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Best exercising regimen for a chronically-lazy person?

My cousin is an early-thirties chronic sloth. Although he does go out on occasion and he walks from time to time, to say that he is not an exercise person is the understatement of the year. Any ideas on how to get him started on an exercise regiment that doesn't involve people or mornings and is relatively easy to do? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jul 19, 2014 - 31 answers

Has a FitBit helped you get off your lazy a-- ?

I need to jumpstart my fitness which is currently non-existent. Would a FitBit help me (& the SO) be less lazy and more motivated? Did you use a fitbit or similar device to help you get on a fitness track? Or did you use another method?
posted by kmr on Jul 18, 2014 - 28 answers

Shortened or partial Idioms in common use.

You often hear people say things like "When in Rome" or "Great Minds" when people are generally meaning, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." or "Great minds think alike." Is there an actual literary term for these clipped or shortened idioms?
posted by sevcenko on May 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Vacation from gardening

The gardener in the family is going to be travelling from July through December, leaving me home alone with assorted pets and a large, wild vegetable garden. What's the best, lazy way to NOT garden this summer? [more inside]
posted by five_cents on Apr 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Where can I go searching for a volunteer non-executive board member?

My small business needs an independent 3rd party to keep a weather eye on us and ensure we stop slacking. Where should I go looking to find someone experienced who could give us 2 hours of their time every month for next-to-do nothing? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jan 9, 2014 - 6 answers

I'm slow, lethargic, unproductive, dirty, messy - but it's just me

I'm generally a very, very messy girl. It's really cramping on my style and how I feel about myself. I feel pretty close to the people on Hoarders when I really let myself go (which happens when my mother doesn't get on my case every week)... I just simply have no energy or motivation to cleaning my room. My poor mother has no idea why I am the way I am. I also do NOTHING over the weekend. If I'm at home for a break, I have an insanely hard time getting anything done, doing ANYTHING productive. I do EVERYTHING last minute. It's insane, stressful, horrid. I have a hard time following through on anything important, any big projects on a long-term basis. While I have some successes (doing decently at school, have cultivated some cool hobbies, have had some great experiences, have learned a lot, etc) I think I'm reaching about 30% of my potential. I have some sneaking suspicions why I'm this way, but how do I change this? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Nov 17, 2013 - 48 answers

How to get my lazy incompetent coworker fired?

How to get my lazy incompetent coworker fired? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28 on Nov 3, 2013 - 37 answers

What's the best way to catch up on 3 years of tax returns?

There's nothing nefarious about this, I got too caught up in work. What's the best way to catch up on a few years of tax returns? [more inside]
posted by Snell's Constant on Jun 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Is it too late to start over?

at 31, is it too late to start over? [more inside]
posted by MD_yeahright on Dec 10, 2012 - 56 answers

I always know where my towel is: it's on the roll or in the trash

Help me reduce my dependence on foreign oil domestic paper towels. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Dec 6, 2012 - 30 answers

help me motivate myself and my SO

how to deal with differing levels of ambition and motivation in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by humiliated_grape on Dec 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me deal with my ADD/disorganization/goal setting problems.

I am unemployed. My disorganization, lack of goals and mental illness (ADD first and foremost) is taking a toll on my job hunt, and life in general. Fellow ADD'ers, what do you do to cope/deal? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me help my soon to be hoarder husband!

My husband of 30 years has been increasingly getting to be a total slob. He lays papers, clothes, anything on every horizontal surface! Our house is not small, he has one of our kids' old bedrooms as his office, and it is packed. Yet still he comes home everyday and lays all his 'stuff' on the kitchen table, his clothes on the only chair in our bedroom...I am so frustrated! When he's gone I often go through his 'stuff', tossing what I don't think is needed...but if he finds out he flips! I have set aside time to go through things with him, but he always finds an excuse not to follow through. He is good about doing other household chores, putting dishes and laundry away... I have gotten rid of extra tables and other things he could clutter up, but it absolutely does not help. I need your help before I go bonky. Thanks!
posted by msleann on Oct 28, 2012 - 29 answers

Lazy University Student? Guilty As Charged. How can I change? And is this normal?

I'm an intelligent 20 year old University student with good-ish grades and overall, I get all the important stuff done. However, I have such frequent periods of lazy and unmotivated lack of productivity that I feel tremendous guilt for on a daily basis--Should I feel guilty? Is this common / normal? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Oct 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Suddenly gourds!

What sort of success rate would one have growing gourds by just leaving gourds outside to do what they will? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Oct 7, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm lazy and have no real yard. Do I still get to compost my kitchen scraps?

Are there any truly low maintenance, foolproof systems for low volume patio composting? And is it worth doing, if all I have is a patio where I can have potted plants of any size, but no yard to plant stuff in? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jun 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Is lazy exercise always an oxymoron?

Recommend some quick exercises that I won't get bored of and can do at home. [more inside]
posted by krakenattack on Apr 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Tupac cares, if don't nobody else care

Staying positive when it seems like everything has gone wrong - snowflakes within [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Apr 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Alternatives to ironing

Are clothes steamers a useful alternative to ironing? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Too late to get in shape?

Get into shape is as little as two weeks! Or no? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Feb 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Can you help me choose a Keurig coffee machine?

Can you help me choose a Keurig coffee machine? [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Jan 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Guilt is universal

How do I abandon guilt, when my behaviour isn’t hurting anyone? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Sep 7, 2011 - 18 answers

Is there an add-on that allows text to be written over a website?

