Let me just make it clear that by “lazy” freelancers, I am not referring to people who do nothing except play Halo/COD and waste their entire day, rather people who generally work hard but laziness slows them down from time to time. It is those freelancers who can use their laziness as a strength to become more successful then other freelancers who are robots. We are the freelancers who would rather do the “lazy person’s rubics cube” (pic) as opposed to the real thing and we are sexy!
How much work?
When we feel lazy, we always look at piling work and the thought of the length of time and effort which the work will consume causes us to become lazy and start watching videos on youtube. When you ask yourself “How long will this take?”, actually answer your question and say to yourself “I don’t care, but I am going to work for the next three hours and that is it”. When you have only three hours after which you have the freedom to do what you want, you will actually work those three hours and work harder for your laziness.
The robot freelancers will spend hours working, I know one particular freelancer who will spend more than 12 hours working. If he was to analyse his time, he would find that the rate at which he is working is very slow. On the other hand if you don’t have 14 hours and rather only 3 hours to do something, you will spend those 3 hours actually working and working hard.
There may be instances when you are not in the mood to do work and therefore wish to procrastinate by playing Halo or sharing intimate details with stalkers on Facebook.
Instead watch a video, but a business related video, or something motivational. Do something which will motivate you, or spend time with you family or do some other form of work which you actually feel like doing.
When it is financially feasible for you, you may wish to delegate work which you do not enjoy. This will help get rid of those parts of your work which you slow you down and make you lazy. Usually the root cause of laziness is not enjoying the work which has to be done.
Steven Covey’s To-do list
When you are lazy, like me, do not do things which are not important. Robot freelancers who will just work all the time, will not take time out of their schedule to decide what is important and what is not. We lazy freelancers, on the other hand, can do this and cross off our lists those things which are not important and therefore can not be done.
Try to reward yourself with something which excites you, whatever it may be. Tell yourself that if you get to the bottom of your to-do list then you can spend time with your kids, or play COD or in fact talk to rapists on Facebook. Usually however, rewarding oneself with laziness is the answer. So many freelancers will be motivated by the simplest of concepts. “If I finish this, then I will be lazy!”. This is definitely going to get you ass moving! and you will end up as sexy as the guy in this pic :P
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