One of my biggest faults (only one of the list of many..) is my laziness. If I don’t have to, I don’t want to and I probably won’t. The greatest example of this is in my schoolwork. I wait until the due date to start and finish. That includes small discussion posts and large 10 page papers.
My husband would be the first to tell you that it definitely is not the best way to do it and give thirty examples of how it stresses me out every week. But, I still haven’t changed my ways.
This laziness and procrastination works its way into other areas of my life, like in the load of laundry in my dryer, or the giant bag of Goodwill donations I can see out of the corner of my eye.
I will get to it, just not right now.
How often do you find yourself saying that? I am sure I am not alone in this mantra. But, how often do we say that to God? How often do you find yourself hitting the snooze button when you wake up, making small promises to do your quiet time during nap time, or before going to bed. And for me, if I snooze Jesus, it is guaranteed to be an uphill battle-of-a-day. I have been working on eliminating this area of laziness. I have been working hard at it for over a month now, and I have seen such changes in my heart and in ALL areas of laziness (except that donation bag…).
So, here are a few things I am using daily to fight my laziness in the ordinary and in my relationship with God. To my surprise, they overlap greatly.
5 Tips for Fighting Laziness
1. Make Time for Jesus in the Morning
This is something you hear all the time. But that’s because it is so important! I understand completely that there are days that it just doesn’t happen. But those days should be few and far between. This time doesn’t need to be 40 minutes long, it can be 5 minutes. But for those 5 minutes, push aside the to-do’s and the lists, and really dig into His word.
Morning devotionals are such a great tool and I love the various versions I have. But I have found that if I am in THE word, His word, that I am better prepared for the day. And our God is powerful, and He will use those committed 5 minutes in great ways within your day. I started small with this morning time. I am up early each morning to work as it is, so getting up even earlier seemed challenging. But I found those 5 minutes too short, I became hungry for more and I seek other times of the day to read more.
2. Make a Reasonable List
Making lists is one of my favorite pass-times. I love making lists for everything: goals, food I want to try, places I want to visit, books I want to read, memories I want to capture…you get the point. I love lists. But something I always found was when I sat down to make my list for the day I would plan out pretty much everything that needed to be done. The list was long and lonely led to disappointment as I crawled into bed feeling defeated.
I changed the way I plan the day by picking my Big 3 for the day: 1 chore, 1 task, and 1 personal (workout, shave my legs, homework, etc.). There is more to the list, but I knew that if I made this list with 3 big, nonnegotiable pieces, that I would feel successful for the day.
I found myself more motivated to continue on after the Big 3 were completed because it wasn’t nearly as overwhelming. Plan your Big 3 for the day, let go of the stress of the rest.
3. Batching Days
This is a lesson I learned from Emily P. Freeman and her podcast, The Next Right Thing. Emily suggested this idea of assigning a theme for the day.
You layout the big themes in your life; be it homework and school, deep cleaning your house, writing, work, etc. Then you take those themes and assign them to a day of the week that you will take to focus fully on that theme. This does not mean you don’t do any chores on a day that isn’t devoted to cleaning, but your main to-do’s and tasks aren’t focused around cleaning the toilets on your food preparation/meal planning day.
This simple task frees up a significant amount of mental space. You are not thinking about all of that hats you wear- but simply on the one you are wearing that day.
4. Go Outside
My inner-hippie is coming out. But bear with me. Go outside every day. Not just to get to your car, or to take the trash out. Go outside for a few minutes when you are overwhelmed, when you are feeling sluggish and like you don’t want to get off the couch.
Get up, go outside.
If it is raining, grab a hoodie.
Snowing? Grab a hat and scarf.
Even if you don’t have yard, go on the porch or go stand in the courtyard.
God created the beauty of this world for us to be able to further see Him. He made it so we could enjoy it! When I take time to go outside for a few minutes and really think about this truth, and see the wonder of our Creator, I am able to spend a sweet moment with Him and thank Him for it all. This small moment truly does change my mood, I encourage you to give it a try. And take your kids with you! It does wonders for their moods as well.
5. Accept Grace
I am hesitant to say this, because I think that as a generation we tend to live from our grace in a different way than the Bible instructs. Our grace is not an excuse to live in sin or to live in laziness. But, we do fail. We are not perfect and we never will be until we are resurrected by our King.
If you didn’t get everything done, not even your Big 3, that’s ok! If you had an unexpected event, an illness, a friend who needed you or you simply just spent the day on the ground reading to your kids, thats ok!
We are not to keep these earthly desires, these treasures (Matthew 6:19-20), close to our heart. There are more important things that come up and that God uses to reveal Himself to you and to others through you. Do not punish yourself for times that do not go as planned. Accept the grace that you are given and get up and try again tomorrow.
Give These a Try
I could go on about all of these different tips, but these are the short and sweet versions. I pray that you find one or two or five of these tips encouraging.
How do you fight laziness? I would love to hear some of your tips and tricks!
Hi! I'm Alana
I am so glad that you stumbled upon Tired Mom Life. This is my small corner of the internet where I share my heart, what God is doing in my life, and how I work to see Him in all of the jumbled life of being a mom, wife and follower of Christ. My prayer is that God is able to touch you through my experience and that you will be encouraged that you are not alone, and you are so loved.
I am a young-mother to my 1 year old daughter, and a wife to the spiritual leader of my prayers. I love being outside, going for walks, writing and being with my family. I am excited to be pursuing this God-given passion of writing and I am so thankful you have decided to come along.
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