23, 08, 2016

4 Ways to Get Over Laziness and Have a Productive Day

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People seem to think that I have my life together. I get questions from friends and family all of the time about being productive.

How do you stay so organized?

How do you get so much done?

How are you so disciplined?

All the while I’m thinking, “do you know me?” Honestly, I struggle with all of those things. Each day is a battle to get over my tendency to do nothing and to get to work. However, there are a few tricks I’ve picked up to help me get my life together. Here are four things that I do when I need to stop being lazy and start being productive.

Make a List

When I’m feeling lazy and I know that I have things that need to be done, the first thing I do is make a list. I write every task that needs to be done and their deadlines. A list helps me to physically see that I have a lot of work to do and a lot of work due soon. I don’t know about you, but seeing how much I have to do is the a quick vacation buzz kill. It instantly snaps me back to my senses and reminds me that I can’t afford to be lazy today.

Seeing all of my responsibilities can also make me feel overwhelmed, so I structure the list in a way that helps me to manage that feeling and focus on one task at a time.

      • I grab a journal or planner like the ones below.
      • I write out all of the tasks that I want to complete that day (sometimes including deadlines).
      • I order the list from most to least important. If I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just write numbers by each task (1 for most important). However, the method works better when I rewrite the entire to-do list in it’s new order.
      • I cover up all of the tasks but the one that I’m currently working on.

Take a Break or a Nap

Sometimes it is easier and more beneficial to give into the distractions and take a break. Me personally, I prefer naps. Either way, it’s helpful to walk away from what I’m doing (actually, not really doing) and rest for a few minutes. The mini mental vacation gives me an opportunity to ease my mind and energizes me to continue on with the day.

My boss recently turned me on to the art of the 30-minute nap. Studies show that this type of short nap can give you a burst of alertness and energy. I’m not going to lie to you, I did not believe the hype at first. But it really works! I tried it out for a few days and it really helped. Now I take a 30-minute nap daily.

Listen to Something Inspiring

I find that when I listen to a successful entrepreneur, I am instantly motivated to get stuff done! When I’m feeling lazy, I listen to a podcast, radio interview, YouTube video or live broadcast by someone successful. Hearing them talk about the work it takes to get to their level of success inspires me to work harder and check things off my to-do list. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Just Do It

If all else fails, it’s because I just need to sit down and get the work done. I’m not exhausted, I’m not bored, I’m not uninspired, I’m just being lazy for the sake of being lazy. This is a no no! During these moments, I say to myself, “look here little girl, stop playing and get to work.”

 

 

Photo by: Neosha G. 


2 responses to “4 Ways to Get Over Laziness and Have a Productive Day”

  1. vecoya says:

    Great tips! I LOVE Myleik’s podcasts they are so inspiring and uplifting #BLMgirl

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