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Why You’re Lazy (And How To “Fix” It Forever)

Do you wonder why you’re lazy?

Do you have trouble with motivation, and staying focused on tasks?

If so, then you have come to the right place. On this blog you are going to learn how to overcome laziness and beat procrastination forever. You’ll find inner motivation you never would have though possible. You are going to become more focused than a laser!

Now, let’s see if we can answer the question “why am I lazy?”:

The dictionary definition of laziness refers to ‘indolence’; the disinclination to do work that leads to inactivity. However, we all know that laziness in the modern sense also encompasses:

  • Feelings of low motivation
  • Lack of focus and mental clarity making work and action-taking harder
  • Procrastination
  • Anything that makes “getting stuff done” hard

Traditional remedies for laziness have basically consisted of the already-motivated telling you to “get off your bum” and start working. However, these things are easier said than done, and beating laziness is not as simple as others may claim.

Why You’re Lazy:

Laziness, lack of focus/concentration, and procrastination are the result of two main issues, in my experience:

  1. Incorrect strategies for dealing with work (basically you don’t know how to deal with your work, study, or daily tasks in an effective manner)
  2. Insufficient vitamins and minerals that are essential for cognitive function, as a result of the Western diet and poor lifestyle choices

The good news is that both of these laziness-causing factors are 100% fixable, and you can do it in days.

Here’s what you need to do to overcome laziness, beat procrastination forever, and become more motivated and driven in 4 simple steps:

  1. Attack all tasks (work, study etc) in small and manageable chunks. Start by breaking it down into 30 minute slots, and increase your time from there. Once you find it easy to get up and get working for 30 minutes, try for 45, and then 1 hour, until you reach a full day.
  2. Visualize your goals to ensure success; the world’s most successful people all visualize and believe in what they are doing (think the Law of Attraction). You might also find that subliminal affirmations for laziness and motivation help you with goal visualization and taking-action
  3. Remove “laziness catalysts” from your life, such as TV or video games if they are preventing you from achieving. Trade your TV and Xbox in for some extra cash, and then tuck it away in a high interest savings account. You won’t regret such decisions, trust me.
  4. Address the biological imbalances in your brain that are causing motivation, focus, and mental clarity issues. Ditch junk food, start exercising, and lower your alcohol consumption. The biggest benefit, however, comes from correct vitamin and mineral supplementation. I’ve found that the best results (and I mean literally supercharging your brain for razor-sharp focus and V8 engine mental drive) come from using a product called Excelerol. In a very rapid period of time you will notice better memory, increased alertness, and most importantly the vanishing of the “symptoms” of laziness. Excelerol uses a scientifically blended formulation of vitamins, minerals, and extracts to restore correct cognitive balance to your brain. Cool huh? Check out the overwhelmingly positive customer reviews of Excelerol on Amazon here (and buy your own supply).
  5. This is a bonus tip – make sure you take action every day, no matter how small. This will help you feel good about yourself and eventually lead to beating laziness!

Thanks so much for your time, and please do scroll down, click around, and read some more of the useful laziness-busting, motivation-driving, focus-finding articles on Why Am I Lazy. Remember to share anything you find useful on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus as well (just click the share buttons at the top of this article).

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How To Overcome Laziness

Why are you lazy? Is laziness something to be feared… or is it more benign than most believe?

Laziness is an interesting topic. It’s something that almost everybody seems to want to avoid, yet very few people actually have any real clue as to how manage it. Everybody talks about laziness, without actually understanding the nuances of the argument – or the very nature of the beast!

Before you go any further, please watch this free video to learn exactly how to beat laziness and procrastination (as well as what causes these problems in the first place)

Well today I’m coming to the rescue, because I’m going to teach you how to overcome laziness. Now before we begin, I would like to share a little word of warning. What you’re about to hear may not be exactly to your tastes; if you had arrived at this blog in the hopes of hearing “pep rally” style jingoism to rouse you from your state of glacial laziness, then you will be sorely disappointed.

Instead, I am going to teach you the “underground” secret of overcoming laziness:

Laziness isn’t as bad as you might think

One of the biggest reasons why people are obsessed with beating laziness is that it is a perceived enemy. In a similar fashion to the Western requirement of a perceived foreign enemy, ripe for demonization, laziness is viewed by many as something rather evil. It is seen an all-pervasive force that has come from the very depths of Hell, ready to suck the productivity from innocent masses.

