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How to Overcome Laziness and Become Proactive

Priya Johnson Jan 5, 2021
While some people can’t seem to sit still, some of us find it such an ordeal to get up and stay active. We may use a zillion witty ways to justify laziness, however, staying active and proactive are essential ingredients to success.
I'm not lazy.

I'm on power-saving mode.

- Anonymous
Sounds ridiculous! Well, this simple exercise will help you be more active throughout the day. The minute you find yourself doing nothing for over 5 minutes, get up and find something to do.
5-minute Sitting Rule
I'm not running away from hard work.  I'm too lazy to run.  - Anonymous


List down all the tasks you want to accomplish daily, weekly and monthly. The list will guide you through the day, and each completion will increase your motivation levels.

Ultimate Lazy Moment

Watching the sunrise on TV, because you're too lazy to get up and watch it for real. - (Anonymous)

Limit Internet Surfing

Mindless surfing is a major time-waster. While going cold turkey will be difficult and unnecessary, gradually reduce the amount of surfing time. This will save a lot of time that can be put to productive use.



a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation, and achievement is stored."

- (Anonymous)

Meet Deadlines

Take deadlines seriously and work towards achieving them. Once we’re into the habit of not meeting deadlines, we’re on the slippery path of complacency.
"Procrastination is like a credit card,

it's a lot of fun until you get the bill." 

- Christopher Parker

One Task at a Time

Don’t let the long list weigh you down. Tackle one task at a time and cross them out when done. This sense of accomplishment will inspire you to tackle the rest of the list.
There is absolutely no excuse for laziness, but if you find one let me know. - Anonymous

Meet the Pressing Need First

At the beginning of every day, identify the most important task of the day and finish it first. This will increase your confidence and motivate you to tackle the rest of the tasks.
My laziness is exactly like the number 8,  if it lays down it becomes infinite.  - Anonymous

Don’t Overcommit

Often when we overcommit, the number of tasks that need our attention seems to overwhelm us and our body seems to simply freeze.
I'm not lazy,

I'm just highly motivated to do nothing.

- Anonymous

Avoid Burnouts

Memory of previous burnouts often demotivates us from being proactive. Do not push your body to either extreme. Know when to say no, back off and let go.

Exercise and Eat Healthy

Physical exercise increases blood circulation in the body and keeps you energetic throughout the day. Consuming wholesome, nutritious meals will also keep your energy levels high.
I'll stop being so lazy when being so lazy stops being so awesome. - Anonymous

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Keep Inspiring Yourself
Watch inspiring talk shows, movies, or read autobiographies of successful people. This will motivate you to consistently work hard.

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"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look and do nothing." - Albert Einstein