It's a common complaint among roommates and family members. There always seems to be that one person that everyone seems to label "lazy". Unfortunately, sometimes the lazy person is you! It happens to the best of us. Sometimes we just get depressed or start to feel useless and we stop doing the things we used to. Washing dishes, filling out job applications, working out, cooking. These things all seem to become something of the past while we fight with ourselves internally to figure things out or mourn for whatever reason. The great news is there are ways to recpnnect with your loved ones by becoming the person they are used to being around. It really is a win-win situation.
Face The Facts
The only way you're going to be able to get out of the lazy phase is to admit to yourself where you are in life. Being lazy is similar to be an alcoholic. You may or may not intend to become inactive, but once you start, it feels so good and makes you less stressed (temporarily, until everyone starts complaining) that it really does start to become a habit. Like all habits, being lazy can be a hard one to break. The only difference here is you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on rehab or be sentenced by a court judge.
Fighting the lazy habit isn't something that's going to happen overnight. It's something you have to work at and the key is to replace the habit of doing nothing with the habit of doing something. Your goal will be to replace the bad with the good. It sounds easy, but it can be a challenge.
Write A To-Do List
Take a look around you. I'm sure there are a lot of things that need to be done. Some things that need to be done are probably more disgusting than others, but these are things that need to be done nonetheless.
To motivate yourself and make yourself feel good about cleaning or rearranging things is going to be your first goal. Nobody likes to do things that are going to make them feel dirty and disgusting. Grab a pen and some paper, make a list of the things that need to be done. When you've created your inventory, take a look at it and choose the easiest task as the first one to complete.
Do this daily. If you don't complete your list in a single day, then pick up where you left off on the following day. This list is going to guide you to a less lazy lifestyle. When you've completed everything on the list, create another one. Keep doing this and before you know it, you'll get into the habit of doing things that need to be done as soon as you see them out of order.
Time to get used to waking up earlier! Especially if you're unemployed. It's just a good habit to have in case you get a great job that requires you to peel out of bed at the break of dawn. It's going to give you a better chance to take care of more things and possibly finish and be able to relax for the remainder of the day.
This seems counterproductive, but did you know that exercise actually gives you more energy? Sure, you'll be sore, but the hormones created by your brain post workout help you focus more. It'd be great to wake up early for a workout and spend the rest of the day in focus being able to take care of everything on your list,wouldn't it?
In the past, I have found that strength training and cardio workouts help me focus more than any other form of exercise. I'm not exactly sure why this is, but that's how it seems to go for me. Experiment with different workout programs or exercises and find what works for you. One thing you shouldn't do is workout to the point that you are too exhausted to do anything else. That would be a whole day wasted.
Pace yourself, don't try to take on too much at once. If you have a lot of big projects you want to complete, break them down so they're easier to accomplish. This is going to boost your confidence as well when you turn around and see how much you've done! Congratulations! You deserve a break.
Enjoy The Change
Of course you're going to notice changes you're making to the environment around you. You're also going to notice how you start to look forward to taking care of things around the house and the people who love will start to notice it as well. It's going to feel great when they start thanking you for doing something they never got around to doing and it's also going to feel great when you hear your mom or sister on the phone with their friends and they're no longer calling you a lazy bum and they're actually telling their friends how much you've improved how helpful you've been.
Try not to enjoy the praise so much that you fall back into your lazy habits, but definitely use the praise to help motivate you even more than exercising will. This is a great way to monitor your progress and prove to yourself that this isn't just for you, it's also for your family and friends or others who may be sharing your living space.
You'll know you're officially not a lazy person anymore when you start to feel guilty about not doing some sort of chores or general cleaning and maintainence around the home or even at work. Don't let yourself off the hook by justifying you can "take a few days off". Only take one day off if you've done everything that was included on your list.
Welcome to the world of being active and not being called lazy!
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