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Number one, lazy innovation.
There's a common saying that necessity is the mother of innovation. Every new invention aims to satisfy some kind of need. People needed to see without wearing glasses, so someone invented contacts. People needed to communicate with friends and family from far far away, so someone invented phones. I say the word need pretty loosely, more often than not these inventions don't really change our lives. It's not a life-or-death situation if we don't have a TV or a recliner chair. People want these inventions because they make their lives easier. Now the more you have, the less work you have to do. For example, plenty of people live their whole lives without a microwave. There are lots of other ways to cook your food but who wants to expend1 the effort if they don't have to. Wouldn't you rather just press a button and wait two minutes? Of course my point is that laziness and innovation go hand in hand, and not just because customers are lazy. Inventors are often the laziest people out there. We'll just look at Benjamin Franklin. He famously called himself the laziest man in the world. He said he would invent things simply to save himself a little bit of time and effort. He was tired of working so hard when he went swimming, so he invented flippers. He only created bifocals because he was too lazy to switch between different pairs of glasses. Lazy people make fantastic inventors since they're always looking for the fastest and most efficient way to get things done. Their laziness motivates them to find creative solutions. They'll improve, streamline2 and automate3 so they can spend less time doing things that they don't like. You can and should use your laziness the same way. When you're unwilling4 to do something, start looking for ways to save time. Not only is it more fun but you'll also find yourself more motivated to succeed. Think of it like driving to work in the morning. Now your normal route may only take you thirty minutes, but there's nothing you hate more than sitting in traffic, so you discover a shortcut5. You realize if you cut down a few side streets that you can completely skip the usual congestion6. Even if you only end up saving, say five minutes, your commute7 will feel significantly shorter and more exciting. Finding a workaround also gives you a unique sense of accomplishment8. It feels good to know that you're working smarter and not harder. So the next time you're not in the mood to work, use that laziness to your advantage.
Number two, listen to your thoughts.
Even when you're avoiding your responsibilities, your mind is actively9 thinking about them. You may discover you have a hard time enjoying whatever you're distracting yourself with. Your mind is too focused on your laziness to prioritize anything else. You end up feeling irritated and guilty because as much as you want to forget, well you can't. People are laziest when they're in denial. Imagine you have a paper due next week. In the back of your mind you know it's gonna be a ton of work. You still have to gather sources, find quotes, write your thesis, you know, the list goes on and on. Yet here you are spending hours on social media. You convince yourself you still have plenty of time, but your gut10 is telling you otherwise. Whenever you continue thinking about one thing, it means it's time to get started. Not tomorrow, not in a few hours, right now. Because this thought isn't just popping up out of nowhere. It's the productive part of your brain telling you the right thing to do. So don't try to block it out with TV or video games. You can use the same trick when you have a completely packed to-do list. If you're struggling to figure out what to do first, tackle the task that you can't stop thinking about. The longer you try to ignore it, the more frustrated11 you're gonna feel. You'll never feel satisfied until you get that big-ticket item out of your head.
Number three, the power of reliability12.
Even if you're great about setting new goals, you may have a hard time following through. You might make a to-do list and lay out specific concrete steps but what stops you from bailing14 at the last minute? Let's say you want to start working out. You research exercises, you buy gym clothes and you even get a gym membership. Yet you never actually show up. You end up watching TV or playing video games because, well, you can. If you decide to skip the gym for the tenth time, you're not affecting anyone but yourself. There's no one there to hold you accountable. You should use reliability to motivate yourself to do things that you normally wouldn't. So the next time you plan on going to the gym, ask one of your friends to meet you there. That way someone else will be counting on you to show up. They'll expect you to follow through, so if you don't you won't get off scot-free like you did before. Reliability is effective for a number of reasons, but trust is a big one. You show up because you don't want to blow off your friend. You invited them to the gym so you can't just bail13 because you're feeling lazy. Sitting around watching Netflix is a pretty terrible reason to damage a friendship. Reliability also motivates you because you want your friend to think highly of you. You want them to see you as someone who takes their goals seriously. So when you're on your own it's easier to fail because no one has to know about it. Your friends and family won't have a different opinion of you if you don't go. But now your friend will see firsthand whether you're following through or not. So you show up to make sure you leave a good impression. For the same reason you're more likely to actually try while you're there. You can't just leave after five minutes or sit on your phone the whole time. Sitting there watching your friend do what they're supposed to do will motivate you to follow suit. Finally, reliability can make things more fun. It gives you someone to talk to which relieves anxiety and stress. Your friend might also be more experienced so they can help you get the most out of whatever you're doing. If you're struggling to find motivation on your own, hey, there's no shame in calling for backup. The simple fact that someone else is involved will jumpstart your work ethic15.
