In a world of instant gratification and on-demand services, our attention spans are shorter than ever. For many, even reading a chapter of a book can prove an uphill battle.
And that’s a shame, because not only are we looking down rather than up, but we are also becoming subservient to innovative technologies without doing anything innovative ourselves.
But even the most successful people in their fields are prone to lazy days and distractions. The only difference is that they see the importance in doing what they’ve always imagined without succumbing to lazy habits innate in us all.
Here are ten lazy habits successful people avoid.
1. They don’t spend hours of their days on social media
Social media is a killer to productivity. It makes people passive and idle, and before you know it, you’ve spent a whole hour refreshing a news feed that hasn’t given you anything beneficial other than the occasional giggle from a newborn kitten playing with an antelope.
So…. TURN IT OFF. If you want to get stuff done, limit distractions. Phones are often the number one distraction, so by making yourself unavailable to calls and messages, you are also making procrastination tools unavailable as well.
2. They know the importance of not always saying “yes”
Saying yes to everything can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Projects, social occasions, favours. It all adds up to the point where you honestly wonder if you may soon spontaneously combust. Well, it probably isn’t that bad, but if you are prone to being a yes man or woman, it isn’t- what popular belief will always tell you- always a good thing. Sure, you’re less idle, and you’re missing out on fewer things, but how in charge do you feel?
For successful people, they realise the balance between yes and no. Like saying “yes” can lead to great things, so can it’s opposite. Saying “no” allows us to have more time to ourselves and to focus on a goal we’ve always wanted to complete. Remember, like with anything in life, you need time. Time is necessary for out personal development and the more you give away, the less fulfilled you’ll feel.
3. They never feel sorry for themselves
We are all guilty of this. And that’s not a bad thing. You should never feel guilty for feeling upset. Anger, heartbreak, bitterness. These are all human emotions that encompass human life, and to tell everyone who’s going through a tough time to get a grip is the last thing we at Loopfy are suggesting.
What we want you to believe, however, in the importance of will-power and perseverance. So often, those going through turmoil and bouts of sadness see it as a sign they’re no good. They aren’t worth the soil they stand on.
In the short-term, said mindset might make you feel less guilty for being active, but overall, those who allow their feelings of self-doubt and sadness to dictate their lives soon find themselves sleeping in a swamp of regrets. Don’t let that be you.
4. They are always willing to step out of their comfort zone
Comfort zones are there for our safety but after a while, everyone needs to fly from the nest. Of course, people with anxiety problems or acute shyness find it harder than others, but by really trying to do something special with your life, it’s inevitable you will have to do things you aren’t always used to. It could be pitching your business idea to angel investors. Or reading your novel out loud to potential customers. It may even be as simple as gearing yourself up for a date. Whatever it is, embrace the thrill and excitement of it all.
5. They aren’t afraid to take risks
Risk taking is synonymous with entrepreneurship and success. You’ve probably read at least one article about the latest tech billionaire who risked it all in the pursuit of his vision becoming a reality or an actor who was down to his last dollar before he finally won that life-changing role.
Granted, said examples are extremes and for every success, there are hundreds of people whose stories won’t provide the fairytale ending we all want and love. But even for those who fail, at least they tried. Tying is a risk in itself.
As one of the most ingenious minds of our era once said, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… Ina world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
6. They never take others for granted
It doesn’t take a billionaire tech wizard to realise that our loved ones won’t be around forever. And while being kind and grateful won’t exactly improve your productivity, what it will do is give you a sense of perspective. You’ll realise that life is full of love and that by having it in your life, you can go onto achieve anything you set your mind too. Most of all, you’ll invest heavily in the overused phrase ‘you only live once.’
7. They aren’t obsessed with perfection
Modernity has brought with it a whole string of ideas about what perfection is. Money and beauty, it seems, dictate to us that we must have to be a success. If you aren’t David Beckham or Julia Roberts, then at least try and imitate their looks and wealth by becoming like them many will tell you.
What a load of rubbish. You should never feel pressured to be anyone but yourself. The biggest successes in life realised that early on in life. They didn’t care what others thought of them. All that mattered to them was that they succeeded in what they wanted, as opposed to what others wanted and expected of them. They defied convention. And so should you.
8. They never delay decisions or tasks
Why delay something when you can tackle it head-on? For successful people, tasks are seen as challenges that must be completed sooner rather than later. It can apply to any walk of life. School, relationships, chasing a dream. Whatever it is, JUST DO IT!
9. They rarely mess with their routine
Routines are a staple part of many people’s lives. For some, it could be going to the gym four times a week before work. For others, it could be reading a chapter of a book each day. Whatever it is, and however grand the project or daily rituals are, they will always stick to it.
Just ask the famous novelist Haruki Murakami. In his famous book ‘On Running’ the author, who regularly runs 10km after he writes, describes the importance that a healthy mind can have in never giving up that sometimes elusive chase. “All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says.”
10, They never compare themselves to others
Most importantly, they never compare their productivity levels to that of another person. Sure, others might be able to write 4,000 words a day, but if they know writing 2,000 a day for three hours works for them, then why bother changing it?
There will always be people in life who do things on a larger scale or who look more desirable, and for many that can be intimidating and put people off doing stuff altogether. But that’s life! Everyone is different, and once you know what works for you, then you’ll find success, regardless of others skill sets and work rates.