7 Causes of Feeling Lazy and What to Do About It

Do you sometimes believe you are lazy? Do others accuse you of being lazy? You probably answered “yes” to one of these questions or you wouldn’t be reading this article. Or, it may be that you know someone who is lazy and want to better understand why they are that way. Well, there is no better time than today to learn more about laziness, the possible causes of feeling lazy, and how to address it.

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An occasional lazy day is not an issue. Everyone knows what it’s like to feel lazy on occasion. Even the most successful people allow themselves to have lazy days once in a while.

However, if you habitually feel lazy, it’s time to evaluate the situation and begin taking steps toward improved feelings. Life is too short and precious to waste. You could be making better use of your time if you’re feeling lazy on a regular basis.

7 Possible Causes of Feeling Lazy and How to Take Control of Your Time

1. Are You Lazy or Just Procrastinating

You may not be lazy at all. It may simply be a case of dreading what you need to do. Procrastination is often mistaken for laziness, however, the result is the same. Take the time to consider the reasons why you aren’t taking action. You might be surprised and discover that the real problem is procrastination

2. Low Motivation

It’s difficult to generate motivation without taking action. Motivation is really more of a symptom of laziness rather than a cause. One of the best ways to create motivation is to take action. When you are able to see some progress, then it’s natural that increased motivation will follow.

We all know it isn’t easy to take action when you don’t feel like doing it, but if you will use willpower to take that first step the result will be worth the effort. Taking action when you don’t feel like it is a skill worth working on.

3. Fatigue

Let’s first assume that the fatigue you feel is not the result of an illness. If you have any doubts about whether that may be the cause, then please seek medical advice. Fatigue not caused by an illness can lead to laziness.

laziness caused by fatigue

Cropped Photo entitled “Sleepy” by Alexandra E. Rust is Licensed under CC BY 2.0

It takes a certain amount of energy to do anything and maintain a positive attitude. Lack of sleep can cause fatigue. If you are suffering from insomnia, then you might want to see a doctor, but if you’re staying up too late because you don’t want to go to bed, then it’s up to you to change that habit. No one else can do it for you.

It’s hard to imagine feeling like getting much done if you’ve had just a few hours of sleep. And, of course, you will feel lazy in that situation. Make sure you get the rest you need to start your day feeling refreshed.

4. Lack of Interest

Some tasks are boring or inconsequential to you. It’s like when your mom insisted that you keep your room clean. More than likely you didn’t care if your room was clean or not as long as you could get to your bed without too much difficulty.

Try asking yourself what the benefits are to you. What is it possible for you to gain by taking this action? For example, you might get a promotion, a raise, or recognition for a job well done.

5. Lack of Interest

If you expect to fail it isn’t easy to feel excited and motivated to do something. Laziness can be a symptom of hopelessness. Hopelessness is the belief that your time and effort won’t make an impact on your life.

lack of interest causes feelings of laziness

Your actions do have an impact on your life whether you believe it or not. You can prove this to yourself by setting a small goal and achieving it. If the only impact it has is an improved feeling, then it was worth the effort.

6. Indecisiveness

Some people believe they are lazy when the real problem is an inability to make up their minds.  You can’t take action if you don’t make a decision. Choosing something is better than choosing nothing. Pull the trigger and do the best you can.

Even if you don’t see the benefits immediately, things have a tendency to eventually work out if you take action. And remember that making a decision doesn’t mean it is written in stone. If you begin to take action and determine another decision might have been better, then you have the option to correct your course of action.

indecision causes feelings of laziness

Recall your values and what you wish to accomplish in your life. Use this information to weigh your options. It may help you see that one option stands out over others. If you find it impossible to make a decision rolling dice is better than doing nothing. Don’t laugh… it really is better.

7. Lack of Direction

Do you have goals? Do you feel that you have a purpose in life? A lack of direction leads to indecisiveness and a lack of motivation. If you aren’t sure what to do with your life you may decide that doing nothing is better than taking action and doing the wrong thing. This is faulty thinking. Any progress is better than none. Plus, the longer you wait, the harder it is to get started and may lead to a feeling of being paralyzed when it comes to taking action.

What’s the Conclusion

After reading this article and considering the above possible causes of feeling lazy, what is your conclusion? Are you lazy? Or is it something else? Regardless of what the reason for lack of action happens to be, what you choose to do about it is more important.

I hope that you will use this information to figure out what’s going on and get yourself back on track. You only have so many days on this beautiful planet. It’s imperative that you use them to create the life you want to live!

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