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How to Stop Being Lazy and Unproductive

Now is the time to get motivated and stop being lazy for good!

And I’m not saying that to be condescending. Believe me, I remember the days when I slept in till noon (and often stayed in bed even later than that.)

I’ve gone through stages of depression that made cleaning my room or making a dentist’s appointment seem impossible. If other people saw the way I lived, they would have called me lazy—but truth be told, I’m not an inherently lazy person.

I don’t think you’re a lazy person either. You might act lazy and you might not feel motivated all the time, but somewhere inside of you, there is a drive to do amazing things and improve as a person.

To stop being lazy, all you have to do is find that spark, that purpose. Life is short—there’s no better time than now to tackle your unproductive habits and change your whole lifestyle!

Keep reading to learn how you can find the excitement in life so you can stop being lazy!

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Start by taking care of yourself, inside and out.

Your mental and physical health should come before anything else. You can’t cheat your body—I speak from experience on that. When you eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and make time for self-care, you will be able to focus and get more work done.

It’s not always about health, either. There are other ways to practice self-care that will boost your productivity. For example, I always get fully dressed before I start my day, even if I’m working from home. Getting ready every morning puts me in the right mindset to get things done.

When laziness strikes, combat it by doing something to care of yourself. Do something to improve your day-to-day health and wellness routine. When you feel better, you will be more motivated to conquer your to-do list.

Figure out the cause of your laziness.

Everyone’s lifestyle is different, and there are many factors that can cause you to feel lazy and unproductive.

Here are some common explanations for lazy attitudes:

  • You are tired.
  • You haven’t found your purpose in life.
  • You lack self-discipline.
  • You feel overwhelmed by your to-do list.
  • You feel discouraged by your current situation.
  • You don’t feel confident in your abilities.
  • You are afraid of failure.
  • You suffer from a negative mindset.
  • You are struggling with depression.
  • You have an underlying health issue.

As you can see, it’s not always easy to tell what the cause of laziness is. However, if you can figure out why you struggle to be productive on a daily basis, it will be easier to form an effective solution to the problem.

For example, if you struggle to achieve your goals because of a lack of confidence in your abilities, you can work on improving your self-esteem—and addressing the root cause of the problem will ultimately boost your productivity.

Develop a growth mindset.

When you have a growth mindset, you believe that you can develop skills through practice and training. It’s the understanding that, even if you are born with intelligence and talent, you will not be successful unless you continuously grow, better yourself, and expand your skillset.

To be successful in life, it’s crucial to develop a growth mindset. You should strive to improve yourself every day and find activities that will facilitate personal growth.

Ready to get yourself into a growth mindset? Here’s how:

  • Turn challenges into opportunities for personal growth.
  • Use perceived “failures” as lessons.
  • Seek approval from yourself, not others.
  • Surround yourself with other self-improving people.
  • Always have a goal to work toward.

With a growth mindset, you’ll never stop flourishing—and that will motivate you to get out of bed every day, take on your to-do list, and stop being lazy for good!

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Set actionable goals.

Goal-setting is an important part of maintaining a growth mindset. It’s also a great way to get your lazy self off the couch!

So, how do you set goals that you can actually achieve?

Here are some tips to set actionable goals:

  • Set a deadline for the goal, but be sure to give yourself enough time to complete it.
  • Create a goal that is relevant to your overarching career or life plans.
  • Make the goal very specific.

For example, if you want to live a healthier lifestyle, you might set goals that are related to fitness and nutrition.

Here are some examples:

  • Instead of saying “I want to lose weight,” your goal could be “I want to lose 5 pounds in the next 6 weeks.”
  • Instead of saying, “I want to eat healthier,” your goal could be “I want to cook at least one nutritious meal every day for the next month.”

Setting actionable goals is a key strategy to cure your laziness.

Get a planner (and actually use it!)

Using a planner will help you be more organized and productive. I don’t know about you, but disorganization is one of the major causes of overwhelm for me, and that often leads to laziness.

Here are some planners I love:

By using a planner or digital project management tool, you will be able to keep track of your deadlines and create a schedule that works for you. Plus, you won’t constantly feel like you’re forgetting something important!

Here are some of the key benefits of using planners:

  • You’ll have a more organized lifestyle
  • You’ll be able to prioritize better
  • You’ll get things done faster
  • You’ll be less stressed out
  • You’ll improve your work-life balance

So, if you don’t have a planner, now is the time to get one! If you feel inspired by creative activities, you should consider making a bullet journal to use as your planner.

