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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself No Matter How Lazy You Feel

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Many psychologists and life coaches will tell you there's no such thing as laziness — that it's either a lack of motivation, fear of failure, or some other unseen barrier that keeps us from doing the tasks we should or must do. Still, whether or not laziness is a thing, we've all felt stuck in one place, unable to move forward with accomplishing a goal, and we've all wished for some magic spell that will make us more productive.

While I'm sad to report that there is no magic spell, a recent AskReddit thread did reveal some pretty incredible tips for motivating yourself to get off the couch and do the thing. Here are 10 of the best ways to motivate yourself no matter how lazy you feel.

1. The 5-second rule.

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No, we're not talking about the rule dictating how long a piece of food can be on the floor before it's acceptable to pick it up and eat it. This 5-second rule is one suggested by Hunterlovespb, who credits motivational speaker Mel Robbins with the idea. "Whenever you need to do something but don't feel like it, immediately start counting down from five and once you get to one just start doing it." This kind of sounds like when parents say to a kid, "I'm going to count to three..." and then some sort of implied or explicit threat follows. Hey, that worked on me as a kid, so I'm willing to try it as a grown-up.