We push ourselves by fighting our laziness. I thought of tracking my own process of what has worked for me. I guess you will relate to my blog since inherently we all are lazy. This list isn’t complete, but just some ideas on what has worked for me:
- Online movies – Yes – Netflix! This is a big one for me. I can go to my favorite online movie site or youtube and get lost for an hour or two. Or more if I hit on something that really fascinates me.
What has worked for me: To overcome this, I try to remember to pause … and often get up and walk around, and realize that I’ve gotten lost again. Then I’ll clear my screen and just have one thing in front of me, and try to stick with that until I’m done. I don’t always succeed, but when I remember to do this it works very well.
- Too many task to do – I have loads of things to do. Thinking about it makes me feel helpless and paranoid. Sometimes I can’t get it all done.
What has worked for me: Right now, you can do one thing. So when I’m overwhelmed, again, I’ll clear everything, and make a list of 1-3 things I need to do most right now. Yes, sometimes the list is just one thing, because that helps me focus and not feel overwhelmed. (I am not a fan of multitasking).
- No energy – This is a huge one, bigger than we think. Most of the time ‘We’ run out of energy. When you are low on energy and you just don’t feel like working on anything hard. You can’t focus and you have a hard time pushing through.
What has worked for me: Either I give myself a break or I push through and do the hard stuff. Just because we don’t feel like doing something hard doesn’t mean we should skip it.
- Lack of discipline – This is usually the result of being in handling too many things and not wanting to start on something. You tell yourself you’re going to do something, but then you don’t.
What has worked for me: I forgive myself for messing up, and instead I try to be mindful about what’s going on. Too many task at hand? Not inspired by this project? Instead of the general “I lack discipline” diagnosis, I try to find a more specific problem, and then address it. And then get to work.