Is there an add-on for Internet Explorer or Firefox that would allow me to write text on top of the website and then print the site with the text? I have to search records in an online database and then after printing make notations on them; it'd be very handy if I could type the notations straight from the browser.
posted by ictow on Mar 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Breaking habit of laziness to get what we want

My cousin and I want to be better at managing time and focusing on things we want to do. But we have some unhelpful emotional obstacles that are in the way of being who we want to be. [more inside]
posted by anniecat on Jan 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Bartelby Ain't Got Nothing On Me

I've been diagnosed as ADD/ADHD by 3 separate professionals through my life and on medication to treat it for nearly a year. The meds don't work, and I've been on a lot of them (i.e. Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera and now Adderall.) How can I give myself a swift kick in the butt to become a productive, organized individual? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Lazy Sunday Afternoon Jazz Recs

Lazy Sunday Afternoon Jazz: I would like to live in the mood provided by this cover song, please recommend similars (preferably stuff from the past 20 years, vocals optional, absolutely no Diana Krall pls, thx).
posted by querty on Sep 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Why is it all so hard?

Should all responsibilities feel like a heavy weight, on a day to day basis? In class and at work I am constantly checking the clock, waiting for when it will be finally over. When I get back to my room, I want to lay in bed for the rest of the day. What's with that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 - 21 answers

How do I keep things clean?

I am looking for Cleaning Tips for the Lazy Man. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 7, 2010 - 31 answers

Torrent Search List Automation?

Is there a program or an add-on which will keep a list of torrents I want to download so as to avoid typing them in individually each time I want to see if they are available? [more inside]
posted by gman on Jul 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Need to set up an automatic download because humans are forgetful and lazy.

I'm looking to do an automated download from a website that requires a login and clicking a javascript button and the usual tricks are failing me. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 on Jun 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Initiative to learn, but not to create

I love to read and learn, but I can't get myself to start projects, to create something in the real world. I can't figure out why. Does anyone else have this (or managed to overcome it)? [more inside]
posted by thebluesky on Jun 7, 2010 - 34 answers

Make banana pancakes and pretend like it's the weekend now.

I need new additions to my "Modern Folk-Rock" playlist (which currently includes Greg Brown, The Mountain Goats and Jack Johnson)... [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 4, 2010 - 31 answers

Dare I say it...eh?...I'm lost! (oh god...it's been done too, too many times))

Help me catch up on Lost before Sunday (Spoilers inside, I assume) [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on May 20, 2010 - 17 answers

Looking for a specific Italian word

An Italian friend of mine once taught me a word that means, essentially, "being lazy in a way that actually creates more effort for yourself in the long run." Since this so often applies to me, I really want to know what this word is again.
posted by zachawry on May 8, 2010 - 6 answers

At least I didn't leave it to the last week

5k in 5 weeks for the physically unfit? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on May 4, 2010 - 13 answers

Anxiety is for suckers, but laziness is not cool

Where does (my) laziness come from? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2010 - 10 answers

I am lazy. Help me.

I am lazy. I am in a rut. [more inside]
posted by alshain on Mar 11, 2010 - 46 answers

Lazy and Inexperienced or Latent Management Material?

I am mentoring a college kid who wants to be a programmer. I am detail-oriented; he does the bare minimum required to get the job done, but he gets things done. Am I right to push him toward thinking about doing project management rather than hands-dirty techie-developer type stuff? Or is he just lazy and needing to be schooled? [more inside]
posted by circular on Feb 23, 2010 - 28 answers

like a record, baby

How do you tighten the 'spin' on a corner kitchen cabinet? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 on Jan 8, 2010 - 1 answer

What kind of doctor can fix my brain?

I have a very specific set of behaviors that I want to seek external assistance to alter, but have no idea how to go about doing so. [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Jan 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Messy question from a person who is a mess

Please help me make a decision. I am exhausted and stressed and maybe I am not thinking clearly. A friend gave me Adderall. Should I take some? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 - 52 answers

What would happen to my lawn if I just didn't rake the leaves?

What would happen to my lawn if I just didn't rake the leaves? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Oct 28, 2009 - 25 answers

i am fat and happy, and want to be less fat and more happy

lazy slacker who dislikes people wants to start home fitness routine. the wii and some "move your butt" titles are less money than, say, a nordic track, but... [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Oct 13, 2009 - 32 answers

How do I deal with a lazy employee?

I am a team leader in an IT company. One of the guys in my team is giving me a headache because he turned lazy all of a sudden. [more inside]
posted by cronholio on Oct 13, 2009 - 40 answers

Too lazy to google, not too lazy to go to the gym.

Where do I buy gym shoes in the (Chicago) Loop? I trashed my Nikes at Lollapalooza over the weekend, and I don't want to show up to my "Personal Fitness Assessment" tonight with busted kicks. I'm at Monroe & Franklin, so the closer to there the better.
posted by Oktober on Aug 12, 2009 - 5 answers

no longer pretending my kitchen floor is't revolting

How can I do the best job cleaning my floor for the least amount of effort? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Mar 20, 2009 - 25 answers

Why am I incredibly passionate about learning things but dread actually putting them to use?

Why am I passionate about learning things (mostly IT-related) but dread actually putting them to use? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2009 - 26 answers

creating an uber-archive of twitter updates

I am trying to scrape all 77 pages of my twitter updates and put them on a single page in chronological order, automagically. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jan 25, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me make better decisions in the morning

How do I make better decisions in the morning? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Nov 1, 2008 - 38 answers

Do lazy people change?

Do you know of anyone, yourself included, who has actually made significant positive in terms of optimism, discipline, and ambition? How did this happen? [more inside]
posted by mjewkes on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

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