If you sometimes wonder how long it will take for you and your sofa to reach some sort of symbiosis or if you tend to tell yourself that it won’t be worth the effort when you have an opportunity to go somewhere cool or do something awesome, then you should probably be diagnosed with the lazy flu.
But that’s okay. Penicillin won’t work, but there are other treatments to lessen or completely remove the symptoms of this all too common virus, allowing you to free yourself from this unnecessary condition. Here are some more specific remedies, recommended to you by our own Dr Yes (kidding, it’s just us!).
Ready to feel almost criminally well and energetic? Awesome, the doctor will see you now!
Pro Tip: Always cut yourself some slack. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your new life be. Just try to enjoy the journey as much as the destination! Oh, and lists. Never underestimate the power of the list!
A simple but very effective trick is to just move or remove things and situations that enable you to slack off. Hide the remote control. Put your alarm (aka phone) without reach so you’ll have to get up. Lend someone your car (or just the keys) so you won’t be tempted not to cycle to work. Sign up to some new hobbies and invite a friend so you feel the commitment.
It can be everything from having every single waking minute meticulously planned to rough guidelines that will still give you a lot of leeways; as long as it makes you finish all your tasks (put some fun in there too!), feel free to go a bit crazy! Doctor’s orders.
With some awesome habits, you’ll need less of the prescribed scheduling just mentioned. Why? Because awesome habits are pretty much second nature, meaning that you won’t have to write them down or remember to do them! Habits are pretty much a schedule on autopilot. We have a great post on how to create good habits!
This is a very neat, efficient habit to have: basically, whenever you see something that needs to be done, do it. Does the trash need emptying? Do it. Email? Reply. Bills? Pay. This will open up a lot of free time, as well as give you a mind free from (or at least with less) stress. Bingo.
Again, the main purpose of this treatment is to give both your physical self and your mind some more space to do all the fun things and fill up on amazing memories. By tidying, and getting rid of things you don’t need, your brain will have fewer distractions. Which leaves time for all sorts of interactions!
If it seems a bit too daunting to do a whole day, afternoon, or even an hour of something – be it work or planning an awesome trip – try breaking it up in smaller chunks. Perhaps working for just a bit or only looking at flights, not hotels, and then you take a break? Whatever works for you is your best strategy!
Yes. Be that teacher (or doctor!) that always knew what to say to make their students perform, and feel good while doing it. Be stern if you need to, but don’t forget to be encouraging and kind to yourself as well. You catch more adventures with honey than with vinegar!
If you really do enjoy those moments of laziness, make it a little prize for finishing all your tasks and things. You’ll value it more, and it’ll be a great carrot and motivator, too! Make it part of your new routine and set your lazy time to be the same every week so you know when to look forward to that next episode of Game of Thrones!
If you’re really present and focused on everything you do (even being lazy!) you’ll get more out of it, won’t feel as stressed (if you let go of all the musts for just a bit) and things will be a lot quicker to do. Another, very nice, benefit is that you won’t miss out on your life. It is for living, after all. Not constantly being preoccupied.
Your outer appearance can really make a difference in how you feel on the inside as well. It’s not about looking the way that people might expect, but rather about changing the way you see yourself.. If you don’t want to spend all day inside, put on some outside clothes. If you want to be a backpacker, then dress the part. It’s not about pretending to be someone or something else, but rather to envision a different version of you!
If you think that your lazy flu might come from you feeling overwhelmed, then don’t do all of it. Or at least don’t spend as much time and energy on everything you do. Focus on what’s important, and start there. It’s better to have properly crossed some things off your list than having to redo some tomorrow. Perfection is good, but not all the time!
Hopefully, you’ve been a good patient, taken all your metaphorical pills and feel motivated and full of energy by now (or after a while, no rush!), but if you feel like the treatment might not work, you can always book another appointment with the awesome Dr Yes (again, that’s us!)!