There are many merits of being lazy.
Come on, don’t be lazy, be a bit kiasu* and read on.
Laziness is the road to progress, but only when it is combined with intelligent thought and high ambition.
For example, lazy and intelligent managers achieve exceptional results and make the best bosses. Because let’s face it, all successful business careers flow from a few critical decisions, made infrequently.
Don’t think it comes easy though. The best lazy managers have acquired their laziness by working at it for years.
I myself tried hard to become more lazy throughout my life … but it’s been a struggle!
I know that I achieve more when I work less.
I have my best ideas when I take the time to mindfully listen.
To listen to my voices in my head.
Do you also sometimes have those voices in your head?
Do you listen to them?
I know that the voices in my head may not be real, but they have some darn good ideas!
Actually our brain is most intelligent when we don’t instruct it on what to do – something people who take showers discover on occasion. So they say.
I have my best ideas when I am cycling (and have no paper to jot them down, damned). Not sure how many of my ingenious make-the-world-a-better-place-ideas have gone with the winds.
I still find it hard not to feel at least a little bit guilty about being lazy and then I remember …
… someone who always says ‘I am busy’ is either declaring incompetence (and lack of control of his/her life) or trying to get rid of you or both.
All those busy people are stuck in the Do-Do Trap: So busy doing that there is no time to step back and think about HOW and especially WHY one is doing things.
Be different. Be lazier!
Only being economical with your energy and attention can you make it count when it matters.
The world is not 50/50. The world is 80/20 (as our good friend Vilfredo Pareto has established).
As they say, hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Now, first you need to know WHY you want to be lazy.
Never be lazy when it comes to finding your WHY!
Certainly not easy, but you’ll be happier for the trouble and it will provide you the fuel for your effective laziness.
And once you know your WHY don’t apply your “laziness-skills” on thinking for yourself.
“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” – John W. Raper
“The most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
* This Singaporean term can be translated into English as “afraid to lose out”. Like many proverbial expressions it can have both positive (like in this post) and negative connotations, but is generally negative. It is used to refer to someone who thinks of themselves first and is always trying to get ahead in one way or another. The English equivalent would be “overcompetitiveness”.