THE LAZINESS EFFECT

 

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Everyone wants to be a high achiever but are you really willing to pay the price for success, are you willing to do the time required to achieve excellence in whatever field you are in.

        “Luck is always the last refuge of laziness and incompetence.”

                                                                      James Cash Penney

I know some people get lucky and win lotto’s or get a big break despite the fact that they are not driven people or hard workers but if those people are not careful they hardly maintain their success.

“There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.”

                                                                                   David Starr Jordan

Having dreams and talking about them is not enough to be successful, you have got to walk the talk if you want to see results.

But what does it really take to be lazy; here is my checklist for being lazy:

  • Sleeps a lot.
  • Procrastinates a lot.
  • Easily discouraged.
  • Lacks motivation and drive.
  • Buys new clothes instead of washing dirty clothes.
  • Buys take out instead of cooking a healthy meal.
  • Your idea of cleaning your apartment is throwing out everything.
  • Imagining yourself exercising instead of actually doing it.
  • Hardly meets deadlines (for assignments, projects, Bills etc.)

 

Sometimes we might just be lazy about things that do not interest us like doing your laundry, cooking, working out.

Effects of laziness

  • Under-achievement (personal or professional)

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

                                                                  Thomas A. Edison

If you are lazy about work or your personal growth chances are that you would end up at the bottom of the food chain. It takes conscious effort and commitment to make progress in any field in life, even if you sell vegetables in the market, you can become a successful vegetable seller by being committed to your trade, customers and yourself. Always aim to be relevant and of value wherever you find yourself.

 

  • Obesity

“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”

                                                                       Paul Terry

Are you lazy about working out, cooking healthy meals, and getting out of bed? I have bad news for you; you are at risk from becoming obese from these unhealthy habits. Working out regularly and being conscious about the kinds of food or drinks you consume could save your life from not only obesity but other non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetics.

  • Depression and self-loathing

      “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.”

                                                               Anne Frank.

Believe it or not just like alcoholics and drug addicts hate themselves for the way they are, laziness could bring depressive and self- hate characteristics(majorly in cases of extreme laziness).These could result from not doing much with your life, not having drive or motivation to pursue your dreams.

  • Innovation

“I will Always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job, Because he will find an easy way to do it.” Bill Gates

As with every other thing in life there is nothing with disadvantages without at least one advantage. Lazy people have been known to invent thing that make accomplishing tasks much easier.

How to overcome Laziness

  • Start: irrespective of how overwhelming your workload, projects or assignment might seem, the first step towards overcoming laziness is to find the courage to start and all other things will fall in place.

 

  • Do your work in bits: Take your time, spread whatever you need to do so you don’t get discouraged, Take for example if you have a lot of laundry to do, you could divide the clothes into two or three places and do them on separate days.

 

  • Set Goals: This is extremely helpful, as it will keep you grounded if you are committed to the goals you set. Set goals should come with a time frame for example, A goal to lose 2kg within 2 weeks of exercising.

 

  • Stay motivated: Don’t give up easily, many people have failed and still became successful in their chosen field, I know its cliché to say life is full of ups and down but really, don’t let one or several disappointments prevent you from pursuing your dreams.

 

  • Give yourself little rewards: Give your-self rewards for achieving even the smallest task e.g. washing the dishes, meeting the deadline for submission of an assignment etc. This will keep you motivated.

 

  • Don’t be hard on yourself: In my experience, comparing your-self to others could often bring feelings of laziness. When you realize you are not as good as the next individual at something, you could respond in two ways either by pushing harder to be better or by not even trying at all.

Laziness is like a self-destruct button, as much as possible try to stay motivated and regardless of whatever happens never lose hope just keep moving forward.

Note: Sometimes we could shift into lazy mood when we are burnout or overworked, in this case I believe its ok to lay back and relax.

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THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE 21 IN 2016

I can actually feel your pain rodney, there is also an instant gratification need in 2016, you want to have flashy cars and and be CEO of a company because there are actually 21 year olds that have acheived these things already.

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invisible-man-hood-28929241It’s the year 2016. The year of snap chat and the season of pokemon go. The year of crazy twit fights and unending rants. The year of the LGBT community.  The list is endless. Needless to say it’s a tough time to be 21. You’re at the peak of your youth much, bursting with energy and vigor. However being twenty one has its own baggage.  You’re too busy comparing your achievements those of your age mates and social media giant, Mark Zuckerberg.  Yup! That guy had his life figured out as early as age 21. Yet here you are, 21 and like most of the Nigerian youth population, unemployed, and probably not in a higher institution. The media further contributes to this state of entropy, with raunchy and uninspirational music videos and the likes.  Promoting random sex and the use of hard drugs. Sex and drugs are constantly being shoved…

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How much water should we be consuming?