However, I propose that laziness is nowhere near as bad as the “puritanical” element of society would lead you to believe. In fact, laziness is something that should be accepted – even celebrated – albeit in moderate doses.

The pursuit of laziness allows one to tread the path towards understanding the difference between hard work and smart work. The former (hard work) is the obsession of those who believe that there should be 25 hours of activity in a 24 hour day, in order to get everything done on time. The latter (smart work) is the realm of the intelligent, the quick-witted, and the adaptive.

Laziness is often the catalyst for the transition to  smarter, more efficient, and more effective work. 

Think about it this way – if you know that you only have eight hours in  the day in which you are able to work effectively, but you have approximately twelve hours worth of work to do, then rather than trying to work for those twelve hours (working harder, at the expense of your personal wellbeing) why not attempt to work smarter?

Basically, find ways to make those twelve hours of work fit into eight, without sacrificing the quality of your efforts.

Now the hardworking reader who has been raised on a diet of believing that laziness is evil will no doubt read the above and say “impossible, there is NO WAY that you can do 12 hours work in 8, without ruining your efforts”. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. By working smarter (boosting your productivity, decreasing the time you waste when you actually have to work) you will always beat the hard worker.

So how to overcome laziness? Well, you had better start embracing it, in order that you can learn how to leverage your newfound love of laziness to spur increases in your productivity. Smart work is the future people.

Overcoming procrastination and laziness in your personal life, work life, and social life is not impossible – it just requires working smarter and more effectively on all levels, rather than stressing yourself out with extra work.

Make sure you also read my Kindle eBook all about beating laziness and procrastination – get it here for $0.99

The Action Machine Review

Do you wish you could cram 25 hours of activity into one 24 hour day?

Would you love to finally be able to get things done WITHOUT distraction? … And all without having to feel like you are forcing yourself against your will.

What would you give to have the unshakeable ability to take action, even if you’ve struggled forever with procrastination?

The feeling of fighting against procrastination and despondency – that terrible battle to get stuff done that only leads to exhaustion and eventual failure – it’s something that has affected most of us during our lives. If you don’t learn how to beat it, then you could be “spinning your wheels” for years to come.

That’s why you need to do something to overcome laziness and procrastination. And you need to do it fast…

… But what can you do?

Experts agree that the secret to overcoming procrastination is mastering your personal time-management skills - in such a way that taking action becomes second nature.

Now if only there was a proven system that could make time management as easy as brushing your teeth.

As luck would have it, there is.

It’s a totally unique piece of software called The Action Machine (if you’re in a hurry – and you should be! – then go here to check out The Action Machine for yourself).

In this review of The Action Machine I’ll be laying out the reasons why Derek Franklin – the brains behind the software – has created one of the “must have” pieces of time management awesomeness.

But first, a little background.

The Action Machine is actually based on something a little bit more old school. Now I don’t mean old school as in Boyz II Men … but old school as in 1980s self-help goodness.

This guy called Francesco Cirillo dreamt of a world where people got more $hit done than they ever had done before. And in Francesco’s world, not only could “Joe Blow” actually get stuff done efficiently – he could do his work better when he broke it up into small, bite-sized pieces.

Imagine that … a world where the art of being productive no longer required being slavishly tied to a desk for hours on end.

Francesco invented that world.

His now-legendary “Pomodoro Technique” revolutionised peoples’ ability to overcome procrastination. The Pomodoro approach to time management meant that any person with a basic timer (or one of these really cool tomato-shaped timers) and a piece of paper could get more done with greater efficiency AND less hassle.

Here’s a quick video to give you a taste for the epic Pomodoro Technique:

But James … where does The Action Machine come into all of this? I came here to read a review of The Action Machine dammit, and I won’t leave until I get it!

Patience, young grasshopper – the first hurdle in your journey to overcoming laziness taking the time to absorb this review completely.

Derek Franklin’s Action Machine takes the PROVEN Pomodoro concept and hauls its ass into the 21st Century.

Derek has taken the most fundamental concept of Pomodoro (timeboxing) and used his software programming nous to make it even more effective.

In case I’ve lost you at this stage, here’s how timeboxing works:

timeboxing

 

Timeboxing will help you to overcome procrastination and get more done for two major reasons:

  1. It creates clarity – you know exactly what you need to know, and when (and in how much time)
  2. The deadline effect created by setting timeboxed goals is motivating in itself … the human mind can’t help but try and meet deadlines.

