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Dec 06, 2016 08:14 PM EST

Too Lazy To Work? Try These Tips to be More Productive Even When you don’t Feel Like Working


There are some days when you feel like you just want to sit around and watch Netflix, but do something at the same time to be productive. You still want to get things done and feel accomplished despite feeling lazy. If you think that all you need is the right motivation to get yourself started, what you actually need is to think ahead about what you need to do in advance to start the task, this is according to Robert Cialdini, a psychology professor at Arizona State University and author of the book "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion."

This is how you can convince your mind to get started.

  •  Use the "Zeigarnik effect". This refers to your ability to make your brain convinced that you have done or accomplished something for the day. If you do this, you won't have to leave work thinking about a task that you left unfinished.
  •  Take note of the magic words if, when, then. These words will help you set a clear goal in mind. For example, when you get to your office, you plan out what you will do for the day and you tell yourself. "If/when I sit at my desk as soon as I get to work, then I will begin checking my inbox for emails".
  •  Utilize sticky notes. This is a strategy proven by those who have made great achievements in their career. According to a study, when you expose yourself to words that connote success, you are increasing your likelihood for a better performance because it reminds you to exert an extra effort to work at something.
  •  Remember your commitments. This will help you get reminded of the things that you should be taking seriously.

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