Combat Laziness and Procrastination | Tips

I thought I was the only person going through some weird vibes lately (read: Brexit, presidential candidates, potential Frexit?!, deadlines, winter, student life, etc) when a rather intelligent colleague of mine literally described my daily  morning struggle as his own experience:
Literally, I woke up at 6:30 as per usual, got ready to leave and  go in the library, as soon as I hit the door, I turned around and went back to sleep. Woke up at 12:30.
Self identification much? If this applies to you too, we’ve got you. First with advice straight from KELSEY CLARK article on, then with an informative, lighthearted and relatable clip of Vik Nithy  who understands the silly struggle between working on the paper due in tomorrow and, like, one more episode of gossip girl.

         Laziness almost always begins with a mental tug-of-war between what you want to be doing and what you should be doing. For example, your brain knows that you should close out your week with a solid workout, but you want to spend Sunday vegging out and watching Netflix. So how do you combat your lazy instincts? Performance psychologist Jonathon Fader emphasizes the importance of “talking back” to your brain, so to speak.

“What I often talk to athletes and people in business about is talking back to your brain. When your brain tells you That’s enough and I can’t do anything more, what do you say? Do you have a technique in your mind to help you with the pain tolerance there?” he explains in a new Business Insider video.

Fader recommends segmenting an arduous task into small mental groups, like breaking up a long run into 10-minute intervals. “If you have a plan beforehand, and a routine, that can help you. We can only control two things: our actions and our reactions, or what we do and what we think.” Overcoming laziness starts with taking ownership of both of those categories, allowing ourselves to consider the bigger picture instead of just the foreseeable future.

That’s rather helpful. here’s another supportive argument by Vin Nithy.

It happens. To be honest with you my entire undergrad was composed of last minute assignment completion. While that works for some people and highlights their ability to work well under pressure, this is a habit worth eliminating sooner than later because quite frankly, the stress, guilt and potential regret(s) aren’t worth it.


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