Date: Thursday 1st July, 2021
1. Laziness is not a character flaw. Laziness can be a result of emotional issues creating mental distractions, a fixed mindset creating false mental ceiling, a lack of purpose or tasks that are too hard for our “mental muscles”.
2. Our brain is naturally “lazy”. It avoids effortful tasks because it tries to conserve energy. Critical (deep) thinking is especially effortful for the brain as it requires a greater amount of attention stamina and working memory, hence we should train these skills early. This may also explain why many students find short-term rote memorizing easier than gaining understanding for long-term learning and application.
3. 8 strategies to manage “laziness” are discussed:
- Evaluate the learner’s unique brain profile
- Resolve emotional issues
- Nurture a growth mindset
- Give autonomy
- Create purpose
- Break down tasks into small steps
- Build routines
- Train a fit brain, especially attention stamina and working memory
Ms Cheryl Chia
With more than 20 years’ experience in brain fitness training, Cheryl is an accomplished physiotherapist, who is also the founder of BrainFit, an entity that specialises in scientific brain fitness training. Cheryl holds a Master Degree in Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. She was awarded a full scholarship from KK Hospital and was also the overall coordinator for paediatric neurology physiotherapy there. She has lectured in Nanyang Polytechnic and is a much sought-after speaker, including at events organised by MediaCorp-SMART Parents, the Child Guidance Clinic and schools. She is a frequent invited guest on Parenting Made Easy Radio 93.8, where she shares her expertise on brain fitness to help parents raise smarter and more resilient children. Cheryl is also an author and a mother to two young girls.