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How To Stop Being Lazy - Overcoming Procrastination

Updated on September 18, 2014

Overcoming Procrastination - How To Stop Being Lazy

When we talk about Overcoming Procrastination in reality, for many people, we are talking about How To Stop Being Lazy!

When we were young, we had so many plans. We'd always think about the limitless possibilities we'd have when we grow up. Then we go about playing, thinking that we have so much time ahead. We set those dreams aside and enjoy our youth to the fullest.

While this may be a healthy attitude, some people take relaxation to another level. They procrastinate and set their planning to another day until that day comes too late.

They suddenly find themselves already grown up with no clear direction in their lives. They still depend on their parents for financial support even when moving out of the house is way overdue.

They live in shame, but still don't find the initiative to do something about it. This is laziness in its most basic and blatant form.

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Overcoming Laziness and Winning

How To Stop Being Lazy

Most people are lazy because they don't know how to go about accomplishing their dreams. They paralyze themselves with an anger that's been turned inwards.

Sometimes, to overcome laziness, you must allow yourself to be the laziest person on earth. Give yourself some time off, about a week tops so that this too doesn't go on forever. Then, deprive yourself the comforts in life. Think about how things would be for you if you didn't have anyone to depend on.

Obviously, you won't have much to live with. Everything requires money: TV, electricity, and so on. Focus your attention to just being lazy and try to avoid contact with friends as much as possible.

Basically, you would be doing nothing but get bored out of your wits.

Of course, you must not mistake taking some time out as being lazy. Look at this as your chance to recuperate and get over all your fears and uncertainties.

Your body and mind work things out in ways you aren't always conscious of. When life gets too chaotic and confusing, you end up becoming traumatized and jaded. So, you need time to take a step back so that you can once again become the confident person you once were.

As you go about in becoming a hermit of some sort, imagine what your life would've been like if you had fulfilled all the dreams you once had. It helps to be realistic, of course. We all wanted to be superheroes when we were young.

That, of course, couldn't be further from reality. The point is, you just need to imagine and create a reality of your own. This sort of play produces your most creative spark. Document the details of your new life if you must. Whether you choose to draw, write, or record your story, know that this act can be very prophetic.

Overcoming laziness can be an extremely rewarding activity. You will realize that creative play is not just for children. Adults can take part in it as well and have just as much fun. You can be anyone you want in your imagination and you don't even have to worry about making mistakes.

The purpose of this activity is to inspire you to do more and to make plans that will help you achieve what you want. Step outside yourself and look inside. Who are you now? Do you have potential? You'll soon realize that you actually do.

Stop Making Excuses and Start Living With Energy - How To Stop Being Lazy

Ways to Stop Being Lazy - Beat Procrastination

No one wants to be miserable. You'd be crazy to ask for it! Ironically, some people put themselves in this awkward situation simply because they were lazy. So, how exactly does a person have to be to be considered lazy? Basically, these are people who have to depend on others to survive. These are fully functional human beings who can well fare for themselves but lack the desire to do so.

There are inseparable links between productivity and happiness, and work and prosperity. Fending for yourself is such a liberating experience. Knowing that you don't need others to survive gives you a feeling of power. That is why people look for careers that suit them, so that they have some means to support themselves and their wants. Yet you still find too many people who live without their earned pleasure.

Non-productive individuals usually resent productive people simply because they are often being reminded of what they could be if they only applied themselves. So, rather than modeling what they should be doing, they would rather destroy what others have earned as some sort of defense mechanism. Laziness is the abdication of self responsibility. You just cannot live, prosper, and be happy if you give very little effort in everything you do. They lose so much in their lives and the loss them to attack the values of the hardworking individuals.

The lazy person has to create their own twisted delusions of self worth by constantly usurping the values rightly earned by others. The misery comes when they realize that they can never live on their own. Laziness is a social ill. But this is easily cured just by letting that person realize that there is nothing in store for them tomorrow. Their future is as bleak as the cloudy skies during a wild storm. They must realize that productivity is the building block for their very own prosperity and happiness.

Having goals and taking action will bring you a happy and prosperous life. Some have been procrastinating for years. Some even think that they are actually more productive when they wait to the last minute. That may be true in some cases, but at the end of the day, better planning and time management is still more effective no matter what they say.

If you are lazy and find yourself procrastinating often, the first step to solving the problem is to admit that you do have one. Acknowledge your desire to solve the issue and do what it takes to overcome your current situation.

Think of a way to leverage your best interest in favor of getting the task done. Offer yourself a reward if you must. Having an incentive may inspire you to push further. After all, immediate gratification seems to work wonders as a motivator. When a task is overwhelming, try to break it down into smaller jobs so that everything will seem more doable. Then get organized and practice time management. Set a schedule and stick with it. And if you fall back into the same habit, learn to forgive yourself and get back on the wagon. You can do it. All you need to do is believe in yourself.

Beating Procrastination

A Reflective Exercise For The Procrastinator

I slay procrastination with my unstoppable mental strength.

Procrastination knows that my door is closed for business. I know my responsibilities and I pride myself on getting them done in a timely manner. Procrastination is for the weak minded, and I am a mental ninja!

Each night before bed, I take inventory of my to-do list for the next day and I fine-tune any discrepancies that may arise. I thrive on order. This allows me to wake up the next morning feeling fully refreshed and worry-free.

Because I mentally prepare for the next day before it even begins, it is unlikely that I am surprised with an urgent errand or project.

In essence, the practice of warding off procrastination is much like laying my clothes out for school the night before when I was a kid. Starting the night before, I am ready for the next day.

When my day runs efficiently, I feel satisfied. Fighting procrastination truly allows me to take full control over my valuable time.

I must admit that sometimes I do feel like giving into the temptation to procrastinate, especially if I am dreading the task at hand. But I fight off the urge to put things off and instead remind myself of my priorities. I value myself far too much to allow my schedule to be in disarray!

Today, I am proud that I have the mental strength to leave procrastination in the dust. It feels fabulous to go about my daily life free from worry about loose ends.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Do I often fall prey to procrastination because I am addicted to a habit (such as online gaming, alcohol, or television)?

2. Do I create a to-do list to keep track of my daily progress on tasks?

3. Am I able to stay focused on the task at hand for prolonged periods of time?

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Do You Have Problems Overcoming Procrastination? - How To Stop Being Lazy

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      pkmcr 2 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @JanienceTobey thanks for the kind comment Janiece and you are absolutely right!

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      JanieceTobey 2 years ago

      I think that sometimes the biggest thing that holds us back from accomplishing our dreams is fear. Fear can appear as laziness, as it stops us from taking action. This sounds like an excellent book!

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      HypnoTrance 3 years ago

      great tips and selection of resources

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I go through spurts of activity and inactivity. Some of these ideas seem like they'll work though.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I can't answer this right now. I will come back later when I am more in the mood to think about it. :-)

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