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For certain days in a month, when I wake up in the morning, I will just be lazy to do anything. No reason. I don't know why. I'm just feeling like I have no motivation whatsoever.

Such a day will last the whole day, sometimes two or three days in consecutive, it is a huge drag on my productivity.

Anyway for me to beat off the laziness feeling?

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Only some days a month? I'd be lucky to not be lazy that many days! – Lodewijk Mar 24 '14 at 15:52

When being lazy, be as best as you can at that; lazy! Relax!

However, as David Allen (author of Getting Things Done) says: you can only be really relaxed when you are sure that the things you are not thinking about, are things you don't need to be thinking about...*

That sounds complex: Make sure that you have all the things that are on you mind on a place you trust you'll pick it up later again (agenda, task manager, inbox). Why? So you don't have to think about the things on that list, and fully can relax! Think of new things, just add it to that list.

On getting away from laziness there are a couple of things you could consider doing / thinking about.

  • cleaning; go and start your day cleaning old stuff away, just take 15 to 30 minutes (not more!), you'll feel invigorated to do more, use that renewed energy to do something else than cleaning.

  • just starting; sometimes it helps to delude yourself in thinking you will only work a little bit on something. Writing 15 minutes on your great unstarted novel is more then nothing. Better yet, you increase the chance you get into a flow, and work for an hour or a day on that task, and feel you didn't work at all! Also in this technique you don't feel any guilt if you 'just' did 15 minutes, because that was your target after all!

Both have to do with this method:

  • chunking; have really big complex projects that dawn onto you? consider chop them into bite-size tasks! Make a project outline, always keep two things in mind: What does finishing that project look like? That is your goal. And what is the next physical action to going towards that goal.

More you can read up on this in David Allen his excellent books; Getting Things Done, and Making it All Work. Also available as audiobooks. I myself got started on the GTD-bandwagon via Getting-Things-Done-Fast, an unauthorized audio seminar of David Allen before he wrote the book.

Good luck being as lazy as you can be!

*I'm probably paraphrasing that sentence, but it sounds like what I heard him saying once in an interview.

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Sure, power of logic. let the explain: if wake ultra lazy, lazy as even cannot step away from bed; just grab a book or open an article on your phone and hit the reading a little.

Even random readings will make you enable to do something. I don't know through the science behind but it works like hell. Also, when you read about working tecniques, or gym tips, you are being inclined to hitting gym or work too.

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I find that when I am in "lazy" mode my tendency is to simply read a lot. The problem is, productivity is defined by how much I output, not how much I input. Getting into input-only mode is my problem, getting out of that into output mode, that is a problem that more reading won't solve. – Michael Mar 17 '14 at 21:38

I find the best solution is to just relax. You're forcing burnout by making yourself do something when you just can't. Willpower is much like a muscle. You can train it to be much stronger over time, but every now and then you'll have to go light if you've had a long week.

If you're feeling unproductive, just write a todo list for the days when you start feeling productive again. You're probably better off taking time off and watching an epic movie for inspiration. I bought a copy of Iron Man for the purposes of inspiration, because I'm a techie and the movie makes engineers look like superhero. For quick inspiration, I use Bollywood action scenes backed by the Guile theme song.

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The antidote to lazy day is action.

How to do this:

  1. Do something, not matter how small, that will make you stand and move.
  2. Then do another thing.
  3. Then another thing.
  4. Until your day becomes a productive day.

Most people go through this phase. Even I, who conduct productivity seminars, still find myself some days too lazy to do some things. But if we develop a system that will remind us that there is really no lazy day because we can influence the color of our days, then we will not be dependent on our mood -- or for the mood of the day.

  1. To ensure that you'll have something to start daily, make your to-do list visual. Post it in areas where you can easily see them.

  2. When are you going to write them? Write them the day before. Make your daily actions automatic.

If you feel that today is a lazy day,again pick something to do, then another one, then another one.

You can make every day a productive day.

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