How to outsmart your laziness and take advantage of it

Many productivity gurus are actually quite lazy. For example, the author of the famous Getting Things Done methodology, David Allen.

David Allen

Productivity and personal effectiveness expert, author of the Getting Things Done time management methodology.

I am often asked if I have always been this organized, but I have always been lazy. That’s why I became interested in productivity. I wake up thinking about how I can simplify my tasks today. Self-efficacy is the only way to improve something.

To stay healthy and productive despite being lazy, embrace this quality before it takes over your entire life.

  1. Understand what kind of things you are lazy to do.
  2. Structure your habits around these things.

Consider the limits of your laziness. During which tasks do you start to be lazy, and which are given to you without difficulty? For example, are you too lazy to get up early or eat right? Or do you procrastinate, but at the same time do not be lazy to work, because you love your job?

When you have discovered your weaknesses, try to structure your life so that laziness helps you. Here are some examples:

  • Leave your phone and tablet in another room when you read or work. You won’t want to get up behind them, and as a result, you won’t be distracted by them.
  • Take out sportswear in the evening and put it in a conspicuous place. In the morning it is easier to put it on than to look for something else. So you are more likely to play sports.
  • Sign out of all social media accounts to spend less time on them. Set very long passwords. Then next time you will be too lazy to enter them.
  • Delete the mail reader app on your phone. Accessing mail through a mobile browser is too inconvenient, so you won’t check your inbox as often.
  • If you eat everything in front of you, leave vegetables on the table. Eating them will be easier than reheating store-bought food.
  • On weekends, I am often too lazy to get out of bed. Leave your phone in another room overnight so you don’t have to spend the whole day with it. And you can wake up with the help of a fitness tracker or a regular alarm clock.
  • If you are too lazy to go to the gym, enter bonus points for training and save them. Then they can be spent on sweets or other delicious rewards.
  • If you’re too lazy to run , find someone you can go for a run with. In this case, going outside is easier than letting the other person down.

Rearrange your habits in this way, and laziness will not stop you, but move you forward.

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