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How To Make Yourself Work When You Are Too Lazy

Sometimes we get lazy, and other times we just procrastinate. But life doesn't work that way. There will be deadlines, chores. errands, and exams that we have to deal with, even though we don't always want to. So, how do you accomplish these tasks when you 'don't feel like doing it'? Here are 5 simple steps for the laziest souls out there to get things done:

Ask why

Ask why
Ask why

'Why' is a very powerful word. We have written before on how to solve any problem effectively by asking 'why'five times. Similarly, if you don't feel like doing a task, then ask yourself two 'why' questions:

Why is it important that you do the particular task?

Why don't you feel like doing the task?

If you have no rational answer to the first question, then there is no point of proceeding further. On the other hand, if the answer to the first question is strong and compelling, then you must devote few minutes to figure out why you are finding it hard to do the task? Is it because you are too overwhelmed? Or you don't trust your capability to achieve the desired result? Answering these two questions are crucial.

Turn off distractions

Turn off distractions
Turn off distractions

Now that you have realized how important it is for you to accomplish this task, it's time to get it done. Turn off, or keep your phone away in a different room. If you are on a computer, go offline if possible. Additionally, get a bottle of water and some snacks, so that you won't be leaving your workspace to get them in the middle of work.

And most importantly, avoid direct human distractions. If you are at home, tell your family and friends not to disturb you. If you are at work, find an empty conference room for doing your work. In case that is not possible, have a pair of ear plugs or headphones plugged with you.

Find the simplest step

Find the simplest step
Find the simplest step

The best way to start working on a task that you hate is to find the short and most enjoyable step. Break the whole work into different chunks and look for the chunk that you can finish with ease. By doing this, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and will be able to carry forward with confidence, instead of getting overwhelmed by big and complicated tasks in the beginning itself.

Use Pomodoro Technique

Use Pomodoro Technique
Use Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro technique is a simple time management technique. To get started, you must have a pen and paper, and a timer. The timer can be a physical one or an app on your phone.

- Break down the task to chunk of 25-minute sub- tasks

- Set the timer for 25 minutes and work on the task distraction free. This is one 'Pomodoro'.

- Take 5 minutes break after each Pomodoro

- Take 30 minutes longer break once you finish 4 Pomodoro

Although it seems too simple, you must keep in mind the following rules. Once a Pomodoro is interrupted, you have to start a fresh new Pomodoro. And if the sub-tasks require times smaller than 25 minutes, then add more than one subtasks so that you have work for 25 minutes.

Forget the result, focus on the process

Forget the result, focus on the process
Forget the result, focus on the process

One of the major forces behind procrastination is perfectionism. Expecting a superficially high standard in results not only makes you perform poorly but also prevents you from even beginning the work. Importantly, understand that result is the final product of a series of tasks performed. If the steps leading towards a particular result is done right, then you will get a good result. So, focus on the process and not the result.

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