Laziness and procrastination are similar to apathy – they try to stall us when we are in the middle of strenuous effort. Successful learners have developed strategies to minimise these negative blockers. Procrastination is putting off the important for tasks that are more comfortable or pleasing – usually the things that are easier or of more interest.
Laziness may mean more than just a negative blocking attitude: it could highlight a special learning need.
Setting projects is a major cause of procrastination. Educators need to chunk big projects – so gains are gradual and easier to achieve. Educators need to set goals – and offer praise for effort. Using a clock or hour-glass with sand are good resources to prompt starting and finishing times.