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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 3 years ago from Cheshire UK

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

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      JanieceTobey 3 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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      geosum 3 years ago

      Great lens! I spend too much time sitting around. Guess I'll go to the gym and work out for a while.

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      blestman lm 3 years ago

      My procrastination definitely comes from being addicted to online games. That is why I had to install software that only allows a few minutes of goofing off. Thanks for a great lens

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      I feel like this lens was written about me! Thanks for kicking my butt.

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      Invoiceberry 4 years ago from London

      Well, we think that the best way to avoid procrastination is to have high aims that you really want to achieve :) Then nothing can stop you...

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I'll get around to not procrastinating eventually.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a perfect plan to stop laziness. I am a very lazy person and need to stop. Thank you.

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Ah, you've hit the nail on the head! There are some days, I realize I've put more effort into being lazy and putting things off than the task itself would have required! Good inspiration, here, for turning around lazy behavior!

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      sapientzeal lm 4 years ago

      Great ideas to overcome procrastination!

      -SZ

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      A really good read - thank you.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Me and procrastination are sort of off and on buds. I do find that have achievable goals, jobs broken down into doable daily actions, helps me keep the dragon at bay.

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      vinopete 4 years ago

      This will help me to create many more lenses this year. Thanks!

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      DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      Procrastination has been a part of human nature. We just have to know our priorities in life. I like what you did here! Nice lens.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great tips and i think meditation is one of the great ways for reducing laziness :)

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      dwindhaus lm 4 years ago

      It is very easy to get into the frame of mind to put off until another time. It takes willpower to finally say enough is enough.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some really great ideas. I think that I will start to implement some of these ideas tomorrow.

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      Moon929 4 years ago

      I saw the listing of recommended reading and will take a look at Evernote. I have it, but really haven't worked with it. It may be another tool to help in the ongoing process of becoming more effective and less overwhelmed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some people are just stuck in a rut. But you gotta stay motivated and see positive even though you don't feel like it.

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      antiprocrastination 4 years ago

      Time management is a good way of life. For every productive member of society, that is.

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      DentalTalk 4 years ago

      Lists are definitely a great way to stay active. I have now switched from the pen and paper to the online services. Great way to keep you on task.

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      ReesMarketing 4 years ago

      I suffer from depression and it is not easy to do the most simple tasks.

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      Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

      I make daily lists for my work so I know what needs doing and when. It's my personal tasks I have trouble with.

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      daisychainsaw lm 4 years ago

      I do struggle with procrastination I must admit; and being self-employed I need to overcome this. I find being organised and making to-do lists helps, and so does your lens thanks!

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      TheCandle LM 4 years ago

      I'm not really a procrastinator, but I do find that I do my best work under pressure, which means I have to be pushed towards a deadline. Thanks for the info!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      My husband needs to read this soooooooooooo badly. Thanks.

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      nanafisher 4 years ago

      I am just in a rut

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      jeremylangstead 4 years ago

      What helps overcome procrastination for me is taking life a little less seriously. Most people become so overwhelmed with the day to day tasks of life that they end up feeling frustrated and thus not getting anything done. I like to treat life as a game. I give myself points for each key task that I complete each day and reward myself when I reach my points target.

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      john9229 4 years ago

      Okay. I've lazy habits, sometimes..:-)

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      dingbat1932 4 years ago

      Great lens, now back to sleep! er..... I mean work.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was not a procrastinator in my younger years but unfortunately, the older I get, the more I seem to procrastinate. If I make my To Do List each morning and check off as I go, I do much better. Happy Birthday!

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      artdivision1 lm 4 years ago

      Great poem, great lens. Now back to work!

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      pyngthyngs 4 years ago

      @MBradley McCauley: What an amazingly perfect poem for this lens!!

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      JeromyS7 4 years ago

      This is so the challenge, we talk and talk, gonna do this or that, but never get around to it, always an excuse. I love watching my kids grow up, they don't understand the concept of putting anything off, they think it, then do it.

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      MBradley McCauley 4 years ago

      I wrote this in the 60's when I had five kids under 7.

      Procrastination, you thief of time,

      Stop trying to be a friend of mine.

