Posted on August 10, 2020 · Posted in Blog, General, Memo Plus Gold, Personal

Laziness is a fairly underrated virtue. Its synonym made the short list of deadly sins and it is often seen as the major culprit behind a lack of success (he is smart but he lacks discipline). You may happen to think the opposite. Laziness quite often means efficiency and when you combine laziness with a strong drive you end up with the desire to find the most efficient solution possible.

You may have been called lazy more than a few times. Laziness allows you to ask questions that, “nose to the grindstone,” types would completely avoid. Here is a short list of important questions that lazy people ask of themselves that other people do not:-

  • Why am I doing this?
  • Why am I doing it this way?
  • What am I trying to get out of this?
  • Is this the best way to get this done?
  • What would happen if I did not do it at all?

You have been called lazy a few times by hard-working people simply because you ask those questions when they refuse to. You do not do tasks that do not have any apparent value. You are ruthless in seeking a more efficient method to do something. And you challenge assumptions about what has to get done.

Laziness Helps You Refocus on What is Most Important.

Being slothful in your approach to goal setting allows you to cut away anything that does not have to be done. In working on big goals this is a crucial skill if you want to achieve them. Hard working people can end up spending days, weeks or months on one element of a goal only to realize that there was an available solution that could have taken less than half the time.

When working on your interactive goal-setting program, you started by designing your own interface code. But a few days into writing it, laziness kicked in and you could not help feeling highly inefficient. Sure enough there was a plug-in you could buy for a little over a hundred ringgit that offered the basic functionality you needed.

Laziness + Drive = Productivity.

Lazy people are not lazy all the time. Unless the person has extremely low energy, even the laziest people still find time to surf the web, play games or socialize with friends. A lot of lazy people are not really lacking willpower, just some motivation.

Without a compelling drive being disciplined just makes you look busy to outside observers when you really are not getting anything done. Laziness only becomes apparent because without a strong drive, slothful people stop doing just about anything not necessary for survival or enjoyment.

You are a lazy person at heart. Even though you woke up a little after 5am to write this post and finish another chapter , deep down you are a very lazy person. You need a compelling drive to keep you busy. Without a strong drive, you will lay in bed until afternoon and watch television all day.

But once you create that drive, either through explicitly setting goals or opening your imagination to new possibilities, laziness becomes a tool not a curse. Instead of using your laziness to avoid work, you use it to maximize your resources.

Laziness Beats Willpower and Efficiency Any Time.

Willpower has its place, but for every drop of willpower you exert there should be a tonne of laziness that has been used before it. If you are having to use excessive willpower to reach a goal, often it is because you either have not created enough drive or you have not used enough laziness to discover a more efficient path.

You are using laziness as more than just a synonym for efficiency. Efficiency is good, but often trying to be efficient does not really ask the right questions. Simple efficiency asks, “How can I do this better.” It is true laziness that asks, “Why am I doing this in the first place?”

As a holistic learner, you have never been big on studying. While everyone around you chastised you for laziness, you did not ask, “How can I study better?” You asked yourself why you should bother to study at all. If you did not need to, there was not much point in spending time and exerting willpower for a similar grade.

True laziness takes a bit of courage as well. It can be very difficult for hardworking person to admit to themselves that they just wasted time and energy on something that does not matter.

Unleash the Laziness Within You.

Be really lazy today. Whenever you have to do something, follow it up with the question, “Why?” If you cannot come up with a good answer, do not do it. If it is a necessity for your job or survival, find the most efficient way to get it off your schedule. Delegate it to someone else. Find a way to get it done as soon as possible so you can move to more important things.

The Emperor Has No Clothes On Is Not Getting Work Done.

The scary part of being lazy is it leaves you naked. You no longer have your insulating cone of busyness to make you feel productive. The work you do actually has to mean something in order to get done. Instead of relying on willpower you rely on drive. Strip away your delusions of productivity by using this most underrated virtue.


Are you a perfectionist? That seems likely. Oftentimes, people with those characteristics really get bogged down by the magnitude of the tasks in front of them. Doing something means risking failing at it. Sometimes that risk seems to loom so large, and the drive to perfectionism is so strong, that any sort of meaningful and productive task just seems like it is not worth it. Why risk failing, when you can just do something else instead?

Of course, in the back of your mind you know that those choices are causing you to fail anyway. That is why you are miserable.

So, you have to re-think things in a different way. First up, you have to give yourself permission to fail, permission to be less than perfect sometimes. Failing at something, making mistakes, opens up a great opportunity to learn something new.

Secondly, you have to recognize that laziness and procrastination are destructive to your word. When you take on a task you make a promise to somebody (perhaps just yourself, but somebody) that you will complete that task. Putting that off brings you out of integrity with your word in the matter. That is not bad, or wrong, it is just what there is in the situation.

But integrity is the thing that makes life work. It is the structure that holds our interactions together. When integrity fails, the structure collapses. Honouring your word is the way to make sure that the integrity of the situation remains intact.

The best way to honour your word is to put it into some sort of reality. Start making and keeping a schedule, and a to-do list, if you do not already. Start planning your actions, breaking them into smaller tasks that are more easily achievable. Those things serve as a very real reminder that you have made a promise that you need to keep. Your word has to be the thing that keeps you moving forward. Honouring that word has to become your primary motivation.

You also need to enlist others to keep you accountable. Get a friend to check on you, and to kick your ass. When you need motivating to take an action, somebody is there to hold you accountable for that action.

But, most importantly, you have to recognize that honouring your word to yourself is absolutely critical. It is easy to keep promises to others, we do not like to disappoint. But it is much harder to keep your word with yourself. You are every bit as deserving of that respect as anybody else who might be involved.

Change your perspective. It will change your life.

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