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I'm naturally slothful-- any way to change this?

Asked by glenjamin (2481 points ) February 3rd, 2012

So I won’t call myself lazy in particular, but I always wait until the last minute to do important things and I usually don’t feel like doing much of anything except sleep and leisure activities. I feel like getting through the day is such a drag, and often I dread the tasks within. Coffee seems to get me focused and moving, but I don’t want to become a caffeine junky. Can I get myself out of this routine? Rationally I want to get everything done, I want to wake up early and prepare for the day yet I find myself hitting the snooze button several times. I want to get through the daily stuff at work early on but I drag thought it and finish later than I’d like. I am at conflict with myself, and my slothful side often wins out, which makes things harder. Any advice?
P.S. this probably comes from lifelong habits of procrastination and spending a surplus of time doing non-important (time-wasting) activities, and generally dragging my behind through life.

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SpatzieLover's avatar

Here’s a good article on reasons for procrastination.

My recommendation is always the same, no matter the reason causing the vicious cycle of inactivity: Set a timer.

Do jobs in small increments. List the jobs you need to accomplish daily, weekly and monthly. Then, check them off once you accomplish them. Wash floors for no longer than 10 mins. Run the vacuum for 5 minutes. Pick up clutter from one room each day.

If the procrastination is happening with work or school, make a list of the most important tasks you need to tackle. Begin them. Then work on them in increments.

Once you make a habit of accomplishing simple tasks, the success of the accomplishments will set you on to a new habit.

marinelife's avatar

Probably not. but you can try.

jazmina88's avatar

reward yourself for good behaviors.

Vitamin B gives energy.

Best of luck!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

I am so glad to read this because I was beginning to think I was the only one. I really don’t want to be like this, I HATE it and would do anything to pep up a bit. I have tried all types of vitamins and energy drinks and quite honestly, if I didn’t have to go to work, I would basically spend all day sleeping or napping. Now and again(rarely) I get a surge of energy and that is when I do housework or other such tasks. I’ve tried to take walks but after a few days I simply don’t have the required energy. I don’t want to believe that I was born lazy!!!!!

Coloma's avatar

I agree with @SpatzieLover and also…are you in a relationship? IF you want to have a relationship this could cause some serious issues. I dated a guy once that was a total slob, it didn’t last long. He was like a freaking 4 year old. Always scattered, disorganized, sloppy, forgetful, flakey. Bah!
Women like men that are proactive and take charge types, no woman wants to mother a little boy man and constantly be pushing him to clean up his stuff and get his act together.

augustlan's avatar

Ugh, I hear you. Procrastination is one problem, but the dread and that ‘just surviving the day’ feeling may be another one altogether. Have you considered that you might be clinically depressed? I was, and lived with that feeling for years longer than I had to. Treatment helped me a ton. I’m still a master procrastinator, but I don’t dread my days anymore. Just a thought.

glenjamin's avatar

@Coloma lol I’m married with 2 kids…. and I’m not THAT bad!!

Coloma's avatar

@glenjamin Well good! lol ;-)

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