10 Tips On How To Stop Being Lazy And Unmotivated


A woman being lazy and unmotivated by watching TV.

It is normal for you to have a feeling of reluctance and hesitation towards completing certain tasks at specific moments. Sometimes, this attitude can be referred to as being lazy and unmotivated.

Laziness is not a healthy attribute because it prevents you from completing all your important activities appropriately and in due time.

When you keep putting off important tasks because you distract yourself by engaging in other activities that are less productive, you only compound the problem. 

This makes everything more exhausting. Furthermore, you also become more stressed out while organizing the important items you have been postponing.

To solve this problem, you have to first recognize and realize some of the causes. These can include procrastination, lack of motivation, exhaustion (both physically and mentally), and distractions.

Here are ten tips on how you can stop being lazy and unmotivated towards important tasks, duties or responsibilities.

1. Believe In Your Own Ability

The truth is that you are your own biggest support system. Therefore you have to trust your inherent capability to be productive and useful in all that you do.

Having faith in your ability to start, follow up and complete all of your activities on time is crucial when dealing with feelings of laziness. 

Only you can have the inner strength and willpower to overcome obstacles that stand in your way of seeing an activity through to completion.

It is never too late for you start believing in your own ability. First, however, you need to stop finding reasons to not do it.

2. Have A Plan

When you have a comprehensive plan that details the time and energy to complete all the items on your to-do list, you are setting yourself up for success.  

A plan can serve as a guide and provides you direction on how to go about accomplishing the various goals or activities in your life. Planning is an essential aspect to successfully complete an activity.

You should also have it in mind that when you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. However, you need to remember that a plan without action is not much use.

Without taking action and implementing your plan, you are no closer to achieving your goals.

3. Set Realistic Expectations

The benchmark for your goals should be practical and logical. Do not try to take on more than you can handle within a certain period of time.

This is because while you are processing and evaluating all that you need to do, your brain is constantly calculating the amount of energy that you will require to complete each task.

Therefore, to prevent exhaustion, and loss of interest or motivation, you need to set realistic expectations that are within your capabilities.

By doing so you increase your chances of tackling it head-on while limiting the likelihood of you losing interest or having cold feet.

4. Imagine The Consequences Of Your Reluctance 

If you want to stop being lazy and unmotivated, then you should try and imagine the impact of your reluctance in completing your work. Think big picture. Think about what you will lose due to your unwillingness to start a task and see it through to completion.

Being too lazy to start and finish a job application might mean you are losing out on an opportunity to work at your dream job. Or being too lazy to keep up a consistent gym routine might mean you will not achieve your fitness goals.

The fact is, there is power in your imagination. If you can visualize what you will suffer from not doing something, then you will want to avoid that scenario from happening in reality.

At the moment you might feel lazy and unmotivated to complete a task, but take a step back and think about the big picture. As a result, you will be less reluctant to take the lazy route, and more interested in putting in the work to accomplish your goals.

5. Take Reasonable Breaks

Studies show that laziness can be cateogrized in a number of different ways. One of the most popular categories is fatigue.

Fatigue can be experienced when you are exhausted or feeling weak after engaging in strenuous activity. As a result, it may result in you feeling sluggish and unmotivated to continue to finish tasks that require significant attention to detail or brainpower. 

You should also remember that you become less productive as you become more tired because you start to lose focus and concentration. Therefore, you should reward yourself with a well-deserved break throughout your day at convenient times or after completing mini-milestones.

A quick break, especially one outdoors, will help you clear your mind, refocus and return motivated to complete the activity that you are working on.

6. Envision What You Are Going To Achieve

Similar to the consequences of not completing your work (discussed in tip 4), this tip requires you to think of the positive impact that completing your current priorities will have on any of your future endeavors.

When you envision yourself growing and achieving success, then you will garner the courage to do more by channeling your effort and energy to the tasks at hand.

When you realize that a lazy attribute will be an obstacle and hindrance to your progress, the motivation sets in immediately. You can now make the necessary changes that will foster growth and productivity in what you do.

7. Identify The Value Of Your Work

When changing your mindset it is also crucial that you recognize the significance of the work you do and the value it provides to others.

By taking a lazy and unmotivated approach to completing your work, others may suffer as a result.

An example may include a co-worker who requires you to complete your work in order for them to accurately complete what they were tasked with.

When what you do does not seem like it’s worth your time, effort and energy, you will become unproductive and inefficient as you procrastinate.

To overcome this, you have to not only think about what you need to do, but also think of why it is important for you to do it, and how it affects those around you.

Identifying the value of your goals will make your work seem worth your time.

8. Keep Track Of Your Progress

You have to understand that true progress happens over time and one way you can be certain of progress is to keep track of it.

As you slowly change your habits from the better, you need to remember that each slight improvement matters and you should take note of it.

Even if it seems to be insignificant, you will appreciate the role it will play when you are lacking motivation or feel low. 

Accomplishments and achievements should be tracked and recognized throughout all aspects of your life. Look back on your accomplishments when you are feeling lazy and unmotivated, remember how you felt when you achieved your goals.

Taking a look back at your previous achievements can give you an extra dose of encouragement to push forward, overcome obstacles and defeat your fears.

9. Avoid Distractions

Distractions are the ever so familiar cause of laziness. You must realize how detrimental it is for you to indulge in your favorite distractions, especially when you are supposed to be completing a task.

For each distraction, you are first abruptly interrupted from the task you are working on. Secondly, you deal with the distraction, and then finally, you take a few minutes to refocus on your task.

A better approach would be to implement the ‘work time-downtime’ principle. It successfully helps you stay focused on what you are working on by removing all distractions from your work area.

It works by allocating at least one-quarter of downtime for yourself for the amount of time you worked on completing a task. For example, if you work for let’s say two hours non-stop, you can have at least 30 minutes of downtime.

During this downtime, you can then engage in your fun activities (non-work activities), without feeling guilty knowing that you are taking a well-deserved break.

However, you need to be disciplined with your timelines for the best results. When the downtime is up, the work time should begin immediately.

10. Maintain A Positive Attitude

Remember that you are only human. Sometimes you might slip up and make some mistakes, regardless of how hard you are working to stay focussed and motivated.

Maintaining a positive attitude in these scenarios will help you to stay on track and inspired to accomplish your goals.

Failing multiple times does not mean you should give up on your goals. You can not let failure diminish your morale and motivation.

As you work on self-improvement, remember to maintain a positive attitude towards yourself and the work you are completing. As a result, you can continue to grow and develop into the person you want to be.


While it is possible for you to dream about being successful and living your best life, it is not possible to achieve these dreams without you starting to take action.

It all starts with a step. By taking a step in the right direction, you are taking charge of your life. You are deciding that you will sidetracked by unmotivating factors such as your fears, insecurities, or hesitations.

When you tackle the causes of your laziness and lack of motivation head-on, you free yourself of the limitations of these unhealthy attributes.

By doing so you become more productive, effective and efficient in all that you do.


The realization that there are 86,400 seconds each day. What are you doing today, so that tomorrow you are a step closer to where you want to be? If not now, then when?

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James

Hi, I'm James! I want to help you make the most of your day by providing helpful tips and informative articles on motivation, time management, productivity, and happiness.

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