But James … what does The Action Machine do differently? Why can’t I just use a stopwatch and paper and save myself the cost of the software? 

I’m glad you asked the million dollar question. You can certainly improve your time management with “manual” methods like the Pomodoro Technique or pen and paper timeboxing.

In fact, I strongly recommend you try one of these cheap and effective methods – if you don’t have the money to spare to buy The Action Machine.

Times are tough in this crappy economy … so stop reading right now and bust out some paper, a pen, and the stopwatch on your mobile phone … if you don’t have a spare $47 to spend on The Action Machine.

But if you’re willing and able to get your hands on the BEST time management software out there, period, then keep reading the rest of my review of the Action Machine.

You see this software has some amazing benefits that you can’t afford to miss:

* The Action Machine takes the “boring” work out of timeboxing and time management. Its easy interface takes the hassle out of creating lists of tasks and assigning them completion times and priority levels. You’re saving time WHILE you save time!

* You’ll be able to visualise where you are spending most of your time so that you can make lifestyle and/or work changes for greater efficiency. In my opinion, visualizing the way you spend your time is one of the most powerful ways to enhance your time management … once you see the “wasted” time in your day by using The Action Machine, you’ll be able to extract more out of every moment.

Think of it like squeezing the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube – add this up over the years and you’ll save heaps of cash. Do it with your time, and you’ll be richer in an even more important way!

* You’ll get more done in less time, and with less hassle and stress … end of story.

The Action Machine also comes bundled with some epic extra goodies, including:

* Free lifetime software upgrades … so your investment always keeps on helping you
* “Action Unleashed!” training guide with 23 time-tested strategies for helping you
take more action each and every day
* “The Day Launcher” system, which helps you make success and motivation a constant habit in your life. You’ll discover just how easy it is to create your own daily success routine.
* 60 day money-back guarantee, in case you’re not satisfied.

I’m a big fan of The Action Machine. But if my word isn’t enough to convince you, here’s what others have to say about it:

action machine testimonial

 

The conclusion of my Action Machine review is clear: It’s a fantastic piece of software that will literally force you to become more efficient and productive. You’ll get more done in less time … and you’ll free up even more precious minutes in your day.

Sure, you can use a basic timer and paper and get roughly the same effect.

But The Action Machine does everything bigger, better, and faster. You’ll save more time, and enjoy improving your time management skills far more by using the software.

Is $47 a small price to pay for winning the war against procrastination (and getting extra, precious time in each and every day)? I think it is, and I reckon you do too.

Go here to buy The Action Machine for yourself.

How To Overcome Laziness & Stop Procrastinating

Nothing is more frustrating than having things you need to complete, but feeling unable to do them. In this article you are going to learn how to overcome laziness and stop procrastinating for good.

Now, let’s get back to business and cover what you need to do to overcome laziness & stop procrastinating forever.

I’m going to cover some of the most powerful techniques you can use to get your life back on track, fast:

1. Create An Action Plan With Exact Timings

One of the fastest ways to overcome laziness and quit procrastinating is to create an effective action plan that provides you EXACT timings for getting things done.

How often do you find yourself saying “tonight I’ll do X” but then not have a plan to see that particular task through to completion. Therefore, when you start trying to tackle it, everything seems a little overwhelming and it becomes temping to quit.

Combat this by creating an action plan (with added timings) for every important thing you need to do.

Here’s an example. Imagine you’ve got an essay to write tonight – you’ve left it a bit late and now you’re up the creek without a paddle. You could either beg for an extension, or you could try this action plan:

Research topic – 1 hour -

Select best research & discard everything else – 20 minutes - 

Write introduction – 30 minutes

Write first section – 1 hour

Write second section – 1 hour

Write third section – 1 hour

Write conclusion – 30 minutes

Print out and read over once – 10 minutes

Highlight mistakes/edits – 20 minutes

Rewrite editing sections – 30 minutes

Final print & check – 20 minutes

The secret to this action plan method of getting things done is to be ruthless with your application of the deadlines. In the above example, if you didn’t finish your research within the first hour, then bad luck – you need to move on to the next section.

Although this approach might seem counterintuitive at first, once you start getting into the habit of actually getting things done by being very harsh with your time you will see great results.

