Productivity for Lazy People
A word to the wise:
Okay, let’s be honest…everyone gets lazy at some point. For some of us, being lazy happens more often than not! That doesn’t mean we don’t want to be productive though! To rationalize our laziness, we create a to-do-list which makes us feel like we are making progress or we watch a motivational video to inspire ourselves. Being lazy is okay for a Sunday afternoon or a rainy day, but we won’t get anywhere in life with a lazy lifestyle. Productivity for lazy people is hard, so it’s important to make it simple, take action and follow through!
When I was brainstorming some ideas for the title of this article, my girlfriend immediately agreed that ‘productivity for lazy people’ was the best option. Apparently, it’s perfect because of how lazy she thinks I am!
All joking aside though, I know I can be lazy. It’s incredible how fast I can be pulled into scrolling Instagram, or watching random videos online. The worst distraction for me is Netflix. I will watch an entire series in a few days if I don’t actively avoid it!
So how do I deal with my laziness and do anything productive?
College Word to the Wise’s Productivity for Lazy People:
- Make it Simple!
- Take Action!
- Follow through!
You heard me couch potatoes, make it simple. If you are anything like me, the hardest part is getting off the couch and getting started. When you start thinking about your huge to-do-list, the effort of starting, and figuring out where to begin it can be quite daunting. After a few minutes of dreading the thought of being productive it’s easy to brush it off and continue to be lazy.
#1 – How to make it simple:
Forget the to-do-list! To-do-lists are great for when you are already in a productive flow and ticking off each of your objectives. However, when you have a huge list and are looking to get started, it’s easy to waste time trying to pick the easiest tasks and than stopping before getting to anything that’s actually productive.
Pick a priority. People often confuse priority with priorities. A priority is “a thing that is regarded as more important than another.” Having priorities defeats the purpose entirely. How is it a priority if there are multiple tasks that require the most attention? That being said, you can have a different priority in different aspects of your life; work, learning, side project, fitness, and family.
When I get home from work and want to work on my website, I have a list of things I want to do. Instead of looking browsing through that list, I focus on my priority for that day. Once I have finished my priority, or at least make a big enough impact on it, I can then move on to the to-do-list.
Remember, make it simple by picking 1 single priority.
#2 – Take Action:
You’ve made it simple and chosen a priority. Now get started.
Did you not hear me? Get started! It’s as simple as that.
#3 – Follow through:
People always over complicate things and focus on routine, finding motivation, setting up, and etc. That’s all great, unless you are a lazy person. If you are a lazy person, all those things will just help to deter you from getting to work.
Here’s how I do it. Whenever I feel lazy and am struggling to get to work I tell myself I will work for a minimum of 15 minutes. I open my computer, sign on and open up my work. Before starting I open up my desktop timer app call Hourglass. This app has been absolutely killer for my productivity!
Here’s the trick, by getting started and giving yourself 15 minutes of solid work, you will often put yourself into the flow state and without realizing it, you will just keep on working for much longer than you planned. If not, well at least you still got 15 minutes of work in! Which is definitely better than no work, right?
The hardest part of being productive when you are lazy is getting started. What tricks do you have for pushing yourself to get started on a project?