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Overcoming Laziness


We are all guilty of being lazy. Whether it is for mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or doing homework. We always find ourselves fighting laziness. Even though laziness is never as rewarding and fulfilling as actually completing something well done, why is it so overpowering?

I think it has something to do with not liking change if you are comfortable. For example, if you are very busy, you did not feel tired or lazy until the moment that you stop being busy. And vice versa, if you are relaxing or idling, you are very unmotivated to start doing something else. In other words, our body and mind does not like change. I guess that is why I am not a morning person.

So, the best advice that I can give is to keep busy. Each day, always plan a packed schedule ahead of time. Leave no vacant time unless it is also scheduled, such as watching your favorite television show. When I was in college, I always took more classes than what was considered a full-time load, and I had a part-time job too. It also helps to set aside some time at the end of the day, typically right before going to bed, to think about how we used our time inefficiently, so that we minimize repeating the same mistakes so often. I also found that I always try to accomplish everything on my “To Do” list that day, so it does not impact my plans for the next busy day.


I also found that being overwhelmed by a new project gives me a strong urge to be lazy and to turn on the television. I recommend to mentally break down the tasks necessary for the project. And before I know it, I am already looking forward to actually start working on the project.

My biggest proof of how lazy I am is exercising.. or rather just thinking about going to exercise. I literally have to make myself stand up and walk around briskly to shake of this laziness. Trust me, it is very hard for me each and every time. After a moment or two, I feel slightly exhilarated with my heart pumping a bit. Now I am ready to start exercising. It also helps me that I plan to exercise each Wednesday and Sunday morning.

I know that I will never truly stop being lazy. But as soon as I realize that I am being lazy, I will start doing something. Pretty soon, I will feel much more motivated and full of energy. It is only through brute force of will power and self disciplined that I actually stopping being a couch potato and Internet surfer.

Now if I can only get my cat to stop being a perfect example of laziness.

by Phil for Humanity
on 09/18/2006

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