2. Break Tasks Up Into Manageable Chunks

In case you didn’t gather from the action plan method above, you really need to focus on breaking tasks up into manageable elements. Just about everything you could ever hope to do in a day (beyond the really mundane stuff, like brushing your teeth) can be compartmentalised into small chunks.

This might be a bit of a mechanical approach to life, but it is very effective if you want to get things done in the least amount of time possible.

Practice breaking up any task or action in your daily life that takes more than 20 minutes (or is not totally routine) into its smallest fraction. For example, if you need to reply to 10 different emails, then break that down into 10 separate tasks.

3. Reward Yourself For Taking Action

This is straightforward; whenever you complete a task or action that you would normally be prone to procrastinating, then reward yourself in some small manner. Rewards do not have to be of any monetary value; something as simple as giving yourself ten minutes on social media for a successful thirty minutes of studying can be very effective.

This helps you to beat laziness and procrastinating by forming a positive mental association with taking action. It’s kind of like the “classical conditioning” that psych students often talk about.

4. Eliminate Digital Distractions

This is a biggie. I’d almost be willing to bet that one of the things holding you back from success is distraction. It’s just too easy in our age of 24/7 connectivity to get distracted by text messages, social media, news sites, or funny cat videos on YouTube.

Eliminating distractions from your life will have one of the biggest impacts on your ability to get stuff done and kick procrastination to the curb.

Start by using a tool like Focal Filter to block sites that are distracting you from your work.  This is a great time to go cold turkey and be ruthless with your time management; if there are only a few websites you need to visit to complete any one task, the block EVERYTHING else until you get it done.

Even if you have another device within arm’s reach that you could use to circumvent the Focal Filter block, you will still find yourself getting more done as “digital distraction” tends to occur with multiple browser tabs or applications running.

As you can see from the above methods, it isn’t actually all that difficult to stop procrastinating and overcome laziness. It just takes the consistent application of proven methods. If you only take one lesson away with you today, then I want you to focus on breaking your tasks down into micro-sized chunks, and then chipping away at them. Don’t face up to a mountain, as you’ll only be tempted to put off climbing it until later!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and learned a bit about how you can quit procrastinating and stop laziness dead in its tracks. If you want to learn more about taking control of your life, then you should check out this free video that shows you how to find your inner focus and beat procrastination forever.

Too Lazy To Study? Try These 10 Tips

Let’s face it – not many people actually like studying. It takes time out of the fun bits of your day, and can really put the brakes on an awesome weekend. Unfortunately, study is essential if you want to get ahead in life; when duty calls you need to be prepared. If you’re feeling too lazy to study, then try these 10 awesome tips to get your motivation back on track, and your study firing on all cylinders!

Before you read any further, make sure you check out my eBook that features 77 ways to take action, become focused, and attain almost-superhuman levels of motivation. You’ll never be too lazy to study again!

Now, let’s get on with the list:

1. Create a study plan – One of the best ways to increase study motivation is to create a simple plan that outlines exactly what you should be working on at any time. Although some people like to claim that the man who does not know his final destination always travels further, when it comes to studying you are far better served to have a defined plan.

If you’ve got a smart phone then you can use an app such as iStudyPlan, or even something as simple as a piece of paper with timeframes and subjects will help you out.

2. Break up study into manageable chunks – So you’ve got a study plan ready to go… and first on your list is five hours’ straight of Roman Republican poetry. Good luck, you’re gonna need it.

By breaking up your study into very manageable chunks – between 20-30 minutes – you’ll make it infinitely easier to manage your workload. It also appears much less daunting to sit down and study for 20 minutes than it does to study for two hours.

There are loads of apps out there to help you do this using your smartphone or table; just do a search in the Apple app store or Google equivalent.

3. “Micro study” – This technique of overcoming study procrastination is straight from the pages of the pros (in fact, it’s so powerful that I might even have to create some proper training on it). “Micro studying” involves using short periods of daily downtime to cram in additional bits of study.

For example, that 10 minute bus ride to work on a Friday morning is a great opportunity to drill yourself on key World War II history dates. When you go to the bathroom each day, instead of taking a magazine in there, why not use a flash card app on your iPhone to boost your confidence on a subject that you’re struggling with.

One of my favorite applications of micro-studying has been doing quick revisions of key concepts during ad breaks on TV, or between rounds of online games.

