9 Strategies to Re-Energize When You Feel Lazy

Feeling lethargic and being lazy isn’t necessarily a negative behaviour

9 strategies to help you to re-energizeFeeling lethargic and being lazy isn’t necessarily a negative behaviour, it happens to the best of us at some stage or other, we just have to make sure that it doesn’t happen on too regular a basis. If it does being lazy too often has some huge downsides!

Laziness is the ultimate expression of passivity. When you let laziness become the norm, you’re not engaging with your life and you’re leaving the results to chance. So learning to move beyond the urge to be lazy is a useful skill.

Use these strategies to take back the helm and re-energize:

  1. Think small. The thought of taking on a big project can be overwhelming. It’s easy to trick yourself into feeling negatively about tackling the work at hand. Break big tasks into smaller bites and then keep your focus on that single task. Big projects are nothing more than several smaller, related tasks.
  1. Use a timer. The simple act of setting a timer for a specific period of time can provide the motivation and focus needed to re-energize. The use of a timer frees your mind. After all, you know when you can stop, even before you get started. A timer turns your work into a race, and races are exciting.
  2. Think long-term. Only focusing on the short-term is a common mistake. All the work comes first. The good stuff comes at the end. Look ahead and keep the long-term benefits in mind. This will motivate you to get started.
  3. Visualize the results you desire. Take the time to imagine yourself enthusiastically getting your work completed. We’ve all heard about the benefits of visualization, but few of us actually do it. Try it before starting a new project. Try it again when you feel laziness creeping into the picture.
  4. Avoid procrastinating. Procrastination is one manifestation of laziness. It’s true that getting started is the hardest part. Avoid thinking too much about the work at hand. Jump in and get started. You’ll find that continuing to work is much less challenging than getting started. Start quickly and you won’t have time to talk yourself out of it.
  5. Stick to a single task. Multi-tasking is distracting and overwhelming. The idea of dealing with multiple tasks is enough to trigger laziness. Stick to one task. When it’s complete, you can move on to another. It’s a much more relaxing way to get things done.
  6. Use self-talk to your advantage. Instead of coming up with excuses to justify being lazy, use the voice in your head to avoid laziness. It might take some time to reap the rewards, but effective self-talk and affirmations can have a positive impact Try repeating phrases like:
  • I avoid laziness and get things done.
  • Doing what needs to be done gets me closer to my goals.
  • I can be lazy after my work is completed.
  • I have control over myself. I use my time effectively.
  1. Get some rest. If you’re truly tired, rest might be the best medicine. Eat a healthy meal and get the rest you need. A little fresh air and some exercise might be beneficial, too. Make your physical health a priority. It’s easier to avoid laziness when you’re not exhausted.
  1. Consider the consequences. We often think about how much we don’t want to get busy, but we fail to consider the negative consequences of being lazy. Make a list of all the negative outcomes you’ll experience by being lazy. It might provide the motivation you need to become action oriented.

Overcoming laziness is a valuable skill. Having a plan for your day can help you avoid laziness. When your time isn’t planned, it’s much easier to waste time. Overcoming laziness becomes easier after each successful avoidance. You’ll soon discover the strategies that work for you. Avoid letting laziness derail your success and productivity.

Till next time

Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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18 thoughts on “9 Strategies to Re-Energize When You Feel Lazy

  1. Great tips as always Mike. I am guilty of trying to focus on too many things at one time. So I have to work on using tip #6 for sure. Getting rest and exercising are also great tips and have been making a point of doing that this week. Just finished up almost 2 hours of snow shovelling, now it’s time to get back to work.

  2. Some great points here Mike. For me, I often find that I know I have a lot to do, so when I get home I will stick the laptop on. But then I sit there paralysed as I can’t remember which task I should be tackling. I guess I should use my travel time home to narrow down to one or two key tasks that should be tackled that evening. Of course, planning at the start of the week would really push this to the next level.

    • thanks for dropping by Paul, you have both posed and answered your own problem! I would suggest that you identify just one key task for the evening that come what may you must either complete or make some progress on

  3. Great tips Mike! I get sooo lazy in the winter time. I just want to lay on the couch and do nothing when it’s cold outside. I like the timer idea, think I’ll give that a try this week!

  4. Great advice Mike. It’s definitely easy to sit around and do nothing, even when there’s work to be done. I’ll be using these tips to ensure that I’m not wasting my time being passive.

  5. Great article, Mike! I’m a big fan of tip #2 – using a timer. I can devote a specific amount of time to a task and then it’s a race to the finish line. That competitive nature in me comes in handy!

  6. Mike, this is another great post. Thinking small and breaking down a big task into small parts is helpful to me. I also use a timer and it helps me to stay focused for 50 minutes at a time. It also helps me with not multi-tasking too much. All of this helps me with eliminating procrastination.

  7. I love this blog Mike, it covers most of what peeps need to do to bring their life back into balance, I’ll be sharing it with my tribe…..now which are you going to focus on?