      Procrastination, you crook of deeds

      Stop keeping me from my family's needs.

      Procrastination, get out of my home

      It took me six months, to type this poem.

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      JustDotDotDot LM 4 years ago

      I'm liking this lens. I need to learn to be proactive when working at home. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You've hit the nail on the head; procrastination is really laziness. Thanks for sharing this lens with us.

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      TheFreeLife 4 years ago

      Nice one Paul! I've found the best way to stop being lazy is to create a To-Do List for the following day before you go to bed. A list that has both work related tasks and fun related tasks. So when you wake up you have a blueprint laid out on how to have the best possible day! Again, love this lens topic!

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      candy47 4 years ago

      This lens deserves a Purple Star! I'll read it later, honest I will :)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      This is a topic I'm sure a lot of us self-employed web writers contend with, Paul! You put some good stuff there! There's another book that I reviewed for the publisher last year, "The Procrastination Cure," that you can find on Amazon to add to the collection as well...

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Nice to see the Purple Star on this lens! Added some angel dust. Now if I read all these books will I stop procrastinating about writing a new lens myself???

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      paulgrossman 4 years ago

      I find that at times, I got so overwhelmed with all of the things going on that I ironically procrastinate a bunch of them. I know I have to get better with time management and some of your recommended books are great starting points...So thank you!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Although I do tend to procrastinate, things do get done. Off to the gym now!

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      David-N 4 years ago

      I was going to write a witty comment but know I think I'll do it later :( Nice lens.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I think I am the opposite, too many things always on the go that nothing is ever finished, maybe I need advice on time management and goal setting?

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      jamesyd lm 4 years ago

      laziness is something i'm trying to break away from, great lens!

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      DRSandAssociate1 5 years ago

      Very cool, procrastination can be our worst enemy!

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      Palomina 5 years ago

      wow this is really cool.am making a few changes in my life and this has been so helpful.Thanx

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Inspiring advice for overcoming procrastination and laziness. I love the idea of making time to explore and create and the use of affirmations. Very useful recommendations!

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      Sound advice. I don't think that I'm a lazy person - but I do have periods where I can be lazy for a short time.

      Thanks for the tips.

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      Freestuffer LM 5 years ago

      Having inspirations and maybe motivation can help cure them. :D

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      The technique of being really lazy for a week seems like it might work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm thankful for the great advice :)

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      good material about procrastination for me to use -- I am quite lazy by nature. Thanks and blessed!

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      shashikantdabral 5 years ago

      Making short terms plans and rewarding self after every achievement works.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      great advises about How To Stop Being Lazy, i really need them.

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      ConspiracyTheor 5 years ago

      I really do struggle with keeping focused and motivated - some great reading here though :)

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      SquidooPolice 5 years ago

      I was going to comment with a joke and then realized that 4 people before have done the same thing.

      I'm breaking the mold here.

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      BundleOfJoyMate 5 years ago

      I should stop procrastinating by shutting down this page and get to work! :p

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      Mystico 5 years ago

      Well, I was going to wait and read this lens tomorrow ... but here I am.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Blessed Brillant lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I put off doing work by reading this, thank you!

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      eightieschild 5 years ago

      I put off reading this lens for ages, that's how good I am at procrastination! ;)

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      I do agree we need to control procrastination. But I think it might be distraction rather than laziness. At least in my case.

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      craftycollector 5 years ago

      Great advice

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      moralblogger lm 5 years ago

      Procrastination....My inner failure! I find it's easy to do nothing when things are not going right in my life, and then it's hard to get motivated...but when things are going well, the procrastination is replaced by enthusiam and things get done.

      (Note to self: Must do things well)

      Nice lens...thanks!

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      krior76 5 years ago

      Sometimes I got bored on things I do so I shift to other things that are also on priority. I guess I do procrastinate in one thing and at the same time being productive to other thing.

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I procrastinate for lots of things but when it comes to writing, my passion, I seldom procrastinate. I guess it also depends on how much you really want to do something.

