There are such things as low motivation, low momentum, doing too much, worrying too much and being afraid.
The characteristics of lazyness (lethargy, being unable to finish things, lack of motivation, avoidance) are symptoms. Curing a desease requires fixing the condition, not merely treating the symptoms.
It’s the same deal here. Lazyness is just a sign that there is something else going on. Fix that something and suddenly the floodgates open and productivity arrives.
Here are some of the somethings:
- Too much freedom, not enough constraints.
- Fear of failure.
- Fear of success.
- Trying to do too many things.
- Trying to do too much at once.
- Being a 3-day monk.
- Judging your work before you even begin.
- Too many distractions.
So if you remove the word lazy from your vocabulary, what’s really holding you back?