Laziness and procrastination are crucial concepts that determine our productivity. Many people struggle with these two concepts and have wasted countless hours of their lives on things that don’t matter that much.
My whole purpose in creating this article and this website, in general, is to help as many people as I can that struggle with laziness and procrastination. In the past, I was really desperate and I never imagined myself overcoming problems like these. Now I’m finally able to control my laziness and dedicate my whole undivided attention to help people that go through the same path as I was.
Starting my plan to eradicate laziness was probably the hardest part of my whole journey. This inspired me to create an effective 7-day plan that targets laziness which will surely help you overcome it.
A good starting point is to understand the basic concepts of laziness and procrastination.
Laziness is caused by bad habits and procrastination is considered to be the new face of resistance. Those bad habits are caused by having no purpose in life, while the resistance is caused by our fears and negative feelings.
Your primary goal for day one is to discover your interests and what makes you happy. Create a list of what made you happy in the past and try to visualize yourself doing it. With this method, you can efficiently determine your purpose in life and instantly reduce your laziness.
Now when we talk about procrastination we have to mention 3 important words that glorify our resistance towards things and those are: should, must, or a need. It might sound complicated but it’s not. When you make an activity a should, a must, or a need, it instantly makes your brain avoid them even more than before.
For example, If you say “I have to finish this paper because it’s really important for my job” you give orders to your brain and that creates negative feelings. Our brains are programmed to ignore orders because too much of a need creates resistance.
Understanding the basic concepts is crucial for the first day because it lays the foundation for our mindset which will enable us to make more progress in the next few days.
The main goal for day two is to find ways to reduce your procrastination. As we already mentioned, our brain hates orders.
A simple way to avoid procrastination is to give yourself a choice. It doesn’t matter how important that task is you should always have a choice where you can say no.
The reason I am saying this is because the more you resist your procrastination the bigger it is.
You are in a cycle of resistance, where you just go down and down. The next day that procrastination increases and it continues until you decide to break that cycle.
Allow yourself to feel that resistance from procrastination. Once you stop running away from it, you will realize it’s not as bad as you think. Accept that feeling of procrastination and you will see a drastic improvement.
On day three we start our mornings with the Sedona Method. The Sedona Method is a powerful technique that we can use to accept our negative feelings.
The Sedona Method is a proven way to overcome many problems with emotions, not just procrastination. If you are new to this technique, the Sedona Method consists of a series of questions you can ask yourself.
Those four simple questions are:
1. Could I welcome what I’m feeling?
2. Could I let this feeling go?
3. Would I let this feeling go?
On day four, you need to focus on the long-term laziness and its consequences. Many people struggle with the reoccurrence of laziness and don’t know how to find a long term solution.
People that have established a purpose, goals, and meaning in their lives, don’t struggle with laziness at all. For them being lazy means losing precious time.
If you have no goals and purpose in life, everything else that is left for you to do is to be lazy. Simple as that.
Dedicate this whole day to find the things that really mean something in your life. That way you can effectively eradicate long term laziness and at the same time, you will find a purpose for your life.
On day five we take action. Make a list of things that give you the feeling of resistance and procrastination.
It can be anything like doing the taxes, going to the gym, talking to your crush, etc.. and then we go out and start them. As we already mentioned, starting is the hardest part of any action.
If you have real difficulties with taking action, first visualize yourself doing this activity. If you create a mental image of yourself doing something important then it is a lot easier to begin with that certain activity.
The most important thing is to not pressure yourself and do the work whenever you want and how you want.
Day six might be the hardest one yet. These drastic changes you are making to your life can really backfire on you.
That is why I recommend taking a break on day six. It’s pretty natural to feel laziness and resistance. Whenever you feel lazy just accept that feeling for a while. Don’t instantly resist every negative feeling, because if you do, you are giving it more power.
What’s really important to remember is to baby step the changes you are making into your life. Slowly but surely build your mindset that promises success.
On day seven we are gonna focus on creating healthy habits that are great for lazy people and procrastinators.
Once we set our mindset using the techniques I already showed you, it’s time to implement those techniques in our daily lives.
Every habit starts with a some kind of repetitive act. For a start, 15 minutes of doing really hard tasks is enough.
What’s important is to repeat that behavior for at least 2 weeks. Suddenly you will feel that 15 minutes is being too easy, so you increase it to 30 minutes.
On day seven create a schedule for the next 2 weeks that has tasks you have been avoiding them for months. In order to release the pressure from yourself, just start those activities and you don’t even have to finish them.
Our goal is to create long-term habits, not to be a super productive robot. Baby step everything you are doing and you will see results.