How I Fight Laziness

by GuestPoster on January 24, 2012

Every day I wake up with the same goal – to go out, take care of business, cross everything off my to do list, and go to bed a peaceful, happy camper. But every day I seem to fall short of that goal. Sometimes life gets in the way of accomplishing everything I want to do (for example, my car broke down today), but most of the time it’s something else. Something I like to refer to as laziness.

By laziness, I don’t necessarily mean sitting around the house in my sweats watching television all day long. I’m a Houston criminal lawyer who owns his own practice – I couldn’t that if I wanted to. But what happens is, sometimes when I have a moment to catch my breath, I take too long catching it. Instead of getting to work on the next task I dawdle. Eventually all of that dawdling adds up to some significant time.

But I’ve made a vow to fight my “laziness,” and to do that I’ve implemented some systems I thought you might find helpful.

1. Don’t Check Your Email Every 5 Minutes

This is honestly probably one of the hardest ones to do. Checking email is so fun, after all. I mean, every time someone sends me something they are validating my existence in the world! But lately I’ve stopped checking it every fifteen minutes and have made myself wait and check it once in the morning when I wake up, once at 11:00 a.m., and once around 3:30 p.m. I may check it again at night just in case something comes through, but that’s it. If it isn’t one of those times, then it isn’t up.

2. Take Advantage of the Natural Breaks You Have in the Day to Let Your Mind Wander

For me, these breaks come relatively frequently. As a criminal attorney, I spend a lot of time in court. But that doesn’t mean I spend a lot of time working while I’m in court. Honestly, most of my time is spent waiting getting called up for a case, or waiting on a client, or waiting on something else. That’s the life of a Houston criminal attorney, and I should take advantage of those breaks to decompress – and use the other times for work.

3. Just Do It.

At some point you are just going to have to sit down and make yourself get to work. There aren’t any systems, methods, or tricks to make you actually sit down and work. Sometimes you just have to do it. For me, I’ve found that getting started is actually the toughest part of the whole thing. Once I’m started and into it, I usually don’t have much problem finishing. So just make yourself get started.

What tips and tricks and motivational tactics do you find helpful for combating laziness? Let us know. Leave a comment.

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