4. Find alternative methods of studying. I’ll touch on this now, and again towards the end of this blog post, because I’m so enthusiastic about the importance of this point. If you’re finding it hard to get motivated to study, then try using an alternative method to study. For example, if you have been assigned a book to read, then try finding its audiobook and listening to that instead. If you’re studying a famous historical event, then there is a probably a documentary about it that you can watch somewhere.

5. Eat brain food – It goes without saying that if your diet is crap. If you aren’t eating the right types of foods, then you will really struggle when it comes to focusing on a task and being motivated (as I have blogged about here, here, and here).

Make sure you are fuelling your mind to be in a good study zone. Cut down on processed carbohydrates and fuel up with low-GI foods instead. Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids by consuming more oily fish; this is a renowned brain food that can really supercharge your mind!

6. Ensure hydration - Hydration, alongside diet, is crucial for getting you in the right mental state to study. Make sure your body is ready and willing to study by avoiding dehydration (it’s a real risk, especially if you exercise frequently or, like most students, enjoy getting on the drink a bit too much).

7. Reward yourself for studying – This one is dead simple. By rewarding yourself periodically – such as whenever you complete a successful block of study – you will be more inclined to get off your butt and get things done. Rewards don’t need to be complex; something as simple as allowing yourself ten minutes of Facebook for 30 minutes study can work as a fantastic motivational tool.

8. Block distractions – Many people fall into the trap of confusing perpetual distraction, especially by sites like Facebook and Twitter, with feeling too lazy to do any study. If you find yourself creeping onto social networking sites or online shopping stores when you are supposed to be studying, then you are probably just suffering from a bit of “digital distraction”. Religiously checking your cell phone is another common distraction that can easily be mistaken for Facebook.

Try blocking these distractions and then see how dramatically your study focus improves. You can use software like I AM STUDYING on your computer to prevent you from accessing certain sites for a period of time. When it comes to your cell phone, I suggest switching it off and leaving it in another place during the duration of your study. The world isn’t going to end if you miss a Snapchat!

9. Keep a study diary – Keeping a simple notebook diary of how your study is progressing is one of the most effective things you’ll ever do. Write the subject/material you studied and how long for, and then give yourself a star rating (1-5 stars) of how well you felt you performed during that study session. If you suddenly feel like Albert Einstein after a focused study session, then give yourself a good rating. However, if you don’t think you achieved anything and spent more time lounging about than you did reading, then be harsh on yourself.

The benefit of this journal system for studying is that it helps keep you focused and on track. You could do something fancy with Excel and go so far as to chart your study performance over time. However, I think a pen and paper works best in this instance.

10. Try to have fun – One of the most powerful things you’ll ever do to enhance your study and actually find the motivation to get it done is to try and have a bit of fun. Things you enjoy are naturally easy to avoid procrastinating.

But how do you bring fun in to study?

Firstly, by rewarding yourself (as was mentioned in point seven) you’ll automatically make things more enjoyable. Another winning tactic is to study using a method you actually find engaging. For example, not everybody likes reading books to study. If you prefer watching videos, then find documentaries or tutorials on YouTube about your subject. Maybe you like video games? More often than not there will be interactive quizzes to help make study more engaging for you.

By following the above tips and tricks you’ll never again be too lazy to get your study on! If these tricks and tips are helpful for you, then I’d really appreciate if you share them using the buttons at the top of the page.

Don’t forget to check out my eBook that features 77 ways to take action and get motivated here. You can also sign up for my free newsletter below.

The Best Vitamins for Concentration

There’s nothing in this world quite like having your game face on. When you’ve got epic concentration you feel like you can do anything life throws at you.

But unfortunately, life gets in the way of concentration. Whether it’s a lack of sleep, poor diet, or some other hindrance, chances are you probably find it hard to concentrate (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog, right?)

In this blog post I’m going to outline my favourite vitamins for concentration. You’ll see the best value, best performing supplements for transforming you from zero to hero.  By taking vitamins and supplements that help to increase your concentration, you can do some pretty amazing things with your life.

Which Individual Supplements Work for Focus & Concentration?

