We all work somewhat cheaply, but it becomes a problem when you know that not finishing work on time will be a loss. But you still keep delaying.
If the habit of procrastination and laziness develops, it can have a detrimental effect on your health. You suffer from constant stress, postpone exercise, eat more unhealthy foods. Even if they go to the doctor despite the symptoms of a disease, they are reluctant to do so.
So can any research in the field of psychology free us from this habit and inspire us to work on time? In this regard, I will talk on forget laziness: 8 replacements you need to jump on immediately.
1. Don’t rely on willpower alone
Research by Ian Taylor, a sports psychologist affiliated with a British university. Shows that people often think that if we are determined, we can get rid of cheapness.
But as Ian Peter puts it, “strength of will is one of the different ways to create a passion for work. But it’s not the best way.”
Instead of relying on your willpower to ignore the undesirable aspects of any work. He says you should think that these aspects cannot be avoided. More importantly, you should avoid the unpleasant aspects. Can’t achieve their big goal by ignoring
For example, if you have been running for half an hour and now your muscles are aching. Then this pain is not necessarily a bad thing and it is necessary to battle against it. Supposing that you truly need to be fit, you need to understand. Pain must be a part of it.
2. Find something positive in the work you are avoiding
Is the real reason for postponing a task because you run the risk of failing?
University of Sheffield researcher Fuchsia Cirrus has been studying the issue of cheapness and procrastination for more than 15 years. Their research shows that the cause of this problem is not always the cheapness and misuse of time. But also the misuse of one’s emotions in the right direction.
If you are worried that you will fail at something. You look for excuses to postpone it and do not want to go through unpleasant emotions.
But if you think so, then keep circling the circle. Since you are already late, you now have less time to finish the job. Which increases the chances that you will fail. So you become more anxious and the chances of it You will start working.
The way to overcome this kind of thinking is to look for the positive in the work you have to do. Maybe you learn something new in it and you start having more fun than expected.
3. Plan ahead of time
If you know that there is something special that can make you dizzy. You should use the psychological strategy that “if… Then” it is called strategy. So if you plan ahead of time, think about what I would do if it happened.
For example, if someone tells you to meet for coffee this Sunday. But you know you have to study on Sunday, you can tell your friend to have coffee one evening together instead of the weekend.
When American psychologist Peter Gollwitzer studied 94 people who adopted this strategy. Peter realized that the chances of these people sticking to their plan were two to three times higher.
4. Reduce your discomfort
Make it as simple as you can to get begin.
Have you ever heard of ‘Choice Architecture’? A common example of this is when you are shopping and paying the shopkeeper. And he has some fresh fruit instead of chocolate. The result is that you start eating healthier things.
We can also apply this method to ourselves. For example, if you are thinking of going running after breakfast. You should wear exercise clothes. Similarly, the things you have to do in the morning. Put things on the table in front of you the night before. The result is that in the morning, you will start to do what you see first.
And one more thing to remember and that is to remove the things in front of you that distract you. For example, turn off the alert option on your computer screen. Turn off the sound of the mobile. And log off from social media.
5. Reward yourself
A new study by Caitlin Woolley of Cornell University in the United States has found that people tend to work harder. If their work starts to pay off immediately. Then when they are rewarded for their work and get it after waiting.
We like to work from chubby because we are happy by postponing complex work. And saying let’s get rid of this problem. The cure for this is to give yourself a better reward than a chubby reward.
A study by Catherine Milkman of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States found. That if people were allowed to listen to audios of very interesting books. While working out in the gym. So they’ll be back in the gym soon to find out what happened next in the story. Clearly, it will take time to get fit. But audio is an immediate reward or fruit for you.
Think about what might be best for you and decide for yourself. That you have to finish the job and take a breather.
6. Have a realistic picture of yourself
Most of us like to think that we will have more time in the future. So we hope that in the future we will work in a more organized way. And we think that then we will have more energy and we will be living a life where nothing goes wrong.
Obviously this will not happen. And that’s why we don’t know how long a task will take. This condition is called “planning fallacy”
I will give you an example of the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. It was announced in 1860 that the dictionary would be published two years later. But it was completed in 1928. And by that time, the material in this edition was so old that it had to be revised soon.
7. Have mercy on yourself
If you have already spent half a day on the internet today and you should go and do your job. Our suggestion to have mercy on yourself does not make sense. But the fact is that research has shown that people who sit and do nothing, lower their self-esteem.
And since these people are already cursing themselves for not working. It will not be helpful for them to have more negative thoughts.
A study of students who did not prepare for the exams found that students who forgave their laziness. Were more likely to succeed in their studies than those who persevered. And do not move forward by forgiving themselves.
Fuchsia Cyrus rightly says that most of the time we don’t treat our friends as hard as we treat ourselves. So we need to show the same level of compassion for ourselves.
8. Speak about yourself in the right way
What kind of language you use about yourself can also be very important.
A study was conducted in the state of California shortly before the 2008 presidential election. Some questions were asked from those who had registered to vote. They were gotten some information about “voting” or “what is your opinion about being a voter?”
We may not see much difference in the language of the two questions. But when election day came, 95% of those who were asked what it was like to be a voter went to the polls. In contrast, 82% of those who were asked for their views on the “voting” process went to the polls. This means when we see ourselves in a specific position, it also affects our behavior.
This means not presenting yourself as a person who sometimes runs away and even goes on a diet. Instead, think of yourself as a ‘workaholic’ and a ‘healthy person’. This will probably increase the chances that you will actually start running and eating good things.
Ian Taylor says that this tactic works and the reason is that by saying this. it becomes a connection between your personality and that behavior. Along these lines, “you are experiencing the disposition. Yet you are carrying on with the existence you need.”