I can see how some people become couch potatoes, spending their lives sitting in front of the TV. It only takes one day of laziness and non-productivity and I’m hooked. And the longer I continue to be lazy and non-productive, the harder it gets to get my butt up off the couch and get back to work. It happens to everyone eventually, so how do you get over the laziness slump?
First, I think it’s important to understand what’s going on here. We all have days where we wake up and don’t feel like working. That’s only natural. Generally, we can force ourselves to sit down and get to work. It might take an extra cup of coffee, but we can do it.
Sometimes, though, you just need to take a break, and even that’s OK. Most of the time we get up the next morning, refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to hit the ol’ keyboard. So being lazy for one day doesn’t usually cause any harm.
However, sometimes when you take that “Lazy Day” it’s hard to get back to work. Maybe you missed a deadline or someone was counting on your for an answer to their email. Now, because you’re late, you’re that much more hesitant to get started again for fear you’ve angered that person who was relying on you.
You may even feel down or depressed, which makes it even harder to get back to work. Now, all you can focus on is the amount of work that piled up while you were taking that time off. You’re behind the eight ball and you’re too stressed to work today. Maybe tomorrow…
So, if you’re not careful, that little bit of laziness you indulged in can lead to a tremendous loss of productivity and a lot of problems.
How To Instantly Kill Laziness
Often, just getting started is the hardest part. It’s like visiting the gym for a work-out. Nobody likes climbing out of bed, bundling into the car, and driving off to the gym. You’d much rather stay in bed. But once you get there and get started all that laziness disappears and you feel energized. The same thing happens with blogging.
The next time you’re tempted to take a “Lazy Day” off, don’t. Sit down at your desk and tell yourself you’re going to work for 30 minutes without looking up. Then, set a timer. You can find an online timer at Egg Timer.
It’s just like forcing yourself to get out of bed and get to the gym. Once you set that timer and get started working on your blog that laziness will melt away, you’ll perk up, and you’ll be ready to dig in for another productive day.
How To Boost Productivity
When you do have to take one of those Lazy Days off, re-prioritize your list of Things-To-Do for the week. Don’t just move everything over to the next day because then you’ll have so much to do you’ll never accomplish it all. Don’t give yourself more than you can realistically handle in one day. Now, when you come back to your desk, you won’t feel so down or depressed because you’ll have a game plan firmly in place.