Don't Be Too Lazy To

Sunday, March 4, 2018

There are things that we tend to be lazy about or would rather put off for later, then forget about them entirely. Here are some that I thought of that would impact how we go about our day:






1) Wash your face

After coming home from a long day at work or in school, you obviously just want to eat then sleep. Your eyes are also tired from staring at the computer screen the whole day, or you've read so many readings you feel like your eyes are about to fall out.

But then just think of how you got home. Think of the commute, how you had to walk through all the smog and smoke and how your face was exposed to the air from the outside. How everyone was coughing while inside the van, or how the tricycle was so low that you could feel the heat of the cars' exhaust blowing on your face. Would you want that same skin touch your pillow covers?

Make #ClearSkin2018 happen by simply cleansing your skin from all the dirt it accumulated. Your skin deserves it.

2) Brush your teeth

I have this tendency to forget to brush my teeth whenever I'm stressed or when I'm too preoccupied with so many things to do. I only remember when I've already tucked myself in bed and let my mind wander a bit, only to realize a few minutes later that I haven't brushed my teeth yet. So I jolt straight back up and out of my bed and hurry to the restroom to brush.

It's funny how this has happened to me countless of times, but a good way to avoid this is to brush your teeth right after you've eaten your meal; don't let the hours go by anymore. I found that this lessens the temptation to eat more because you wouldn't want to eat again when you know you've already brushed your teeth and eating again means having to brush again. You also wouldn't want a minty aftertaste together with the food you ate!

3) Reply to messages

I face this challenge almost everyday. What with fast internet and the ease of having mobile data, there is no excuse for you not to reply to someone's message. There's also that phenomenon of mentally replying to someone's message, only realizing later on that you haven't actually typed in the words and sent them yet.

I know I'm not obliged to reply right away, however it is a form of courtesy and acknowledgement for the other person, and it establishes a smooth communication between you that both parties understand each other. It's also good to keep in mind that you wouldn't want to be left hanging when you ask a question and they end up not getting back to you at all. So yes, replying is indeed a good thing!

4) Charge your phone

There's always that instance wherein you forget to charge your phone (or you put it off for later because you think you have all the time in the world), and when the need to go out comes and you grab your phone, you see it at 10% and you suddenly feel like you won't make it out there in the outside world.

Let's face it, we're all highly dependent on our phones. It doesn't take much to charge it after coming home from work, so that it'll be ready to use the following day. Just like humans it needs some recharging too, our phones aren't invincible.

5) Write on your journal

I'm guilty of not being consistent with using my planners throughout the year. There are years when I'm successful, however most years I'm not. So midyear I would be frustrated whenever I flip through pages that were not filled.

I find that more information is retained whenever I write them down. I also like taking note of important dates, and writing down special moments throughout the week. I don't think apps can ever replace the authenticity of writing with pen and paper. My motivation for writing on my planner/journal is the joy I find in looking back and trying to remember what I did during the previous weeks.


6) Drink water

It's so easy to forget doing this! Especially when we're inside an air-conditioned place. But then later on you notice that your throat is dry when you reply to your colleague who just spoke to you, and your lips are already cracked. :'(

I've been consistent with drinking water through an app that I installed called Plant Nanny. Every time I drink a glass of water, I get to water my plant as well. It's a nice way to motivate myself and be consistent, I recommend this app!

7) Eat breakfast

Whenever we wake up, we almost always want to jump out of bed and start the day. But then it's true when they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don't skip this, because it gives you the energy you need to last the whole morning... until lunch time. Even just a piece of bread and banana would do.

8) Do your laundry

Laundry can pile up real quick on weekends especially when you're packed with plans. I think it helps to do them by batches, so at least you won't have to do it all at once because it gets tiring too. Also, setting aside a specific time in the week to do this helps.

I recycle clothes from time to time when in my judgment I think it's not too dirty yet. But you wouldn't want to wear a blouse that's been worn three times already and you've commuted in it.

9) Sleep early

Whenever I'm at work, I tell myself that I will sleep early after. But then when I get home and get on my laptop and browse through blogs, I'm suddenly hit by so many ideas I want to write, and so many blogs I want to comment on.

