Beat Laziness This Winter With These 3 Hacks

We've reached that time of the year where it's socially appropriate to spend Friday nights watching Netflix and ordering takeout—and we're taking full advantage of it. But as Business Insider points out, laziness begets laziness, and your cold-weather Netflix habit can easily spiral into a full-time coach potato lifestyle that doesn't break until the sun shines in spring. Unsurprisingly, there's more than a few Reddit threads dedicated to breaking bad laziness habits during the fall and winter months, many of which offer up some insightful tips and tricks. 

User backformore, for example, recommends setting a 10-minute alarm to beat laziness and spur productivity. By only forcing himself to do a dreaded task for a short amount of time, backformore feels "motivated to keep going after the timer goes off," according to his post. Conversely, I've used this tactic to put a time limit on the amount of leisure time I have. For example, I'll give myself an hour or so to relax after work, setting an alarm to remind me to get up and go to the gym around 7:30 p.m.

If making a deal with yourself doesn't work for you, try dressing up for work or even while lounging around on the weekends. "If you dress different, you will act different," says Reddit user sidianmsjones. "Make it a special point in the morning to get fully dressed, shoes and all, as if you were going out, even if you don't." This point is substantiated by fashion psychologist and author of Mind What You Wear, Karen Pine, who explained to Forbes, "When we put on an item of clothing it is common for the wearer to adopt the characteristics associated with that garment." In other words, if you wear sweatpants, you will not leave your couch. 

Head over to Business Insider for the full list of laziness tips, and share your own hacks in the comments below!