Why are you lazy? Is laziness something to be feared… or is it more benign than most believe?
Laziness is an interesting topic. It’s something that almost everybody seems to want to avoid, yet very few people actually have any real clue as to how manage it. Everybody talks about laziness, without actually understanding the nuances of the argument – or the very nature of the beast!
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Well today I’m coming to the rescue, because I’m going to teach you how to overcome laziness. Now before we begin, I would like to share a little word of warning. What you’re about to hear may not be exactly to your tastes; if you had arrived at this blog in the hopes of hearing “pep rally” style jingoism to rouse you from your state of glacial laziness, then you will be sorely disappointed.
Instead, I am going to teach you the “underground” secret of overcoming laziness:
Laziness isn’t as bad as you might think
One of the biggest reasons why people are obsessed with beating laziness is that it is a perceived enemy. In a similar fashion to the Western requirement of a perceived foreign enemy, ripe for demonization, laziness is viewed by many as something rather evil. It is seen an all-pervasive force that has come from the very depths of Hell, ready to suck the productivity from innocent masses.
However, I propose that laziness is nowhere near as bad as the “puritanical” element of society would lead you to believe. In fact, laziness is something that should be accepted – even celebrated – albeit in moderate doses.
The pursuit of laziness allows one to tread the path towards understanding the difference between hard work and smart work. The former (hard work) is the obsession of those who believe that there should be 25 hours of activity in a 24 hour day, in order to get everything done on time. The latter (smart work) is the realm of the intelligent, the quick-witted, and the adaptive.
Laziness is often the catalyst for the transition to smarter, more efficient, and more effective work.
Think about it this way – if you know that you only have eight hours in the day in which you are able to work effectively, but you have approximately twelve hours worth of work to do, then rather than trying to work for those twelve hours (working harder, at the expense of your personal wellbeing) why not attempt to work smarter?
Basically, find ways to make those twelve hours of work fit into eight, without sacrificing the quality of your efforts.
Now the hardworking reader who has been raised on a diet of believing that laziness is evil will no doubt read the above and say “impossible, there is NO WAY that you can do 12 hours work in 8, without ruining your efforts”. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. By working smarter (boosting your productivity, decreasing the time you waste when you actually have to work) you will always beat the hard worker.
So how to overcome laziness? Well, you had better start embracing it, in order that you can learn how to leverage your newfound love of laziness to spur increases in your productivity. Smart work is the future people.
Overcoming procrastination and laziness in your personal life, work life, and social life is not impossible – it just requires working smarter and more effectively on all levels, rather than stressing yourself out with extra work.
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