Before we examine the best “multi” supplements and vitamins that aid concentration, let’s take a quick look at some of the most effective individual elements:

  1. Iron – There is a strong chance your diet may be low in iron, and this has been proven to lead to lowered focus and concentration. Check out this Pharmacy Times article  for interesting reading on the subject.
  2. Vitamin B12 – Deficiency in this vitamin is linked with impaired cognitive function and even depression.
  3. Fish Oil – Omega 3 oils have long been known to assist with healthy brain function, which in turn enhances your ability to focus and concentrate.
  4. Zinc – Has been proven to assist in cases of ADHD, and is an all-around essential supplement for mental and physical health.
  5. Gingko Biloba – Helps improve blood flow to the brain, which can result in improved concentration.

On top of the famous five above, there are many other vitamins, minerals, and herbs that work wonders for improving your concentration.

The Ultimate Vitamin Supplement for Concentration

Although you could sit at your breakfast table popping pills all day, in the words of that famous viral Internet video “ain’t nobody got time for that.”

That’s why I’m a big fan of taking a combined vitamin supplement, and thankfully my favourite one totally kicks ass at improving concentration levels as well.

It’s called Excelerol – you can check it out here on Amazon. Now Excelerol is a bit more expensive than its competition, but as a vitamin for focus  and concentration it is without rival (in my humble opinion).

The benefits of Excelerol are clear:

  • You only need to take one supplement daily
  • It supports improved memory
  • Enhance your focus and concentration
  • Boost your alertness without resorting to sugary energy drinks or calorie-laden coffee

If you’re looking to get your focus and concentration firing with Excelerol’s vitamin and mineral formula, I recommend starting with a one month supply. This will let you get a good feel for the product, and see if it gives you the same results as it does for me.

You can get 30 days’ supply of Excelerol on Amazon for under fifty bucks (that’s a specially discounted price). Now this might seem quite expensive, but if you were to add together the cost of purchasing individual supplements you would hardly come out better off. Add to this the extra convenience of Excelerol, and you can see why I recommend it as the best vitamin for focus.

Merry Christmas!

This is just a quick post to say Merry Christmas and an (early) Happy New Year to the valued readers of Why Am I Lazy.

If you’re a repeat visitor to the site, then I would like to thank you for your continued patronage. If you’re new, then I sincerely hope you find great resources to help you beat laziness and procrastination.

I’ve got some exciting blog posts coming up, including:

  • Reviews of the Abundance Code and Mind Secrets Exposed
  • Complete guides to overcoming laziness
  • Time management strategies that take no time to implement
  • And much more

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The Power Of Setting Goals

Goal setting is one of the most potent methods you can use to beat laziness and become more motivated in your life. In this very short blog post I’m going to outline a few different ideas that will help you understand the power of setting goals, as well as how you can use goals to effectively overcome procrastination and laziness. This is a hard-hitting bullet point list, so pay close attention:

  1. The power of setting goals derives from the fact that goals help you harness your energies and direct them towards a particular singularity or end point.
  2. Without goals, very few people are able to focus adequately. Unfortunately, most of us fail to indulge in adequate goal-setting, leading to a life of underachievement.
  3. Therefore, if you want to find your focus you must attempt to set goals.
  4. Setting goals is really as simple as writing down what you want to achieve on a piece of paper or in your diary, and then setting a time-frame in which to complete that goal.

Can You Meditate With Music?

One of the most common questions I get via email (and I really can’t understand why seeing as this blog deals primarily with motivational/time management issues) relates to meditation. I guess people want to use meditation to help them do more in their lives…

… So in this article we are going to answer the question “can you meditate with music?” In particular, I’m also going to cover whether you can use music-based meditation techniques to help beat laziness and procrastination.

Meditation With Music: The Basics

The fundamentals of meditation with music are fairly sound; it’s basically no different to any other form of meditation (which, as you should know by know, has good basis in fact) except you’re adding music.

Basically, you need to embark on your normal meditation program but add in music as appropriate. That’s all there really is to it! I personally find that meditating to music seems to have a somewhat greater effect, although this could just be a placebo.

Some people do believe that meditating to music can cause distraction. In my opinion this is probably due to the type of music being used. Of course you can’t meditate to the soothing sounds of 180bpm electro-house music. No, to meditate with music requires the right sounds!

Here are some great tracks I found on YouTube that would be well-suited to general meditation.

Sometimes I like to meditate to this cool tune as well (you might recognize it from Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” which featured Charlie Sheen before he went nutty.

I would suggest that you avoid trying to incorporate music into your meditation routine if you rely on a form of meditation that needs intent focus on your breathing. With a rousing chorus of music blaring it’s going to be difficult to actually listen to your breathing patterns.

