How To Beat Laziness During Finals

Ok, so, let me first start off by letting you know that feeling unmotivated or lazy is a normal, natural part of life. Sure, it’s an awful little bug to get but it does affect everybody from time to time. The key is to not let it consume you, and that can be tricky. Here are some ways you can target those feelings while keeping yourself sane!

Get Organized

Your physical environment can have profound effects your mood. You know the feeling; you wanna get things done, really! But sometimes, the cluttered desk and unfolded stack of clothes piled up on your bed drains your energy by just looking at it. A clean and well-organized work environment fuels productivity and makes you wanna get things done! Set aside at least 10 minutes a day to tidy up your work area so that you’re always on your A-game.

Break Your Habits

According to a study done at Duke University, more than 40% of our daily actions are habits. If you have any bad habits you wanna break like maybe, binge watching a few episodes of your favorite show, or grabbing a big bowl of cookies n’ cream ice cream (ugh, so guilty), then you could use breaking those habits to combat laziness! Win, win! Create new healthy and productive habits that’ll mix things up and help you stay active, focused, and motivated in the long run.


Go for a walk and get some sun or squeeze in a little workout. Exercise is a great way to break through the barrier of procrastination. It’s an excellent mood booster and it’ll make you feel motivated and willing to do more with your time. A consistent fitness routine will even help you manage time and force you to delegate tasks to certain parts of your day!

Hit Up A Friend 

Whether it’s going out for a coffee or attending an event, it’s essential to connect with another human being, irl. We’re so often attached to our computer or phone screens that it can be refreshing to interact with someone face-to-face. Plus, you never know what kind of conversations you might strike up. Go out and get inspired

Maybe You’re Just Overwhelmed

14-page paper due in 3 days, reschedule doctor’s appointment, finish readings for next week. Do you ever have so much to do that the only reasonable solution at that time is to, well, take a nap? I get it. Sometimes the work, tasks, goals, and dreams pile up and all you can seem to do at that moment is sit and stare at it. Luckily, all this does is prove you’re only human. Take a step back and focus on the things you can accomplish today (as in right now!) and go from there. Even if it’s making your bed or folding your laundry. Procrastinate productively 😉

Embrace The Lazy

Sometimes laziness is our body’s way of telling us it’s time to take a break. If you’ve been working hard and non-stop, then it’s ok to take some time to lounge around, relax and recharge. Allow yourself to do things you enjoy. When you feel happy and satisfied with yourself, you’re more likely to take on bigger tasks. However, it is important to keep it in moderation. Too much down time can make you feel frustrated and stress you out even more. The point is, be kind to your body when it needs a break and listen to your soul when it’s time to start back up again.

Christina Evangelista

Editorial Contributor, Palo Alto University Major: Psychology and Social Action Her heart belongs to: Jesus, family, Stevie Nicks, the mountains, San Francisco, and Harry Potter Her guilty pleasures: French fries, hot Cheetos, and the Kardashians (hate to love 'em)

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