Combat laziness

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    Jan 17, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    How do you do it?
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    Jan 17, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    crack









    but for reals, I wish I knew ....I think I might start drinking something loaded with creatine when in my lazy moods, give me a good buzz and helps with vanity at the same time
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    Jan 18, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    Inspiration is a big problem for me. Once I begin something, I finish it dutifully. But just getting started is a problem. I never have any problems with work-related tasks. It is just at home.

    I used to keep lists of things I need to do, but I just don't get started on them.
  • hdurdinr

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    Jan 18, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    I read an article last year about how beetroot has lots of good nitrates in it and that if you eat it at lunch it should fuel you in the afternoon - so maybe eat some a couple of hours before your workout and see if it works!
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    Jan 18, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    get off the computer
  • commoncoll

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    Jan 18, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    I hold myself accountable for tasks. Getting started is also a challenge for me.

    For example, say it's housework. I have a baby who likes to put everything in his mouth, it is a necessity that all papers, trash, medicines, plastic, toys, be out of his range. I also have to feed and shower and change him. Whereas I would be lazy in doing those things for myself, I can't procrastinate with him.

    For other things, I give myself a deadline to begin it by, and make every effort to keep to it.

    Usually, I fail.
  • commoncoll

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    Jan 18, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    REBELATHEART saidget off the computer

    I actually did everything today already. But, yes, the computer is a big distraction.
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    carminea saidHow do you do it?
    I don't.
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    Volunteer some of your time off .....Animal shelter , Hospitals , Food banks , plenty of choices ....icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    Delete my facebook... delete social media accounts in general. But Facebook has a specific feature to deactivate, and I think everyone should try it at least once.
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
    Sometimes I fake being excited about something. If you force yourself to stay positive about an upcoming chore all day ("Wow, I can't wait to go home and vacuum! Showing off my clean floor to my friends is gonna be great!), it can actually become a sincere state of mind.
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    DCguy1999 saidsizedNO-Xplode_Grape.jpg


    They need to change the name to "Yes you will Explode".
  • bad_wolf

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    Jan 18, 2011 9:13 AM GMT
    Get people to hurl verbal abuse at me.
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    Jan 18, 2011 9:21 AM GMT
    I'll have a nap and think about it.icon_biggrin.gif
  • Jessie_Lee

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    Jan 18, 2011 9:38 AM GMT
    Getting off the computer or deleting facebook/twitter/myspace or whatever social network you use won't work. Lazy people will only find another outlet that requires minimal work.

    The best way to inspire/motivate you is probably something like commoncoll's situation, having someone rely on you. Just having someone hold you accountable may not be enough, but if they need you to do it, it just might make you do it. I'm not suggesting that you should get a baby, God knows what horrible plans are in store for you if you do that.

    I might provide you with some more suggestions, once I figure out how to get out of bed.icon_biggrin.gif
  • maverik

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    Jan 18, 2011 9:53 AM GMT
    Here's an idea:

    laziness = lack of motivation = lack of rite rewards

    1. make list of chores and tasks u reali should do
    2. make list of rewards (eg 30 mins of gym / computer game time)
    3. win reward when specific tasks are completed

    Make a deal with yourself that you only get to do something nice when you've complete chores. Once you've stuck to the deal a few times it becomes easier. I think we all do this kind of barter with ourselves to a greater or lesser extent. But if you really don't have enough self discipline to self-administer this, then get friends to help. I'm sure they will relish the opportunity to lock your snacks/beers/porn away until they are satisfied with your performance...

  • commoncoll

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    Jan 28, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    Something I learned today: research indicate that it takes 21 consecutive days of doing something to make it a habit.
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    Jan 28, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    commoncoll saidSomething I learned today: research indicate that it takes 21 consecutive days of doing something to make it a habit.


    Does this also apply to not doing somthing? Could you share your source?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 28, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    I'm naturally a structured person and I have a certain perception of myself.. and that doesn't include being lazy (but relaxing and "being lazy" are two different things). Relaxation is important and I tend to think of it as a deserving break if I've been duly diligent.

    One thing I've had some issues with is my morning schedule. I get up, take care of the beagles, fish and myself, do cardio, household tasks, then get ready for work. I usually don't need to set my alarm clock, but the short days tend to throw me a little and I'm waking up too late. Thus, I must be up at a certain time (even today I was about 20 minutes late getting up).
    The alarm clock with correct that.. at least for a couple of months, then I'll probably be back on schedule again.

    Clearly to combat "laziness", I think you have to be inspired to bypass it and have a way to achieve your aims. It can't be ambigious. When you see what you can achieve by taking action, it can inspire you again... a positive cycle.

    And think about how you feel when you fail..... I'd rather succeed any day of the week!
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    Jan 28, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
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    commoncoll saidSomething I learned today: research indicate that it takes 21 consecutive days of doing something to make it a habit.


    Does this also apply to not doing somthing? Could you share your source?

    Shawn Achor-he is a positive psychologist from Harvard. I saw his presentation when he came to my university.

    I don't know about not doing something. However, I have heard that 66 days is another magic number. By this time, your habit will be as set as it's ever going to be.
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    Jan 28, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    As you get older it's common to feel lazy because you've already done so much stuff, and looking for the next thing to "thrill" you is harder.

    I recommend rearranging your surroundings every now and then. For four years I've had my bedroom the same way, actually the best layout for the room. But it felt like a rut. So yesterday I figured out a new layout that may work. Lots of stuff to move around, but I turned on some light music, and did it at a leisurely pace. Once I moved the furniture I wasn't too impressed at first, like my body was fighting off the change. And I told myself, live with the new look because it will change your perspective and you can always go back to the old look.

    Well, after everything was back in the room, I love the new look! It really does reset yourself and spurs you on to work on other things.
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    Jan 28, 2011 7:40 PM GMT
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    Jan 28, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    Mother Nature gives me snow icon_biggrin.gif
    Its all I need.. and in the summer I have like 10,000+ lakes I can hit up..
    Pretty much just move to Minnesota is how you do it.
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    Jan 28, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    carminea saidInspiration is a big problem for me. Once I begin something, I finish it dutifully. But just getting started is a problem. I never have any problems with work-related tasks. It is just at home.
    I used to keep lists of things I need to do, but I just don't get started on them.


    THIS, I can really relate to. I have so much to do around the house that it overwhelms me..and I end up doing nothing!!!