As a student, I know when we set out for any exam, we have the zeal and enthusiasm. We buy new books from the market. We subscribe to competition specific magazines and newspapers.
Many of us enroll for a coaching class or test series. We chart out a daily routine for study and promise to study for 12 hours a day (maybe more, but not less).
But this initial enthusiasm fades away as the time-lapse. We get overwhelmed by the vast syllabus and study materials.
We initially try to cope with the syllabus. But our inner-lazy-self convince us to relax. It says “What is the hurry? There is so much time to study. We will see it later. ” “Itni jaldi kya hai? Abhi to bahut samay hai. Padh lenge!”
As a result, we lose focus from the study and get lazy.
What is Kaizen
The word itself contains two roots — ‘kai’ (change) and ‘zen’ (wisdom), which translates to “change for the better”.
The idea of Kaizen is that the big results come from many small changes accumulated over time.
Kaizen is a gradual and long-term approach for achieving small, incremental changes in ourselves in order to improve our productivity.
One Minute Kaizen Method to get rid of laziness
The method is simple to understand and do but gives far better results. What it requires is your one minute.
In this method, you choose one specific time and one specific work which you are procrastinating for a long time. You do that work for one minute. Gradually you can expand your time limit.
For instance, if you find it hard to study Reasoning and trying to avoid this subject. You can apply this method.
Each day, at the same time (say 4 PM) read a reasoning book for one minute. You don’t need to expand this time. Just give it your uninterrupted focus for 60 seconds.
When you find that you start to enjoy the subject, gradually expand your time limit to 5 minutes. Now study this subject for 5 minutes a day (no more, no less).
Soon, you will acquire a great deal of confidence in the subject.
At the heart of One-Minute Kaizen method is that the laziness is simply a symptom of lack of confidence in performing a work. To increase the confidence level one needs to improve one’s abilities and skills.
When you give one minute a day (for instance, in studying Reasoning), you experience a sense of victory and success to move forward while at the same time avoid feeling helplessness as you don’t have the compulsion to finish all exercises.
Laziness is the worst form of excuses that can make you fail in the exam.
Try this one-minute Kaizen method today with any one subject you are finding hard to learn.
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- absorb info quickly
- remember it accurately
- create a successful study space
- put together a productive study group
- use interactive games to master the tough material
- identify pitfalls—and avoid falling into them
- and stop overstudying (no—this isn’t a typo)
By learning how to learn, you’ll not only feel smarter, you’ll be smarter.
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