 

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Water is probably the singular most important element on earth, people have killed for water ways that influenced trade, fought for lands that could provide adequate water for agricultural purposes. We use water for both industrial and domestic purposes but let’s come down a notch, in this post I want to talk about how water affects our health.

Water accounts for 60 percent of the body and is essential to every cell in the body. We use water to cool our body in the form sweat, to circulate oxygen and fuel to our organs and take away waste products via blood.

Water is essential for metabolism, it is also essential for carrying out basic domestic purposes such as bathing, washing, cooking etc. But the question is how much water should we be consuming on a daily basis for our bodies to function properly.

Amount of water to be consumed

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Adults

Male 3.7 litres (15 cups)
Female 2.7 litres (11 cups)

 

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Children

1-3 years :  3-4 cups

1-3 years :  3-4 cups

4-8 years:   5 cups

9-13 years

Girls:          7 cups

Boys:        8 cups

14-118 years

Girls  :       8 cups

Boys :       11 cups

Research says not less than 3 liters for the average adult helps excrete excess waste product and toxin from the body.

 

BENEFITS

 

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  • Well hydrated skin
  • Less likelihood having body odor
  • Aids digestion
  • Prevents constipation: Taking lots of water prevents you having constipation
  • Aids bowel movement
  • Helps the circulatory system function well
  • Helps the kidneys in osmoregulation

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Consuming the right amount of water could save you trips to the doctors’ office for conditions such as dehydration, constipation etc. consuming the right amount of Water every day is part of a healthy lifestyle .

NOTE: Always drink clean, clear, odorless water.

Data from onemedical .com and Eat.Right. Academy of Nutrition and dietetics.

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job stress

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A stressful day can leave you worn out and feeling empty, I know that feeling of extreme tiredness, fatigue and sometimes frustration. If you are a student, nursing mother or career person, stress is all the same, anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is  stress it is experiencing things that seem out of our control.

There are different kinds of stress, emotional stress, physical stress, financial stress job or work related stress etc. This stress can result from our inability to fulfill certain roles or our lack of skill in managing the events and responsibilities that come into our lives.

 

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We all have one thing or the other we do; job stress  can occur in any job description and life situation, any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. Unfortunately job stress overtime can lead to both occupational and health hazards for both you and the organization you work for.

Stress management is all about taking charge of your lifestyle thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems.

 

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WORK RELATED STRESS OR JOB stress as I like to call it is a serious issue people get burnout, fall ill and can even be hospitalized if their health is at risk. Job stress reduces your creative and productive capacities.

 

3 CAUSES OF JOB STRESS

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WORK OVERLOAD AND DEADLINES

Whether you are a student, office worker or parent an over load of responsibilities or work to do within a limited time can leave you feeling stressed and worn out. A deadline puts pressure on you, raises your anxiety level and ultimately leads to feelings of stress.

 

INSUFFICIENT STAFFING

People working in organisations or companies that are under staffed tend to feel more stressed as they have more duties. Take for example in some Hospitals nurses are under staffed, you might find two nurses attending to over twenty or more patients, this is totally wrong as the standard is a nurse to five patients. You can imagine the kind of stress the nurses in such hospitals experience.

 

POOR STAFF MOTIVATION

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When employers do  not motivate their staff by giving incentives, bonuses or simply acknowledging that their employee are doing a great job can this can lead to job dissatisfaction and poor performance. Jobs that require a lot of skill or energy could also lead to job stress if not properly managed , for example workers in construction, factory ,mining etc.

 

HOW TO MANAGE WORK RELATED STRESS

Every individual is unique and as such react or respond to stress differently.

MANAGE YOUR WORKLOAD

Do you work as soon as it gets to you  don’t allow it to pile up, time management is essential in managing your work load as allocating different time to get task done will make you more efficient and productive. Try not to take your work home with you, this way you are able to rest properly without thinking about work.

 

GET HELP/SOCIAL SUPPORT

Some companies or organizations have therapist on their pay roll  to help employees in need of a therapist or psychologist. Others organize seminars and trips for their employees to relax.

It necessary to get help, especially if you are a working class mother with kids to raise, you would need to enlist the help of friends, relatives and possibly get a nanny, so that you don’t get burn out from trying to balance your work and home duties.

 

TALK TO SOMEONE

 

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Talking about how you feel to a loved one, a trusted friend, mentor or religious leader reduces your stress level as you are able to express how you truly feel and these individuals would most likely  have words of encouragement for you.

NOTE: If you run a business (Large or small scale) a knowledge of job stress and how to motivate your workers is essential to increasing creativity and productivity in your company.

 

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