How To Stay Motivated When You’re Feeling Lazy
In our society, we’re so often in a GO-GO-GO MINDSET that we barely have time to relax and recharge. A little bit of laziness is okay, because it could be your body’s way of telling you to slow down.
But about when it turns into sheer sluggishness? A lack of motivation for a prolonged period of time has a way of eating up all of our goals. Here’s seven ways to stay motivated when you’re feeling lazy.
What You Can Learn About How To Stay Motivated
1. Reduce your Tasks
If you have too many things going on at once, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. When you’re feeling overwhelmed it’s difficult to know where to start and way easier to just throw up your hands and say, “Whatever! I give up.”
Do yourself a favor: write down a list of all your goals, and circle the three that are the most important to you in THIS MOMENT in time. Give yourself permission to leave the other goals for later. Here’s why: Once you complete one project, you’ll start to think, “Hey, maybe I really can do this!” and in no time you’ll feel better taking on more and more projects. Think baby steps, first.
2. Ask Yourself “What Am I Afraid of?”
Sometimes fear disguises itself as laziness. Perhaps you’re not getting started on your weight loss goals because you’re afraid to fail like you have so many times in the past. Maybe you don’t want to clean up your diet because you don’t know how you’ll cope emotionally without your comfort foods.
Be honest with yourself and try to find out what’s holding you back. The answer may surprise you.
3. Adjust Your Timeframe
One of the most difficult things about positive change is that it takes TIME. This can lead to a depletion of motivation FAST.
Rather than thinking of how wonderful and amazing you’ll feel in six months, think about how wonderful and amazing you’ll feel in six DAYS. Adjust your timeline to allow for smaller successes in between the bigger goals. Just remember: it’s much easier to take the first step if the finish line is in sight.
4. Freshen Up Your Environment
Don’t let your physical surroundings be a reminder of all of the work still left to do. Clutter makes us feel chaotic and we don’t even realize it – they’ve done studies on it! Spruce up your living space, one small corner at a time, to feel happier and lighter. If nothing else, a mindless task will help take your mind off of how overwhelmed you feel by your goals. A clear desk (or inbox) is a clear mind.
5. Mind Your Thoughts
Are you putting yourself down without even realizing it? Negative self-talk is the fastest way to sap your energy reserve and make you think you can’t achieve your goals. Instead of letting your thoughts and worries swirl around inside your mind, write it all out so you can see what’s bringing you down and FIX IT.
6. Check Your Inner Circle
Just like your thoughts, the people you surround yourself with might be contributing to your laziness more than you think. If the people in your immediate environment are okay with getting nothing done, you might follow suit. You’ve heard the phrase misery loves company, right? A bad influence might question the wonderful changes that you’re making, or outright encourage you to skimp out on your goals. Either way, STEER CLEAR of people like that.
Here’s How To Stay Motivated On Your Way To Success
7. Accept Yourself
Acceptance may just be the first step towards true change, but it’s one of the hardest things to put into practice. Look at what it is that you want to achieve, and before getting started, accept yourself as you are RIGHT NOW. Look at your life and remove all judgments about yourself. Decide that you love yourself EXACTLY AS YOUR ARE, so every little goal you that achieve becomes a reason to love yourself a little more. Be proud that you recognize that you want to change –that makes you closer to your goals than most.
So go get your life out of “freeze” mode and turn up the heat for SUCCESS. Now you know how to stay motivated!