How to Fight the Lazy Gene and Get More Done

Beating the urge to be lazy is an incredibly tough habit to break. Being lazy is a lot like quicksand … once you start, it keeps pulling at you, making it difficult to ever get out again. It’s so tough, many equate laziness to something you’re born with rather than a bad habit. Luckily for all of us, this is not the case. Laziness is nothing more than multiple bad habits stacked on top of each other, but with the right tips, you can beat it for good. To be more productive in your life and quit being lazy, check out these tips for kicking the lazy gene to the curb.

Put Your Feet on the Floor

One of the hardest parts of ending laziness is getting started. As soon as you wake up, put your feet on the floor. Don’t hit the snooze button. Don’t roll over with a pillow on your face. Swing the covers off and place your warm feet on the cold floor. Diving into your day is one of the best ways to nip laziness in the bud from the very beginning.

Don’t Stop Moving

Once you stop moving, it’s difficult to get up and going again. A better plan is to never stop; just keep going. If you sit, even for a second, you’re more likely to stay that way. When you get the urge to rest, find something to keep you busy. Take a short walk, do an errand that you’ve been putting off, or if you simply must have a rest, do it standing up. This one small step can change the entire course of your day, taking it from laziness waiting to happen to major productivity.

Make a List

Lists are completely underrated. Making a list gives you a more permanent account of things that need to get done. It can help to check them off as you complete them. At the beginning of each new day, make a new list. Give the most important things a top spot on your list and the less important things can float toward the bottom. With some consistency, this method will have you churning out more than ever before.

We all get lazy from time to time. It happens, and for the most part, it’s OK. When laziness takes over your life, it’s time to take a stand. Use these tips to beat laziness and be more productive. With the lazy gene far behind, you can reach new goals and become the person that you have always wanted.

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