Number four, undermine your fears.
Sometimes our laziness isn't really laziness. You might procrastinate16 or avoid doing something because well you're worried about what will happen when you try. You might have set your expectations way too high. You might feel an overwhelming amount of pressure to succeed. This can make even the smallest chores feel like huge responsibilities. You end up running away because you can't fail at something that you never actually do. Now to avoid this kind of laziness, check your expectations at the door. In other words, when you start a project, you only have one job and that's to start. Don't be afraid of making something terrible, just begin working on the first thing that pops into your mind. This gets you past that initial roadblock. Every project is way less intimidating17 when you're already halfway18 done. This is the same reason that teachers encourage their students to write rough drafts. You make something rough and imperfect to get an idea of where you're headed. Yeah it won't be very good because it's not supposed to be. There aren't any expectations or pressure, but you'll find that things seem a lot more doable afterwards. So when you're feeling lazy, don't be afraid to get a little messy. Improving something bad's a whole lot easier than making something perfect from scratch.
Number five, dress for productivity.
Where are you the laziest? Well if you're like most people you probably feel lethargic19 whenever you're trying to work or study in your room. And your clothes maybe the biggest reason why. Now everyone knows it's a whole lot more comfortable to work in sweatpants or pajamas20. If you're gonna spend all day doing something that you don't want to, you might as well be comfy, right? The truth is your clothes can directly affect your habits. This is one of the biggest reasons why so many companies make their employees dress up for work, even if they aren't interacting with customers. Your brain naturally associates your habits with your environment. Think about studying in your room versus21 studying in the library, the latter is way more efficient, because your brain doesn't see your room as a workspace. So when you're in your room, your brain unconsciously thinks about relaxation22 and sleep, because that's what it's used to doing. But the library puts you in a different mental space, this new environment primes your brain to work and think harder than it would anywhere else. Clothes work the exact same way. What are you usually doing when you wear sweatpants? Chances are you aren't taking tests or going to meetings, you're probably playing video games or watching TV. So that's what your brain thinks about when you're wearing them. The lazier your clothes are, the lazier you'll feel. To overcome this kind of laziness, change into clothes that help you focus. Don't worry, you don't have to wear a suit and tie. You should choose something you wouldn't mind wearing out into the world. This is an especially helpful tip for students and people who work from home. Yeah it's tempting23 to lounge around all day in your comfiest outfit24, but you need to tell your brain when it's time to shift gears. A change of clothing is an easy and effective way to do just that.


1 expend Fmwx6     
  • Don't expend all your time on such a useless job.不要把时间消耗在这种无用的工作上。
  • They expend all their strength in trying to climb out.他们费尽全力想爬出来。
2 streamline dtiwk     
  • We must streamline our methods.我们必须简化方法。
  • Any liquid or gas passing it will have streamline flow.任何通过它的液体或气体将呈流线型的流动。
3 automate oPLyy     
  • Many banks have begun to automate.许多银行已开始采用自动化技术。
  • To automate the control process of the lathes has become very easy today.使机床的控制过程自动化现已变得很容易了。
4 unwilling CjpwB     
