How to deal with laziness

September 21, 2020

Laura Duff


I have just completed writing this title, and I already feel like a hypocrite…

I feel like I am the best person to give advice on how to deal with laziness. The reason for this is, I, over the years have transformed myself from the laziest slug on the planet, to a reasonably productive human being. I currently am a student at the University of Edinburgh, have 2 part-time jobs, a social life, and my own hobbies. I’m not even boasting, I still regard myself as pretty lazy on certain days, but nobody could have ever told me I would have a schedule as busy as I have at this point. I would never have believed it.

Let’s start from the issue of laziness. Is it genetic? Is it a choice? I honestly don’t know. We all have experienced lazy days/times in our lives. One lazy day can be amazing, even a few. A little break from general day-to-day business.

Wait - disclaimer: I know there are many factors that can portray a ‘lazy’ disposition; mental health, bad diet, bad habits and so on. This is just a general advice blog, if you know yourself, you will know there are some changes you could make to increase your productivity.

One of the most important things I think really helps with laziness is making sure you enjoy what you do. Motivation is the dividing factor between the lazy and the non-lazy. How can you truly want to get things done if you feel like you genuinely hate what you’re doing. Obviously, most of us aren’t in the lucky position to have a job we are 100% passionate about (some of us will feel we aren’t even 1% passionate about our current situations). I found a really nice bit of advice the internet kindly lent me for people in these positions: find things that interest you inside goals that don’t. If you change your perspective on things, and take a step back, you might begin to see some positivity in what you’re doing. I dare you.

Another thing you need to do in order to battle off the laziness-bug is to take breaks. Do you really think, after your whole life of doing what feels like near-to-nothing, all of a sudden you’re going to complete your goals in one day. No. Take it easy, at least to begin with. But even if you do end up becoming super productive, still take breaks. 30 minutes on the job, 5 or 10 minutes off.  As long as you don’t take the micky, these breaks will benefit you. 

The last and best piece of advice that I am going to give you, and that I took when I wanted to change my ways, is to forgive your old lazy self. If you constantly identify yourself as a lazy person, that is what you will stay. Let go of all these labels, stop the “I will start/change tomorrow, on Monday, in 2021…” and just take every day as it is. Let go of the idea that you can either be ‘lazy’ or ‘productive’ and just start doing what you can. 

No unreal expectations, no labels - just start doing.

Laura Duff

The team call me the 'mighty Duff'. I'm 19 years old and study Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout our time together, I'll be writing about topics related to mental health, food and fitness! I'm also a host for the Wedotalk, check them out on YouTube, Spotify or Soundcloud! Down below you'll find my personal links, I make vlogs as a hobby!

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