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How Do You Overcome Laziness/Procrastination and Have Good Consistency in Anything You Do?

It is essential to recognize that laziness and procrastination are distinct concepts and should not be treated lightly. Procrastination often conceals a deeper underlying issue, emphasizing the significance of getting into the root causes of our tendency to procrastinate.
What are some possible answers?
We procrastinate because…

  1. We are used to being straight-A students, but we started taking a tough class.
  2. We dread studying for an exam because it will take hours, days, or weeks.
  3. We want to avoid having an unpleasant conversation with someone, so there’s no point in initiating it.
  4. We’re not managing our budget correctly, so we ignore the electricity bill, which keeps piling up for months.

Our to-do list seems endless, and we feel overwhelmed by all the tasks we want to complete.

Ok, now it’s your turn.

Pause scrolling Timelines and from reading this answer. You’ll need a few minutes to do this exercise. Get a notebook or notepad, or open a blank document on your phone/laptop. Nobody will be reading your thoughts. It’s just a conversation you’re having with yourself. Try to be honest. Write down your WHY.

Done?

Now that we’ve identified what’s behind your procrastination let’s look at HOW to overcome it.

What are some specific techniques you can use?

Try these three.

1. Train your brain to help you, not deter you.

Before working on anything new, train your brain to help you out. When you successfully train it, you’ll feel more motivated to take action and fully absorb what’s in front of you.

Instead of approaching what you’re doing as a chore, turn it into a choice.

Tell yourself, “This is something I’m excited to learn more about.”

What are the advantages? It grants you a heightened sense of mastery over your tasks at hand. Reaffirm your work’s significance by asking, “Why am I engaging in this?” Establish a connection with the initial motivations that prompted you to embark on the endeavour. It could be acquiring a new skill, entering an intriguing habit, preparing for an exam to secure graduation and employment, exploring an entrepreneurial venture, resolving a business challenge, etc. Ensure that your underlying purpose remains clear to you.

Note: Check the stages of your forthcoming tasks. Use a method called “mental modeling” where you vividly imagine the specific things you expect to encounter, like what you will learn, read, or review. Begin by thinking about what you want to do, read certain parts (like chapters, paragraphs, or sections), take notes on essential ideas, and write down questions for later. By creating a story in your mind, you help your brain predict what comes next.

2. Instead of automatically giving up on something and saying, “I can’t do this!” ask yourself, “How about I try doing this?”

All of us as humans will (sooner or later) procrastinate on some things in life. It’s a natural and default reaction to a challenging or complex problem. Still, there’s something you can do about it.
Be honest with yourself. As I mentioned, when you spill it, people will only know what’s behind your procrastination. So, write it down once and for all. It could be fear of not being able to do something successfully or not being better at it than someone else. In many cases, your pride or ego can get in the way.
It still doesn’t matter, Delve further. Uncover the underlying cause. Identify the core issue, enabling you to take appropriate action. If you’re scared of failing at work or school, ask yourself if this feeling is something you felt when you were younger. Was it linked to a specific age, grade in school or an event that significantly impacted you?
Think about the biggest benefit of actually dealing with procrastination. Whenever you say, “How about I try doing something different?you win over fear. You show yourself that it’s ok to be scared, but you don’t have to stay in that space forever. You show yourself that it’s possible to react differently to situations — even those that scare you. And when you do that, you’ll experience a shift in your attitude and mindset that will positively impact every facet of your life.

3. Reduce feeling overwhelmed by asking yourself, “What is the ONE thing I am committed to completing today?”

This simple, 5-minute technique helps train your brain to focus on goals that are important to you right now. It forces you to prioritize the goal you believe is the most relevant. Here’s how to practice it.
Put the question into writing. Use prominent, bold lettering on a sheet of paper that you can prominently display on a wall in your bedroom or bathroom. Begin your day by vocalizing the question aloud, and generate an immediate response.

Proceed by taking concrete steps and continually reminding yourself throughout the day about the pledge you made.

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