At the end, this is all a matter of priorities. If you know you have an early start the next day, then it's best to hit the sack right away. I've only learned the value of good quality sleep when I started working! A good way to motivate yourself to sleep early is to have something to look forward to in the morning.

10) Exercise

I think we all get lazy in exercising. We can come up with so many excuses not to exercise, but it takes discipline to establish a consistent routine for this. 

Exercise doesn't have to be extravagant to be counted as 'legitimate exercise'. Even a simple 10-20 minute walk would do. During my daily commute, I walk a total of 10-20 minutes to get to my office from the bus stop, as well as from my office to the van terminal when going home. This could be counted as exercise if you pick up the pace a bit, kind of like brisk walking. Don't be lazy to do so. Before the day starts and after a long day sitting down, I'm glad walking is part of my daily to-do's. 


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After writing this post, I realized that I can be lazy with a lot of things. Haha! What are you usually lazy about?

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18 comments

  1. I am lazy when it comes to putting off certain blogging tasks. If I don't feel like writing up a blog post, I put it off. Luckily I have a couple months worth waiting to be posted, so it's not a big deal to do what I want, when I want.

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    1. I admit I get lazy too, especially when I have no idea with what I should write about next.. so It's a good idea to schedule your posts :) That way you won't have to worry about running out of content to share.

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  2. It's so easy to be lazy, especially when working from home! Great tips to keep you motivated and on track every day!

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    1. I agree with you! It's so easy to just take a few more hours of sleep than to do the work. But we just need to constantly remind ourselves that putting in the work pays off well!

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  3. I’ll be the first to admit I’m mega lazy. But I can’t go without washing my face or brushing my teeth! That’s a solid habit I’ve formed over the years. I’m terrible at responding to messages though and my water intake is slacking. Thank you for the reminder!

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    1. The brushing teeth part is embarrassing for me, but I just had to put it out there haha! I'm glad you found this entry helpful :)

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  4. These are great tips! I have found that creating my own routine has helped stop me from being lazy, although washing my face really takes effort some nights when I just want to sleep! Thanks for sharing these!

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    1. That's why I salute all those people who are constant with their 10-step skincare routine! It takes so much effort indeed, when all you want to do is go right to sleep. Thanks for dropping by Christina, hope you enjoyed reading my entry :)

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  5. I leave a full glass of water beside my bed at night and then drink it first thing when I wake up in the morning. For some reason if I don't do that I won't drink water in the morning, and, I swear, it makes me feel so much better. I never forget to wash my face and brush my teeth, though. No matter how tired or drunk I am, I always do my night routine!

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    1. That's a great tip, Eva! It's really important to hydrate ourselves first thing in the morning, and it refreshes us as well throughout the day. Thanks for reading!

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  6. Oh man, I am THE WORST about now washing my face every day. I invested in better skin care as a bribe to myself to get into a better habit, but we're still working on it ;) I totally agree with everything else on your list!

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    1. What kind of skincare routine do you have? :) Mine is just simple, just around 3-4 steps: cleanse, toner, facemask (twice a week), then moisturizer. And that's only before I go to sleep! Thanks for reading, Daniela!

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  7. Sleeping early and exercising are two of my biggest challenges. There is nothing like washing your face thoroughly to feel refreshed after being out and about in the smog. Great food for thought in this post.

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    1. Yeah, the smog and dirt can really damage our skin. It can be refreshing and makes us feel clean before going to bed. Thanks Kim! I hope you enjoyed reading :)

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  8. I'm totally guilty of the first and fifth! Great list of forgotten habits, I'm motivated to be more intentional about them!

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    1. The fifth can be time consuming; I find that there really should be an allotted time for just writing. Thanks for reading, Ashley! I hope this list helps :)

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  9. All of this! I notice that when I skip washing my face before bed it get's spotty fast so that's really important for me personally.

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    1. It's definitely important to wash our faces! The spots and pimples are what I always want to avoid. This for me too is most essential. Thanks for reading, Jenni!

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