How do you "fight" the laziness? Laziness

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You have to be able to set goals for yourself and think of reasons why these goals are important and worth achieving. For instance, I am really lazy when it comes to exercising. But the goal of maintaining a healthy weight, healthy level of cholesterol, healthy blood pressure level, and a healthy heart motivates me enough to at least try and maintain an active life style.

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There is no one answer for fighting laziness or procrastination. Most tasks are defined by a deadline or consequence if not finished -- don't wash the dishes, they grow mold and smell bad. Other, smaller tasks, like vacuuming the rugs, don't have consequences for a long time and so are easier to put off.

Two good methods are deferred reward and powering through.

Deferred reward is one of my personal favorites. If I am planning something fun -- an evening of bad TV with junk food, for example -- I will not start the fun early in the day, meaning to "get to" the job soon, because I will end up delaying until I "can't" do the job. Instead, the fun will be my reward for working first. Delay your fun and it will be more satisfying.

Powering through is one I have to do more often than I like. This is where there is no immediate reward or goal, just something you have to do, and you put it off because really, you don't want to. In this case, the only solution is to take a deep breath, sit down, and power through the task until it's done. In writing, this is the best way to get words on the page; if you have nothing written, you have nothing to edit, and even a lousy draft is better than an empty page.

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I'm assuming the situation behind this question is that you are having difficulty motivating yourself to accomplish things that need to be done and that you are calling this problem "laziness."

For me, the first thing I try to do is to evaluate how time-critical the completion of whatever task I am dreading is. If it doesn't need to be finished immediately, I may give myself permission to put it off temporarily - with a commitment recorded on the calendar that I will return and do it at a specific time in the future.

If I am facing a situation that has to be dealt with now but I still feel "lazy" and don't want to do it, I grit my teeth and remind myself how good it will feel to get it finished. I find motivation in looking forward to having it behind me!

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