How to Overcome Laziness with These 5 Science-Backed Hacks
By Francesca F. / Learning Mind
It can be difficult to know how to overcome laziness when it’s so common in all of us.
There is a certain science behind laziness, which we need to understand in order to overcome it. Once we know the cause, it is much easier to know how to overcome laziness.
What causes laziness?
In a study of 40 volunteers, MRI scans provided images of the brain at peek brain activity as they decided whether or not to put effort in for a reward. When people make a choice to do something, the pre-motor cortex tends to activate before other areas of the brain that control movement. In those who were apathetic, the pre-motor cortex fired more than in the motivated.
Scientists think that this is due to the brain connections in those who are apathetic being less effective than in those who are motivated. Dr. Husain, a neurology researcher at the University of Oxford, explained that, “If it takes more effort to plan an action…Their brains have to make more effort.”
To really get motivated, it takes a lot more effort from your brains to motivate you into actually working. This makes it difficult to get started, as the first hurdle just seems too high.
So, is it possible to learn how to overcome laziness?
If your brain has to work harder to get you motivated, then there are a few ways to boost your brain activity and motivate yourself.
Timers are a great way of getting a boost of motivation in a short space of time. Set yourself a short timer, 10 or 20 minutes, and make a deal with yourself to get as much done in that time as possible. By forcing yourself to get started this way, you are much more likely to carry on with your project because you’ve already made progress in the beginning. Even if you don’t make as much progress as you may have wanted, at least you have done something. Sometimes, the fear of starting a project can be the biggest cause of laziness and we end up procrastinating.
Plans and Goals
If your task doesn’t feel so big, then it will take less brain power to motivate yourself into starting the project. Once you see yourself making progress it will be much less difficult to carry on making completing the project seem much more realistic.
Plan Your Breaks
By planning clear breaks, you know exactly when your breaks are and that you have them. It is suggested that a person can truly concentrate for about 45 minutes at a time, so plan a 15-minute break every 45 minutes to get the best performance from your periods of work. If you have more work to do, you can go up to an hour, but make sure you don’t overwork your brain.
You can practice laziness in a number of ways. Some use meditation, others use commitment techniques. Find what works for you and practice mindfulness techniques to boost your productivity.
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