MJ Gonzales │ Trade & Travel

The number one rival of productivity and discipline is laziness.  However most of the time laziness doesn’t mean that it’s the intrinsic nature of an individual; it can be a result of burn out, stress, and being lost or overwhelm of workloads.  In an interview with Barking Up The Wrong Tree, Georgetown University assistant professor and author Cal Newport shared the key to laziness is by clearly setting your time.

According to the author of ‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love,’ setting exact time or scheduling is a power to determine how will you do each of you tasks. If you can follow what you map out for your day or even week then you also have free time to enjoy other stuff.  Another tip he said is to put a firm boundary when to leave your work station, which in the end may result to being in control and work-life balance.

“Assigning work to times reduces the urge to procrastinate. You are no longer deciding whether or not to work during a given period; the decision is already made,” Newport shared on

calendar-1022088_640Meantime, Good Housekeeping informed that setting a timer literally works. Their report suggested that doing a task in a ‘dash’ is an effective fight against the urge of laziness.  For example, set your timer that in five minutes you have to finish picking up clutters around your living room.  Perhaps what you can do in this little time are few or small chores, but moving is better than not moving at all.  Besides these, it also adds fun to your daily routine.

“Start by asking, ‘What’s the simplest step I can take to get things in motion?'” Merlin Mann,’s founder and editor shared with Good Housekeeping.”Many procrastinators just don’t know how to take the first step.”