How To Stop Being Lazy

Updated: July 31, 2023

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We all have our lazy days. Times when we are not in the mood to get out of bed, leave the house and go to work.

I believe it’s perfectly normal to feel this way occasionally. But if the feeling of laziness is constant, something may be wrong.

So what can we do if we regularly feel lazy? How do we stop this “non-productivity”?


From my years of being a freelancer, I’ve had my share of days (and even weeks) of feeling and being lazy.

And I can tell you that when you let laziness go on long enough, you will feel guilty and sorry for yourself. Self-confidence goes low, and negativity sets in.

Don’t you hate that feeling? I do.

And that’s why I always try my best to be proactive. And in the process, I can stop being lazy and overcome procrastination.

Knowing that, believe that you can do it too.

Tips on how to avoid feeling lazy

  • First, exercise and eat healthy food. Get enough rest and sleep. Remember that it all starts with your physical energy.
  • And second, always remind yourself why you need to work. Inspire and motivate yourself with your dreams and goals in life.

What to do when you’re feeling lazy to do anything

  • 1. List down the things you need to do. Clear your head of all the nagging clutter.
  • 2. Plan your schedule and decide when you’ll do each task. Be reasonable and realistic with your plan.
  • 3. Just do it. No more resting and waiting. Get up and start. Try to start with something easy. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to do more.

And if all else fails…

… then maybe your feeling of laziness is more deeply-rooted.

I am not a psychologist, but I’ve found myself too lazy to do anything whenever I’m struggling with emotional stuff. Maybe you should find someone, perhaps a friend, to talk to and sort through your feelings.

Getting professional help is also recommended, especially if your lack of vitality has been going on for over a month.

I guess that’s it! Thank you for your time, and I hope this was helpful.

But before we end, I’d like to share some of the articles about productivity that I’ve written here. I think they’re worth looking into if you want to overcome laziness:

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  1. Gosh, the post hits me! Thanks so much for sharing!
    I agree that physical activity stimulates the motivation to start.
    Also plurking and facebook decreases productivity when working online LOL.

  2. As for me, I got lazy when I don’t get challenged. I think sometimes, I need to push and not to be complacent. This is what I found on myself with my previous job.

    Also, I think you should also have some motivation possibly in reaching your goals to combat being lazy.

  3. Hi Ada and Tyrone, me too, I also have my regular bouts of laziness. I was actually feeling lazy to do work that’s why I wrote this post instead – at least I did something else that also productive. 😀

    Thanks guys for sharing your thoughts.

  4. this is very helpful- lalo na ngayon at rainy days, parang i want to sleep all the time. pero siyempre walang mangyayari kung hindi magwowork so there should be no room for laziness.

  5. Nice site!
    Thanks for the tons of information! I have posted your site in my sites and tweets as well, it’s really cool and helpful! Cheers!

  6. I agree with Tyrone. Its really hard to combat laziness when you don’t get challenged in what you are doing. This is my situation in my current job… But of course, I need to do something to push myself and be motivated. I do some sideline but challenging jobs. Because if not, i feel like becoming “bobo”. Doing some sideline jobs somehow help us to gain more knowledge and have personal growth, also in achieving your goals.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi, thanks for the advise. Most of them when i feel like wanted to get some things done, in the end nothing is accomplished. I felt that i am a loser and failure as my parent alway give me the feeling that they don’t expect anything from me.. The feeling is terrible. And also due to this,i felt depressed inside and alway in low productivity rate. How do i overcome this feeling?

  8. great post, seriously i ve been lazy for sometime due to my nature of job and failing to do what my happiness is all about , facing in this world where things are so systematic , routine and boring anyway guys i really need to kick out my laziness totally any advices ?

  9. Hi Nash! Laziness is sometimes the effect of being depressed, having a routinary or stressful job, not having enough rest or simply lack of motivation. You need to find ways on how to be creative in all the things that you do. Like being involve in sports every weekend or ask your friends to jog. Plan for an out-of-town activity. If feels good when you see green trees, breathe fresh air etc. It will regain your energy. Or study again your goals. Probably you need to remind yourself of where you want to go or what do you want to be in the future. And lastly, pray! Prayer is life’s fuel. Pray and you will keep going! 😉

  10. I agree that energy or lack of it is one of the major causes of laziness. Doing exercise even for just fifteen minutes will really do wonders. Nice post fitz! 🙂

  11. Great article! I think planning your day ahead or making to do list should help people do their tasks everyday. Whenever i feel lazy I always tell myself “tapusin ang pwedeng tapusin ngayon” it helps! ☺️

  12. My beautiful wife sets a gruelling pace for the family so I have no problem slacking during the day. I also love to read as does my wonderful bride, we both learn best that way. What has happened to me as I age, reading is like a natural sleeping pill. As much as I want to continue, it is so easy to nod off be it a book or an article on the computer. If only there were a natural way to counteract this.

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