  • The natives were unwilling to be bent by colonial power.土著居民不愿受殖民势力的摆布。
  • His tightfisted employer was unwilling to give him a raise.他那吝啬的雇主不肯给他加薪。
5 shortcut Cyswg     
  • He was always looking for a shortcut to fame and fortune.他总是在找成名发财的捷径。
  • If you take the shortcut,it will be two li closer.走抄道去要近2里路。
6 congestion pYmy3     
  • The congestion in the city gets even worse during the summer.夏天城市交通阻塞尤为严重。
  • Parking near the school causes severe traffic congestion.在学校附近泊车会引起严重的交通堵塞。
7 commute BXTyi     
  • I spend much less time on my commute to work now.我现在工作的往返时间要节省好多。
  • Most office workers commute from the suburbs.很多公司的职员都是从郊外来上班的。
8 accomplishment 2Jkyo     
  • The series of paintings is quite an accomplishment.这一系列的绘画真是了不起的成就。
  • Money will be crucial to the accomplishment of our objectives.要实现我们的目标,钱是至关重要的。
9 actively lzezni     
  • During this period all the students were actively participating.在这节课中所有的学生都积极参加。
  • We are actively intervening to settle a quarrel.我们正在积极调解争执。
10 gut MezzP     
  • It is not always necessary to gut the fish prior to freezing.冷冻鱼之前并不总是需要先把内脏掏空。
  • My immediate gut feeling was to refuse.我本能的直接反应是拒绝。
11 frustrated ksWz5t     
adj.挫败的,失意的,泄气的v.使不成功( frustrate的过去式和过去分词 );挫败;使受挫折;令人沮丧
  • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 这个工作很容易令人懊恼。
  • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 恶劣的天气破坏了我们出行的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 reliability QVexf     
  • We mustn't presume too much upon the reliability of such sources.我们不应过分指望这类消息来源的可靠性。
  • I can assure you of the reliability of the information.我向你保证这消息可靠。
13 bail Aupz4     
  • One of the prisoner's friends offered to bail him out.犯人的一个朋友答应保释他出来。
  • She has been granted conditional bail.她被准予有条件保释。
14 bailing dc539a5b66e96b3b3b529f4e45f0d3cc     
  • Both fountains were going furiously and both pumps bailing with might and main. 两个人的口水只管喷泉似地朝外涌,两个抽水机全力以赴往外抽水。
  • The mechanical sand-bailing technology makes sand-washing operation more efficient. 介绍了机械捞砂的结构装置及工作原理,提出了现场操作注意事项。
15 ethic ziGz4     
  • They instilled the work ethic into their children.他们在孩子们的心中注入了职业道德的理念。
  • The connotation of education ethic is rooted in human nature's mobility.教育伦理的内涵根源于人本性的变动性。
16 procrastinate 1ieyC     
  • Most often we procrastinate when faced with something we do not want to do.面对不想做的事情,我们经常拖延。
  • It's easy to procrastinate when the deadline seems infinitely far away.当最终期限总是遥遥无期时是很容易延期的。
17 intimidating WqUzKy     
vt.恐吓,威胁( intimidate的现在分词)
  • They were accused of intimidating people into voting for them. 他们被控胁迫选民投他们的票。
  • This kind of questioning can be very intimidating to children. 这种问话的方式可能让孩子们非常害怕。
18 halfway Xrvzdq     
  • We had got only halfway when it began to get dark.走到半路,天就黑了。
  • In study the worst danger is give up halfway.在学习上,最忌讳的是有始无终。
19 lethargic 6k9yM     
  • He felt too miserable and lethargic to get dressed.他心情低落无精打采,完全没有心思穿衣整装。
  • The hot weather made me feel lethargic.炎热的天气使我昏昏欲睡。
20 pajamas XmvzDN     
  • At bedtime,I take off my clothes and put on my pajamas.睡觉时,我脱去衣服,换上睡衣。
  • He was wearing striped pajamas.他穿着带条纹的睡衣裤。
21 versus wi7wU     
  • The big match tonight is England versus Spain.今晚的大赛是英格兰对西班牙。
  • The most exciting game was Harvard versus Yale.最富紧张刺激的球赛是哈佛队对耶鲁队。
22 relaxation MVmxj     
  • The minister has consistently opposed any relaxation in the law.部长一向反对法律上的任何放宽。
  • She listens to classical music for relaxation.她听古典音乐放松。
23 tempting wgAzd4     
a.诱人的, 吸引人的
  • It is tempting to idealize the past. 人都爱把过去的日子说得那么美好。
  • It was a tempting offer. 这是个诱人的提议。
24 outfit YJTxC     
  • Jenney bought a new outfit for her daughter's wedding.珍妮为参加女儿的婚礼买了一套新装。
  • His father bought a ski outfit for him on his birthday.他父亲在他生日那天给他买了一套滑雪用具。