Are You Really “Lazy”? Exploring Alternative Phrases for People Who Say They’re “Lazy”

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When I was younger, I would regularly use the phrase “I can’t be bothered” for things that I just didn’t feel like doing. Then, when we returned to Malaysia (after living in Manchester, UK, for about eight years), that phrase was replaced with the word “malas”, which is literally translated to “lazy” in English.

I’m not proud of myself for constantly using the word “malas” back then, but being a child, I just didn’t know better.

So there came a time in my life where I realised that using the word “lazy” for times where I didn’t feel motivated or lacked enthusiasm for something was no longer appropriate.

When you’re constantly using the word “lazy” for yourself, it can affect the people around you. They may form negative opinions about you, and this can even affect your professional reputation.

We’ve come across a number of students who label themselves as “lazy”. And we noticed that the students who self-identify as “lazy” are usually the opposite!

They’re not “lazy”. In fact, they are hardworking people.

In most cases, they were just stressed, burnt out, overwhelmed, tired, lacked clarity, or they just felt stuck. But they thought they were “lazy” for not progressing and achieving their goals faster.

So in this week’s podcast episode, we explore alternative phrases for the phrase “I’m lazy” so that you can get to the root cause of your so-called “laziness” and overcome it.

These phrases will be helpful if you tend to say that you’re “lazy” a bit too much to your boss, colleagues, friends, or family because it may be affecting how they perceive you personally and professionally.

Listen to the episode here.

You can also listen to this episode on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

Let’s challenge the notion of being “lazy” and explore alternative ways to express our feelings and behaviours. Whether it’s acknowledging procrastination, prioritising self-care, or embracing productivity techniques, there are many ways to overcome inertia and take action.

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