You know what your to-do list is, but you haven't gotten to it yet. You're sitting on the couch wishing you were more productive, but instead you resign yourself to saying, "I'm just so lazy." If you find yourself in that spot, laziness isn't the core of your problem. Photo by Robin Corps.
As productivity site Goals Infinite explains, laziness is a symptom, not a disease. Even among those who would call themselves lazy, there's still at least a desire to do something. The site sums this up as "I want to do everything but end up doing nothing." If you begin your cycle wanting to accomplish something, then you at least don't want to be lazy. So, what's the problem?
The site offers a few possible explanations:
- You need to step outside your comfort zone for the next step.
- You lack commitment or motivation.
- You need a plan to get moving.
- You're overthinking it.
Every one of these scenarios can lead to inaction if you're not sure how to tackle them. Coincidentally, they also have different solutions than "Don't be lazy." If you don't have a plan, you need to come up with one. If you're afraid to make the first step outside your comfort zone, practise breaking out of it in smaller ways. Your laziness only indicates that you have a problem getting started.
"I want to do everything but end up doing nothing" [Goals Infinite via Reddit]