9 Suggestions For Lazy People On How To Be More Productive
Highly productive people are lazy too as we are. They find a way to boost their productivity and adopt these tips without breaking a sweat.
“Roughly three of every 10 individuals aged 15 years or older — about 1.5 billion people — do not reach present physical activity recommendations,” experts said in a report that described the problem as a “pandemic.”
Laziness breeds more laziness.
Why go to the gym tonight? It’s been a week since you’ve gone. Why take out the garbage when the whole apartment is a mess? These are all good points.
However, we need to break the cycle now with these 9 hacks.
1. Qualities of innovative nature are essential.
How frequent is it that you let your mind wander?
Do you doodle, and daydream, or are you just distracted by some random question? On the surface, this seems like not getting much done, but is this mental deviation really a waste?
Yes. By letting your mind wander, you give yourself the unique opportunity to stray from your usual routines and habits. When your mind is preoccupied with dreams and unrelated questions, you tend to make more spontaneous and creative decisions. You come up with fresh ideas, you investigate new paths, and you might even discover hidden potential. However, you probably don’t want to reinvent the wheel or boost your productivity with this process.
Well, the good news is that daily innovation does just that — just block out some time once a day to let your brain play with original concepts. You can think about your job or your goals, or some crazy idea you’ve been tinkering with.
It really doesn’t matter what you’re thinking about, since this is the time for experimentation and unstructured thought.
Daily innovation should feel like a break from our usual daily routine. You can and should use technology to rejuvenate your mind when you are feeling slack. So unlike watching TV or checking social media, innovation does not slow you down. It allows your brain to release pent-up creative energy.
That’s precisely why Google encourages their employees to dedicate 20% of their time to innovation. It turns out their employees were more productive when they had more space to develop and pursue their own ideas, not to mention the hundreds of revolutionary inventions that came directly from these places of creativity.
So, during your workday, find a little time to let your mind wander, be creative, experiment, and most importantly, try to have fun.
2. Taking power naps is always helpful.
This productivity hack will delight you if you treasure every second of your sleep.
Napping can boost performance, provided you don’t sleep too much or too little. Researchers have analyzed how many hours of sleep you need to boost efficiency during midday. You should sleep for a short time between 10 and 25 minutes. Short naps don’t let our bodies get into a deep state of sleep, which is why we feel refreshed right after.
A nap of 60 minutes improves alertness for 8 to 10 hours. Research on pilots found that a 26-minute NASA nap took place in flight (while the plane was manned by a copilot) improved performance by 34%, and overall alertness by 54%.
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3. Adopt phone-free mornings.
What do you do first when you wake up?
Most of us instinctively reach over and take out our phone. We respond to messages, check our email, and glance at social media.
For most people, it takes less than 15 minutes, but those 15 minutes make a big difference to how your day unfolds.
In order to be more productive, make sure you leave your phone out of your morning routine especially in the first few minutes as you wake up. It’s much more important than you think to climb out of bed when you are just waking up. You need that time to focus on what really matters in life, whether it is a work-related project or a personal dream.
That way you can ignore your phone and boost your productivity no matter what time you wake up. Especially if you wake up early at 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning, you probably won’t receive many calls anyway.
4. Create templates for repetitive work.
Have you been spending too much time doing the same things?
It can feel like a nightmare when you are unsatisfied and unmotivated by the daily drudgery of it all. You spend all day wishing you were doing anything else. So how do you work smarter and not harder?
What shortcuts can you use to work smarter instead of harder?
- Using templates is a great way to get started if you often repeat the exact same tasks each day.
- It saves time and money — yes, it takes a little extra time to put it together, but it’s worth it.
- Be mindful that this isn’t just about saving time, it’s about improving your mindset.
Most apps like Evernote have built-in templates that are extremely helpful and improve productivity.
5. Start creating pre-made to-do lists.
Do you find it difficult to keep an organized to-do list?
Luckily, there’s an easier way. Rather than creating your own list, just use the pre-made layouts available at your disposal.
Several note-taking applications offer intuitive and easy-to-read to-do lists which you can mark off boxes or divide into categories.
Building the perfect list for your unique lifestyle and career allows productivity to increase — it may take some time to adjust but you’ll be surprised what a huge difference these applications can make.
My personal favorite is Things app that I use it on my Mac & iOS device.
6. Taking care of that tiny crisis.
When your motivation fails to materialize, what do you do?
Nine out of ten times, self-discipline can get you started right. But sometimes you need a little push. If you want to force yourself to be more productive, create an emergency. Lazy people struggle most when no rules exist to maintain order. If you have too much freedom you will slack off — yes, you will procrastinate.
You provide two highly motivating elements by creating a crisis — Time and Pressure.
Many of us naturally work faster and harder to meet deadlines. Now you are probably most productive when only five minutes remain before the deadline.
But why is this the case?
- I guess because you can’t maintain the status quo any longer and that is the beauty of a work-related crisis.
- As with time, adding pressure has a positive effect on productivity. There’s no wiggle room, it is now or never.
- When you’re feeling lazy, always use these powerful motivators to increase your productivity. The thought of failing or letting someone down will always trump the few hours you’ll spend working.
When deadlines draw nearer and their pressure builds, you’ll find yourself ready to perform.
7. Activate ‘do not disturb’ during core work.
Nowadays, most smartphones have a ‘do not disturb’ function.
All it does is prevent you from receiving texts, or phone calls, that would ruin your workflow. Sure, it doesn’t sound like much, but think about how often a random text would cause you to forget about important things.
Your flow of thoughts is incredibly important throughout the day, just as momentum helps you build motivation. Do not let pointless messages stop you in your tracks.
However, what if you’re waiting on a call from your boss or a message from a client? Luckily, you can choose which calls to ignore and which ones to let through, minimizing distractions while making sure you never miss anything important.
8. Adapt to ergonomic flexibility.
About 70% of Americans spend the majority of their workday sitting in one place.
Most people spend too much time sitting at their desks
The average office worker sits about 10 hours a day. There are all those hours in front of the computer, plowing…
You probably heard about the harm prolonged sitting is to our health. Prolonged sitting can lead to physical issues like obesity and heart disease and it is just as bad for our brain. Prolonged sitting makes us lazy and tired.
It makes your mind sleepy, and that causes you to lose focus on your work. So rather than sitting all day, try to take a few moments to change your body position. You might sit for an hour, stand for another, and then lie for a third.
By diversifying your posture, you can alleviate mental and physical fatigue. This is a very small adjustment, but that’s all that’s required to get a fresh burst of energy.
9. Finally, individualize your lifestyle.
Of all of the productivity hacks on this list this last one is probably the very most important.
You can use every single one of these tricks and still feel just as lazy — Why? Well because productivity ultimately comes down to personal preference. You need to find the right combination of tricks for your lifestyle, for example, you might think napping in the afternoon will increase your productivity but if you go to bed early, a nap won’t make you more efficient. It might just ruin your normal sleep cycle.
So before you put these life hacks into practice, try to answer these questions to yourself:
- Just consider what kind of person you really are?
- When do you perform at your best?
- What time of day are you the most productive?
- What kind of environment do you work best?
These will not only help you prevent laziness but they’ll also dramatically improve your work ethic.