one thing, make the task of report writing, overwhelming.

“The lazier a man is, the more he plans to do tomorrow.”

-Norwegian Proverb

Start out by looking at them as separate tasks. Research is a task in its own. Work on that and don’t worry about the rest. When you are done with research, you can get on with the other step. When you actually look at smaller tasks as steps that will lead to the completion of your work, it becomes easier to take the first step.

4. Include breaks/lazy time into your work schedule

5 Smart Actionable Tips to Overcome Laziness

I have talked about this is many articles. If you are a regular reader, you know how much I endorse techniques that require you to take regular breaks in between work, especially the Pomodoro technique.

Being productive continuously is sort of a myth. Your brain needs a moment to breathe and so do you. By using a technique that makes sure that you get enough work done before you get a break, you are far more productive. Taking constant breaks makes the work not feel overwhelming which according to me is one of the leading reasons for people to be lazy.

Breaking down the hours make it seem less daunting. In the Pomodoro technique, you work for 25 minutes and then take a break of 5 minutes. When you do this four times, you get a bigger break of 15-30 minutes. If you can’t hold yourself accountable or don’t trust yourself to get back to work after your breaks, use timers or apps that help you follow it. There are a lot of apps based around the idea of work/break productivity. I use Be Focused on my Mac. It integrates a task manager along with a timer that you can customize.

5. Set Rewards

When we were little, our mothers bribed us to do our homework by allowing us to go outside only if we finished our homework. It was sort of a restriction too but worked mostly like a bribe. Use that same ideology. No matter how old we are, we love rewards.

Rewards are a sure way of getting work done. It is a sweet driving force. When you can see something for yourself in the end, you feel more motivated to complete the work. Say you want to watch a new episode of your favorite show, then use that as motivation.

Say to yourself that, “I can watch the episode after I finish writing two pages of this report.” Trust me; it works like a charm. This motivation is the most lucrative one to oneself. The thing you do in your lazy time is something you can use as a reward instead.

“Laziness erodes a person of his enthusiasm and energy. As a result, the person loses all opportunities and finally becomes dejected and frustrated. The worst thing is that he stops believing in himself.”

-Sam Veda

There are a lot of other things you can do, like reciting affirmations, learning from the stories of successful people, thinking about the consequences of not doing your job, etc. but those won’t help you take actual steps. Taking actual steps is what our focus is here.

You can use the other techniques you read about to motivate yourself but don’t forget to actually get up and put those learnings into practice.



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5 Things About Self-Love That You Need To Know Right Now!

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Who is the first person that comes to your mind when you talk about love? Is it your family, a friend, or your significant other? But, what about you? Self-love is important to lead a happy and healthy life in a world that keeps growing stressful and demanding by the day. However, this concept is often overlooked and misunderstood. So, here are the 5 most important things that you should know about self-love.

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5 Most Important Things About Self-Love

1. Self-Love Cannot Be Attained Overnight

When you’ve lived a major portion of your life disregarding your needs and value, then giving yourself the care and love that you deserve might take some time. Just like loving others, loving yourself is like a journey and a consistent process. Also, don’t overemphasize your flaws. All humans have flaws and those flaws are what make you humane and unique.

2. Self-Love is Important to Practice

Practicing self-love will inculcate a better mindset that opens more doors for you to give and receive love. According to psychologists, creating a healthy relationship, full of care and understanding, with yourself will help you form the same kind of relationship with others as well. Also, maintaining healthy boundaries is very important too.

3. Finding the Sources to Heal Is Difficult

If you are in the process of healing and are taking the necessary steps to heal, then you should be proud of yourself. Healing takes time, is quite complex, and is not that easy. Becoming overwhelmed during the process is normal and while you do become so, know that you’re not alone. Digging deep into past wounds or even reoccurring ones could be quite overwhelming.

It might be tempting to keep pushing but remember that self-love also includes acknowledging your boundaries. So, you need to step back from healing for a bit when it becomes too much to handle.

4. Give Permission to Be Compassionate Towards Yourself

One of the biggest sources of strength is being able to be kind towards yourself in life. Society makes us blame ourselves when things go wrong. As a result, time and again we make ourselves believe that we aren’t good enough or qualified enough. Rather, we should try to objectively examine the situation.

