• Hailee Harris

Overcoming Laziness With a Japanese Technique



We are all guilty of laziness (see: sloth) at timesmaybe even all of the time! I get it: it’s been a long, hard week, and the house needs to be cleaned, but you just don't have the energy for it. There are some quick solutions, like chugging a Red Bull or getting four shots of espresso to perk up, but you still don’t feel like doing it! Though you may be feeling reluctance about returning to the tasks at hand, having a motivated attitude in life is essential. Here's how to improve motivation and overcome laziness with a Japanese technique.


So How Do You Combat Laziness?

What if I told you that you could combat laziness in just one minute each day? And no, not with caffeine! The Japanese technique of Kaizen helps the mind and body focus on something for one minute. The word Kaizen contains the root word “zen,” meaning “good.” The goal of this method is to practice self-improvement for one minute each day, at the same time each day. Maasaki Imai created this method to improve the quality of companies he managed. Who would have thought that a technique designed for businesses could be so simply integrated into self development?




Overcoming Laziness with Kaizen

Kaizen works like this: by doing something very small, like reflecting for a minute each day, you are working towards self-perfection and consistency. Kaizen is a lot simpler and less frustrating that writing out your short term and long term goals for your life. The theory is that, in time, these little actions will help you to achieve something big. For example, if you want to start running more, go for a one-minute run each day at the same time each day. A one minute run sounds a bit useless, but as you continue to run each day for that minute, you will develop a consistent pattern. This pattern will later turn into a frequent practice.



Self-Exploration for Self-Improvement

We are often so swept up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to focus on ourselves and our well-being. Japanese techniques are often rooted in self-exploration and self development, and there are many methods from which we can learn to improve aspects of our lives. Implementing Kaizen can get your mind and body moving by set to a schedule which, in the end, will diminish laziness. Another way of overcoming laziness with a Japanese technique is the practice of Ichigyo-zammai, or one thing at a time, in order to be more present in the moment; by further exploring mindful techniques, you can become more easily equipped to combat laziness and much more.



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