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How Laziness and Inertia Can Make You More Productive

June 07, 2008 | 105,462 views

laziness, productivity, organization, productive, procrastination, successThere are ways to make your laziness work to your advantage. One example is automatic bill payment -- once you set it up, it becomes more of a hassle to stop them than to let them continue. Your bills get paid by inertia.

There are other ways that your innate laziness can work for you:

Automatic savings: 10 percent of your paycheck goes into a high-yield account with withdrawal penalties.

Subscribe to groceries: Amazon has a “Subscribe and Save” program that allows you to set up a subscription to common household goods. For things you need on a regular basis, a subscription can save you some last-minute dashes to the store.

Accountability partners: This is a good one for people working towards long-term goals. Find someone to ask you regularly how you’re doing. It will eventually be more stressful to not do something.

Habits: Building any positive behavior into a habit -- such as writing first thing in the morning or going to the gym after work -- is a great use of inertia. Once established, it becomes harder to break your habit than to just do it.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Personally, laziness and procrastination are not my strong suits. I’m completely inept when it comes to putting things off for later. However, I realize we all have a different cross to bear, and I believe these practical Lifehack tips can help turn a weakness into an advantage, which is always satisfactory no matter what your weakness is.  

I’m always on the lookout for ways to drive my productivity higher; ways of working smarter rather than harder so that all my time is not spent on doing what needs to be done, but leaves me time to do what I really want and enjoy. No sense in procrastinating getting to the good stuff either!  

Here are a few of my all-time favorite sources for increasing your productivity to squeeze more joy into your schedule:

  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen. Allen's approach to managing yourself and your world may be among the best advice you’ll ever find. It’s profoundly practical, realistic, hands-on, and superbly focused with hundreds of tips, tools, and techniques for improving your personal productivity. And for a measly $9 at Amazon, it’s a no-brainer investment.

I believe that most people who’ve already read and applied Allen’s information would say they’d have gladly paid $1,000 beforehand if they knew what his insights held in store -- not just in terms of motivation, but real methods to achieve higher levels of goal fulfillment, mental reassurance and honest-to-goodness organization.

  • The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss.
    If you’ve already mastered David Allen’s productivity tools, or you’re already quite successful and want to progress to the next level, nothing can quite beat the techniques in Ferriss’ book The Four Hour Work Week, which can indeed help you work less while still accomplishing more.

    As the Indiana Jones of the digital age, Ferriss shares his map of how to successfully find the hidden treasures buried somewhere in your currently too-busy life. 
  • The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)Ironic as it may sound, accepting yourself as you are is the first step in letting go of your self-sabotaging tendency to put things off. Using EFT to work on self-acceptance is a simple yet highly effective way to help you overcome procrastination.

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