Creating a bullet journal is super fun, and it will actually motivate you to use your planner instead of leaving it buried at the bottom of your purse!

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This to-do list is awesome because it allows you to plan out every hour of your day as you see fit. You get up at 5 a.m. to work out? Pencil it in! You have a late night business call with an overseas client? You can plan for that, too.

Below the 24-hour overview section, there’s a space for you to write down your goals and important tasks. Check off each task as you go and celebrate your accomplishments throughout the day!

At the bottom of the page, there’s a “make today awesome” section to remind you to enjoy today and cherish the present moment. Stop and appreciate the little things because there’s no time like now!

With this printable to-do list pack, you get all 7 days of the week in 6 colors: pink, seafoam green, blue, coral, lavender, and black and white. Mix and match your favorite colors!

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Create morning, afternoon, and evening routines for yourself.

Routines will help stabilize your schedule and maintain a productive lifestyle. And, by creating morning, afternoon, and evening routines, you will be able to schedule time for self-care and other important health and wellness practices that might get neglected otherwise.

With a killer morning routine, you will set yourself up for success throughout the rest of the day. And in the evening, you should create a routine that will ensure you get enough rest.

Here are some ideas for your morning routine:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Spend 15 minutes journaling
  • Review your to-do list
  • Exercise for 30 minutes
  • Do some yoga

And here are some ideas for your evening routine:

  • Read a book for 30 minutes
  • Do your nighttime self-care regimen
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Avoid all electronics for an hour before bed
  • Say a prayer or practice gratitude

Once you have your routines set, do your best to stick to them! If you’re able to maintain your routines throughout the day, you’re sure to get more done than you would with unstructured time.

Organize your to-do list to make it manageable.

When you prioritize the tasks on your to-do list, you’ll ensure that you get the most important things done first.

I like to split my to-do list into three columns: one for pressing tasks, one for less important tasks, and one for tasks that don’t require immediate attention.

After I break down my daily to-do list, it becomes less overwhelming. And like I mentioned earlier, overwhelm is one of the main causes of laziness for me. Having an organized to-do list helps me maintain a positive and productive attitude during my workday.

Schedule short breaks throughout the day.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to give 100 percent effort 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (unless you have superpowers). As much as I wish I could be productive all the time, I’ve learned that we’re all human, and breaks are crucial for long-term productivity.

I like to take a short break every hour or two to let my brain rest. I eat little snacks throughout the day so I don’t get hangry. Sometimes, I even take a quick power nap. (While naps don’t work for everyone, they help me tremendously when I start to feel tired in the middle of the day.)

When you take enough breaks, you’ll avoid laziness. Instead of getting burned out by Tuesday, you’ll feel more motivated to get things done throughout the week.

Surround yourself with inspiring people.

A lot of people don’t realize how important it is to surround yourself with the right people. If your friends are just as lazy as you are, it might be time to find some more motivational and inspiring people to hang out with.

I’m not saying to ditch your friends completely, but you do need to realize that your environment and network will influence your attitude, and ultimately, your success. Keep that in mind when choosing your circle.

So, how do you find motivated people who are passionate about what they do? Here are some ideas:

  • Check out a networking event for your industry.
  • Go to a group fitness session.
  • Take a class to teach you a new hobby.
  • Study at a college, university, or trade school.
  • Visit a local coworking spot.

Obviously, you’re not limited to this list. There are so many places to meet inspiring people. You just have to go out into the world and look for them!

Be kind to yourself and challenge negative self-talk.

Remember how I mentioned that low self-esteem and lack of confidence can cause laziness? Well, to feel motivated every day, you have to be kind to yourself.

If you constantly hear negative self-talk running through your head, it’s time to change that. Challenge your inner critic, start encouraging yourself, and quit putting yourself down every time something goes wrong.

Many people get stuck in life because they are afraid of failure, but it’s ironic because self-doubt is one of the main reasons people fail. So, if you struggle to be productive because you’re afraid, chances are that self-doubt is your biggest obstacle. It’s time to conquer that fear so you can build the life of your dreams!

Related reads!

1. 130 Productive Things to Do When You’re Bored

2. 20 Productivity Hacks to Supercharge Your Workflow

3. How to Write a Mission Statement for Personal Growth

Have other ideas on how to stop being lazy? I’d love to hear them! Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


  1. Amanda CHase says:

    Thank you so much for this blog post!! I struggle tremendously e depression and these words helped me so much and lifted my spirits so much!!

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