What Causes Laziness?

Laziness is also termed as indolence or sloth and is defined as the failure to do what you are supposed to do, despite having the ability to do it.

Laziness is a vice that slowly creeps in and begins to hold you captive. It interrupts your life and prevents you from getting to where you are supposed to be. At first you feel as though you are having a deserved rest, then gradually you start tolerating and entertaining laziness, finally it fully sets in and becomes a part of who you are.

Understanding this vice and everything that comes with it will help you curb, escape and even recover from it. The question that you should be asking yourself is ‘Why am i lazy?’ and ‘How can i overcome laziness?’


The first step to defeating laziness is understanding the main causes of laziness.

10 Main Causes Of Laziness

1. Procrastination

Laziness is usually bred from postponing something that needs to be done. It might be urgent or not but why postpone it while you can do it now?

When lazy people are faced with a simple task such as dish washing that they can do right away they postpone it for later. Before they know it, another day has come and the dishes are still piling up in the sink. The more they pile the less likely you are to get started as the task has become so much larger.

Procrastination only makes things harder and entertains laziness. The main thing to overcoming this is, if something can be completed now and you have the time then do it now! It really is a state of mind, that enables you to get it done. If the task takes longer and you don’t have the time to do it right now then schedule some time to get it done.

For more information on 40 super effective ways to beat procrastination, click here.

2. Distraction

When working, does your mind wander over to other things that are totally unrelated? If yes then you are distracted. The more you get distracted the less likely you are to complete the task.

The most common causes of distraction is social media, talkative friends and thinking about exciting upcoming events. In order to overcome laziness in this case, switch off all sources of distraction. Focus on how much time you waste on on these sources of distraction and then determine what you could achieve by using this time effectively. I’m not saying to cut your self off completely but you may need to moderate the time you spend on these distractions.

Today’s lifestyle tends to have us busy from dawn to dusk and we hardly have time to think clearly and plan for our future.

3. Poor Lifestyle Choices

Laziness caused by poor lifestyleSome people live unplanned and totally careless lifestyles. They stay up late doing things that are not important at all such as chatting on social media, watching movies and texting. Most active people on social media can confess that hours pass by without their noticing. Before they know it, its way past midnight yet they’ve got to be up early in the morning for work.

Social media tends to consume too much of everybody’s time. It keeps you busy just trying to stay up with what other people are doing and prevents you from doing what really matters. If you are a victim to this, you will experience a drowsy day whereby it is characterized by laziness and inability to get work done.

Your mind needs adequate rest and when it doesn’t, it dramatically affects your ability to perform tasks in an effective manner.


4. Exhaustion

Sometimes we work ourselves too hard at work. By the time we’re get home, we feel exhausted, we can barely take our shoes off, let alone spend some quality time for ourselves, our family or our friends.

Activity even mental activity requires energy and a clear mind. When we are exhausted, our mind is dulled and prevents the body from functioning effectively. It is therefore advisable to plan how you are going to spend your time, and divide your responsibilities wisely in order to get the important things done.

On the other hand, lazy people exhaust themselves doing non-important things such as partying, roaming and playing video games hence leaving the important things undone.

5. Indecisiveness

Life is all about the decisions you make. Some people’s minds are never made up or they can’t decide, and this can lead to indecision or laziness. You might start thinking about things to do in the morning and by noon, you still haven’t decided yet. This means that you have wasted half a day. By the time you decide, there isn’t enough time left to do it. This is a wasted day and the fact that no chore or duty has been done constitutes to laziness.

6. Poor Nutrition

What you eat determines your energy levels and brain activity.

If you don’t eat a well balanced diet, you deprive your body of the fuel that enables it to perform and hence your question ‘why am i lazy?’

When you are feeling too weak or rundown to get things done, laziness sets in. A minor chore such as filing papers will exhaust you so much that you will require a lot of rest to recover the energy. At the end of the day, you will have very little to show for it.

7. Lack of Motivation

Motivation fuels you up to do whatever needs to be done and in good time. If you love your job then you will be motivated to get things done correctly. If you don’t have motivation, you will always find reasons as to why you cannot get things done.

Some people especially those that are stuck in dead end jobs find all manner of reasons to explain their lack of performance. Such people never get things done and the more stuck they feel the more lazy they become.

8. Lack of Self Worth

If you believe in yourself, you will have the drive to get things done at home and at work to make your life comfortable.

On the other hand, those that don’t value themselves find no reason to even observe simple self hygiene. They live in dirty houses, wear dirty clothes and generally live lazy lives simply because they do not think that they deserve any better.

9. Irresponsibility

Irresponsible people tend to be lazy people. A perfect example of this is people who hire others to do tasks that they can do but don’t want to for instance nannies, gardeners, personal assistants. Having everything done for you makes you lazy and disabled.

Children brought up in families where everything is done for them end up living very irresponsible lives.

10. Too Much to Do

When one is overwhelmed with things to do, your brain tends to become confused and slows down.

The person convinces themselves that they simply cannot do it. When one is convinced that the task at hand is too much for them, they see no reason to even start hence entertaining the idea of laziness. Doing a never ending chore is also likely to de-motivate you and lead to procrastination.

How To Eliminate Laziness

1. Figure Out the Real Issue

Laziness in most cases has a reason behind it. When you feel it creeping in, stand back and access the situation. Are you afraid, overwhelmed, sick, energy deprived, stuck or uninspired towards the task at hand? When you find out where the problem is, work on eliminating it.

If your co workers are distracting you, move to a more quiet place and get the job done. If the dishes in the sink seem too many, divide them and purpose to wash only one half. You will be surprised to find out that you’ve washed them all.

2. Get Organized

A cluttered environment clutters your mind too and leads to laziness. Ensure that your home, car, office, purse and bedroom are well organized.

This will motivate you to maintain the cleanliness as well as help you relax and think more clearer. Wash dishes as soon as they land in the sink even if its a single cup, plate or spoon. You will be motivated to keep it that way hence eliminating laziness. The more they pile the less likely you are to wash them.

3. Value Yourself

Since lack of self worth breeds laziness, believe in yourself and traits of laziness will disappear. Just like any other person, you deserve better things, chances and life.

Listen to inspirational speakers, read motivational books and surround yourself with positive people. This way, you will want only the best for yourself hence work harder at achieving the best. You will begin to aim at eating healthier meals, looking &smelling good, living in a cleaner house and having neat hair.

4. Create a Time Table

Working without a plan is like shooting an arrow at no particular target. It will land anywhere. Start your day with specific targets guided by a timetable.

Write down the things that you need to do and focus on beating deadlines. When you get used to this you will experience more results, become organized and laziness will become a thing of the past. Get a day planner, diary, timetable and organizers to help you plan better.

Though a vice and a big problem, laziness can be eliminated regardless of how long you’ve been lazy. Once you understand the causes of laziness, it becomes much easier to identify what is holding you back and cut it out of your schedule. If you are struggling to achieve this by yourself, don’t be shy to seek professional help. A combination of all these will help you to overcome laziness effectively.

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