Meditation Techniques for Procrastination

So we have established that you can use music to meditate. But is it possible to use meditation techniques to stop procrastination and laziness? Of course it’s possible!

What you need to do is find your focus and visualize a new you, free from procrastination. Do this while you are meditating and you will reap some fantastic results. The more intense and focused your visualizations are during the meditative process, the faster you will find yourself seeing results.

Using Subliminal Audios for Meditation

One other thing you should consider to aid you meditation is employing the use of subliminal audios (aka subliminal mp3s). I have personally experienced a great deal of success in my meditations by swapping from “normal” music to subliminal tracks.

The benefit of using subliminal audio for meditation is that you don’t have to worry about the distraction effects that accompany the use of normal music. Furthermore, you can continue to listen to your subliminal mp3s throughout the day, which will in turn will enhance the effects even further.

Improving Focus With Headphones?

This is just going to be a quick post, but I want to discuss something very cool that I’ve been doing lately. You might have heard of binaural audios, which are basically special audio tracks that you listen to through headphones. They supposedly work by playing a specific frequency that resonates within your brain (I’m just “scientifically paraphrasing” to the extreme here so don’t hate on me if this isn’t 100% accurate). Different frequencies elicit a different response, which means that some binaural audio tracks are used for improving mood, others for making you sleepy, and finally some for improving focus – as well as memory and concentration.

Next time you’ve got a spare hour sit down with a good pair of headphones and listen to this track:

It’s been especially designed to help improve your focus, memory, and alertness.

There are loads of great binaural audios on YouTube. However, I’ve been experimenting with the premium ones available from My Mind Shift. You have to pay a small fee to get access (around $50) but the beats are higher quality than those on YouTube and that seems to elicit a better response for me at least. Check out My Mind Shift binaural audios here for yourself and let me know what you think about them.

Zach Browman’s Find Your Focus

If you are looking to stop procrastinating and become more focused and motivated, then you have probably had a look at just about every self help product under the sun. From Tony Robbins’ private coaching sessions through to the bargain bin at your local bookstore, you can find and endless litany of products that promise to teach you the secrets to unlocking your inner potential (and all that). With the advent of the Internet your choices for self-help and self-improvement products have become even more diverse. There are some very good quality self-help guides that teach strategies for beating laziness and procrastination, but there are also some very poor ones.

One of my favorites is Zach Browman’s Find Your Focus (you can read my full review here). Zach’s guide is all about helping you to find your inner focus and drive, so that you can beat procrastination and get more done in your life. If you have ever struggled with laziness and other such problems it makes for a very good read. I find Zach’s style to be highly engaging, and many of the methods he teaches in Find Your Focus will help you make positive changes in your life.

Go here to see for yourself what Find Your Focus is all about. I’ve had quite a few people who have purchased Zach’s guide through my website email me with praise for its teachings. I’m sure you will too.

Improve Focus And Concentration The “Easy” Way

Normally I hate using the term “easy”. Very few things in this life are actually easy, unless you happen to be blessed with an unnatural and uncanny ability to do the task in question. For example, we’ve all got that friend who totally kicks ass at marathon running and insists it easy. But when you lace up your running shoes and try and become the next great long distance runner you soon find it isn’t quite so easy after all. If someone tells you that algebra is easy, your natural reaction is probably going to be to punch them in the face… you know what I mean!

However, it really is quite simple to improve focus and concentration and make your life immeasurably better for years to come. If you just cant wait to find out how, then go here to watch the quick video that shows you how.

The secret to improving your focus and concentration revolves around these main points:

  1. Making sure you have the right diet, supplements, and lifestyle choices that promote good focus, energy, and drive.
  2. Visualizing success and focus
  3. Removing distractions from your life that prevent you from actually getting things done and focusing on the important tasks at hand

Doing this enables you to overcome the “pillars of laziness”, which I wrote about in my recent Kindle eBook called Ticking Away: How To Overcome Laziness & Stop Procrastinating (you can buy your own copy here for a paltry $3.99 USD).

On this blog you will find a whole load of resources and instructional information that deals with boosting your focus and concentration through the three methods I described above. I suggest that you take the time to read through the extensive archive of blog posts on Why Am I Lazy? and then put what you have learned into practice – the results will astound you!