Suppressing yourself for the sake of others could be brutal towards your self-esteem. You need to consciously accept that you deserve understanding and kindness. And while you do that, your self-esteem and confidence will keep growing.

5. Do What Your Heart Asks You To

Have you ever felt as if you have to do something because others were pressurizing you to? Committing to something you don’t want to such as taking a certain career path that you don’t like could be dangerous. This might seem to resolve differences with others for a short while, it might leave you unfulfilled later on.

Loving yourself also includes allowing yourself the right to follow your own dreams and desires regardless of what others might say. That will make you happy and fulfilled.

Final Thoughts

Self-love could also seem difficult at times. It does what is best for you and you might not feel excited about it all the time. For example, sleeping early because tomorrow is an important day or not meeting your friends because you have to finish an assignment. Setting down and respecting your own boundaries is a great thing.

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Ways to set up a Home Office

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Day 1: ‘I am feeling lethargic today, maybe I’ll take rest for a while and resume after a few hours’

Day 2: ‘Don’t feel like working today’

Day 3:  ‘Work from home is not productive at all! It was better when we could function in office’

Have you been experiencing this for the last few months? 

Work from home can get boring and unproductive real quick and with changing times, this could be something companies resort to permanently.

So what’s the solution to not lose your work drive and keep working to your contentment?

Why not change your home workspace into a professional setting that gives you somewhat similar vibes as your in-office environment!

Wondering how?

Well, read on! 

To transform a small part of your house can be tedious but if the thought of strategically, can complement it well enough.

First things first – visualize how office spaces are built, most importantly the area where you used to sit in for hours and hours.

Got an idea? Now all you have to do is structure that into a smaller carpet area.

Decide on a location thereafter – where in the house do you want to set up your office. Make sure to be very particular when considering this because this has a major role in determining work focus and concentration. A corner, an entire room or just dividing the room into workspace and home is all to you and your comfort.

Usually, it is recommended to be in a remote area (like away from the kitchen) so to block any unnecessary noise.

Another thing to be cautious about is the amount of light that your chosen location has. With no proper lighting, the strain will increase and you might find it difficult to keep going.

What do companies do after building the space? 

They settle on what furniture and equipment will be required to commence the activity.

Similarly, select your desk and chair wisely. You will want to need a chair that isn’t too hard nor is it too soft.

Too hard could make your back hurt and too soft can cause you to sit in a wrong position that’ll ultimately result in a backache. Ideally, a rolling chair is recommended because it’ll give you movement and comfort at the same time.

Coming to the size of your desk, it depends on if you want a longer one or a short desk would suffice. However, make sure that the workplace doesn’t look and feel too clustered because then your efficiency is what can be affected. Along with the size of the desk, it’s shaping also is equally significant. L-shaped, T-shaped or U-shaped or any other shape, that will look chic and be the perfect match to your location – judge appropriately.

While you are at it, keep in mind to place your desk in front of some view that will soothe your eyes. A pleasant scenery to look at acts as a relaxing tool for the mind and the eyes, giving you the refreshment you need during the job hours.

Have you noticed how your in-office cabin looked hassle-free and clean? That’s what exactly you want in your home office too, trust me. Wires tangled and plug loosely attached will definitely distract you and come in the way of smooth operation. So to avoid this, make sure you’ve proper connection and sockets for keeping your wires and plugs out of the way.

Moving continuously to fetch files and other important things can turn out to be time-wasting. To not lose out on productivity, you could have cabinets and drawers made around your desk or within the same area as is your workspace.

The office is not about just desk-work. There are visits and meetings and conferences too. Therefore, having an area dedicated to client meetings is necessary. Though if you feel that this is something that can be done without, it’s entirely your call.

Sitting in one place for about 8-9 hours every day can be monotonous. What can be worse is when the same to you sit in is bland and plain – just like a hospital ward. I am sure you don’t like that and certainly wouldn’t want your workplace to emulate the same!

Hence, decorate and paint!

Make your room look green to calm you or fill it with colors to keep you fresh, bright, and awake the entire day. If you didn’t know, colors very much influence your emotions.

Like I had mentioned before, changing interiors can be tedious but if strategically done, it can complement your home well enough. Considering that, you could design and decorate your home office according to your house and it’s color combinations. This will not only not erupt your interior but also make you feel safe and congenial making it easier for you to work.