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      blancaverome 5 years ago

      I like to procrastinate from one task by working on another thing that needs to be done. You FEEL like you're procrastinating, but you're still being productive.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was curious to read the article but I'm to lazy to go through it. So I guess my laziness level is way too high. I'm already bored of writing this comment... argh..

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      chellemcquaid 5 years ago

      Great lens. I also find using one of my strengths is a great way to kick my motivation back into gear and stop procrastinating!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      You've right about feeling much better about myself if I've had an efficient day. I've found that working out first thing in the morning really helps keep me motivated and focused.

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      GuyB LM 5 years ago

      Cool lens-I'll finish reading it tomorrow

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      MarkSierra 5 years ago

      I'd really like to get over my procrastination. Maybe I'll start on that tomorrow. Kidding! Thanks for stopping by and liking my lens. :)

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      JonoAdams 5 years ago

      Good lens, wish I read this when I was younger. So much wasted time, you really appreciate how valuable time is when you're an old fellow like me. Thanks for sharing

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      BillyPilgrim LM 5 years ago

      Ha ha, I was going to comment earlier but I was too lazy... ;) x

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      gaser983 5 years ago

      I like your lens, nicely done!

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      SiegridRee 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You may want to consider getting a life coach or accountability partner. Someone who's job it is is to help you do something. If you have money, then hire someone, they are everywhere. If you don't have the money, then perhaps you need to try doing it on a barter system. Say, you get someone to help you with your goals, and then you turn around and help them with their goals.

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      Alex_Mathews 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!! I really enjoyed reading it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That's how I feel! I used to go out all the time and get things do now when ever I'm asked to go out I make up excuses then sleep instead!:/

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was very informative and well written. I don't like being lazy, sometimes I feel that I put things off because I am afraid of going out. I have anxiety when it comes to many things like driving or talking to people. I'm very bashful =( I'm afraid of many things outside my home and I wish I could get over this so I can just get things done.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Understand that motivation follows action. One of the biggest lies that lazy people believe is that they have to be motivated to do something. They think that motivation comes first. It doesn't. Action always has to come first, then the motivation comes. Also, exercise as much as possible. It will give you energy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I know exactly how to accomplish my goals and I know full well what the rewards would be but I still don't feel like doing anything. All I feel like doing is lying down. How can I light a fire under my butt?

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      Micheal_Shake 5 years ago

      Very well written lens, well done!

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      CHalloran LM 5 years ago

      Perfectionism or laziness could be two of the reasons why we are procrastinating but actually I believe the real causes is much deeper than that. I have recently read a book by Steven Pressfield, "The Art of War" and really loved his approach. He is talking about "resistance" in us being the real trigger of procrastination, cause of many addiction problems, anxiety, panic attacks etc. I am a chronic procrastinator. I can't say I am lazy in general, but I do suffer from some sort of ADHD. It is very easy for me to get sidetracked and lose concentration.

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      ocdformulas 5 years ago

      Thanks for the valuable information! Procrastination can be also associated with perfectionism. Some people engage to certain task and focus their attention to unimportant details instead of giving attention to the main objectives to accomplish their task.

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      3levels 5 years ago

      Procrastination is a much bigger issue than most people realize, especially among leaders. Thanks for creating this interesting lens.

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      stargoldteam12 5 years ago

      Great lens. I like it.......

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      GaryHollingsworth 5 years ago

      Learning to live procrastination free is a worthwhile process. There is no magic pill, but as this lens states- it takes time but it can be done.

      Great lens. I would recommend it to anyone

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I love learning how to better spend my time and get work done when I have the most energy in the day. Great tips and resources. Thanks

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Great tips and explanations to help us overcome procrastination. ~~Blessed~~

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Ezmerelda LM 5 years ago

      I really need to learn how to stop procrastinating. I'm procrastinating right now instead of starting a new lens! Thanks for the kick in the pants to get me going :)

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      Definitely procrastinating these days...

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      Bananamonkeys 5 years ago

      @Brandi Bush: The darkest hour always occur before success. Let's overcome procrastination now.

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      MarkHansen 5 years ago

      Sometimes you need to procarstinate to recharge your batteries.

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      I'm not sure if I'm lazy or working smart. :-) Nice work.