How many times have you set the same New Year’s Resolutions year after year? Set the alarm to go to the gym and then ignore it. “I’ll go tomorrow.” How many ideas have you had for work or to start a business only to be more absorbed in either television or a long stroll down memory lane?
In the grand scheme of things, we’re all members of the leisure class now. No matter how hard you work (and I’m sure you work hard), you’ve likely got it better than any generation in the history of mankind.
- Fully Understand the True Consequences of Being Lazy – If you are habitually lazy on the job there’s a good chance that you’re not fulfilling all of your responsibilities. If you’re not fulfilling your responsibilities then you’re not doing your job, and thus, you’re not worth paying. It’s only a matter on time before your superiors notice this and eliminate the dead weight. There’s a pretty good article on About.com entitled “How To Get Fired.” Take a quit look at this article and ask yourself, “How many of these points pertain to laziness?” Similarly, if a self-employed person gets lazy, you can be fairly certain they will not be self-employed for long.
- Never Lose Sight of the Whole Elephant – I’ve heard people use the phrase “take one bite of the elephant at a time” more times than I can count. It is true, breaking up a large project into a series of smaller, bite-sized milestones is a smart way to hone your concentration and keep yourself motivated in the short-term. However, it is never wise to completely lose sight of the whole elephant (the big picture). After all, the whole elephant is the only reason you started working in the first place. At some point you want to get promoted, land that full-size contract deal and have the opportunity to get ahead of the pack. Those are big picture goals, goals that motivate long-term drive. You must always remain cognizant of the fact that a bit of laziness now on a few small tasks may snowball into a lengthy stretch of missed opportunities in the future when the judge compares your performance to that of your peers.
- Don’t Stop Doing… Start the Next Related Task – Once you stop, laziness kicks in and it’s hard to get going again. The key is to complete a task and then immediately jump to the next related task. I consider a related task to be any task with a similar type required mental thinking. Your mind can transition seamlessly between related tasks because your efforts on the previously completed tasks have already geared your mind for the type of work required in all the subsequent tasks. The sooner you forge ahead, the more confident you will feel going into it and the more productive you will be.
- Do Work for You Too – Far too often I see competent, hardworking people only doing work for someone else, usually their employer. When the workload is extremely light (or the day comes to and end), they get lazy and do less instead of transitioning their attention to accomplishing something for themselves. If all you’re hard work is spent growing someone else’s business and all your free time is spent being lazy, you will never grow a business of your own. Avoid laziness by spending your down time working for you. The more you accomplish for yourself, the more motivated you will be in all walks of your work life. […]
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