In the end, whatever you read or see, go by what you feel is right and appropriate for your house and your surroundings. Do not place anything that isn’t required or is unnecessary and just keeps adding up your budget.

In an attempt to make your home office beautiful and classy, remember to not walk off the money line. Setting a workplace at home can be expensive but if done well within the monetary limit, you are sure to get elegant and reasonable decor.

What?

Are you still reading? 

Go!  It’s time you start planning because you never know when offices might open up and you may be required to step out of your lazy workdays.

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The Pressure of this Epidemic: Should we take it Slow or Get your Productivity Game on

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The race has begun, the race of life doesn’t stop even during quarantine or lockdown. It still continues when an epidemic is on the loose. Students all across were expected to continue working, office resumed productivity, and homemakers had it worse as their routine doubled. 

Opening social media, flooded with images, videos and posts of people baking, drawing, learning a new instrumentlearning new wilderness survival skills and working out, seems to be filled with energy. You look and you browse and you want to be filled with those emotions as those celebrities, friends, or influencers who seem to have figured a way to keep pushing through this pandemic. You imagine and daydream about a banana bread recipe you should try or that hype around the Dalgona coffee. You feel a sense of distance and anxiety, a fear of missing out. So you try, you try to push yourself, install tik-tok, and practice a common dance routine, decide to post it to establish that you are doing something too, you aren’t just lying around. There is this common unquestioned idea that when you are free and have time on your hand you should continue working, never waste time by just sitting down, or watching a show relaxing. This notion has been instilled and we as individuals are conditioned to feel that if you aren’t doing anything in your free time you are wasting time, not getting ahead in the horse race of this world. But, in lockdown and the current situation is tiring to comprehend. A state of panic and anxiety of the future, the fear of the virus and the death tools, fear of the contention of the world around. In all this, you feel obligated to be motivated and productive. To show that you have some value attributed to yourself even during a lockdown. 

Productivity is often measured by documenting and showcases it to other people. In this day and age where social media has taken over our lives, where everyone posts their lives online to show what they are up to. It helps take your mind off things, keeps you engaged. Not everyone needs to cope with the pandemic the same way, the hustle has been romanticized by capitalist society. Where one has to keep on their toes. So many of us have received links, or advertisements to push us into starting something new. Not many people talk about how it is okay to just not do anything and take it slow. Not realizing that the conventional definition of being busy doesn’t necessarily have to be productive in nature. Our time has become monetized, every passing minute one has to do something, 

When one is taking it slow and not pushing themselves into burning out they too are being productive. This can be said because they are introspective and reflecting upon themselves. Working towards rebuilding by taking it slow, relaxing as the times are tough. Lockdowns make one feel trapped as you have no social contact. One starts to feel the need for validation and added value to themselves. This is obtained by documenting and showing their productivity on social media. The competition to show how busy you are and how you have coped with this pandemic, but in reality, many are struggling. There has been an increase in problems like insomnia, backaches, headaches, feeling nauseated, and eventually leading to burnout. With the increasing fear and uncertainty about our future, there needs to be a period to pause and retrospect. It is completely acceptable to take your time off, as that too is a form of productivity for yourself. The idea that physical work attributes to your productivity levels is a notion that makes one forget about themselves. Taking care of yourself and taking the time off thinking and just take it one day at a time. The pandemic has led to work from home bases for both students and working individuals. Hence with the effect of the pandemic and the working situation, this pressure to be productive is an added factor for them to feel demotivated and isolated further. Apart from that parents and homemakers, have been burning out and need a means to just relax and have time off for themselves away from societal pressure. 

Final Thoughts 

Social media is a great tool to feel connected to this pandemic, but with this, it also brings in the pressure of being at the same level as everyone. One starts to feel “if they can do it so can I”. The energy and exertion both mentally and physically are draining, the constant juggle, and trying to draw a line with your various social groups sitting from home. The pandemic adds extra responsibility, in terms of taking care of your family, friends neighbors thinking about your work, and how to run your home. That is why with these added pressures you can decide for yourself what works best for you, being productive by following daily trends help you relax and cope with the situation then that is great. On the contrary, if you feel drained and are feeling extinguished from the pressure, then it is best to take it slow, relax as thinking, and working on yourself is a form of work too.

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