It’s Good to Be Lazy

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I’m sure that headline just pulled you in, right? I thought it was quite controversial myself. A lot of you already know this: I’m still a young adult. Most people of my age are considered to be lazy.

We’re all lazy at times, and we beat ourselves up for it. I’m not saying that you should go and watch a TV show marathon; I’m merely offering a different perspective.

Lazy Cat

What is laziness though? I call it a lack of effort or activity, which doesn’t seem entirely bad to me. Here’s why:

It Promotes Thought

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s a pretty hectic world. People are rushing from one thing to the next, constantly feeding themselves with information – there’s no time to stop.

Let me get this straight though, laziness does not equal relaxation, there’s a difference. Relaxation is planned, laziness is a trait.

But how does it promote thought?

It depends what we’re doing, if you’re watching TV – then you’re probably not going to be thinking much. On the other hand, if you lie in bed for an extra 30 mins (awake), your mind is going to be all over the place, in a good way.

What Does This Mean for Us?

Thought leads to action, therefore laziness leads to action. You may disagree with that, that’s fine – but I’ve seen it.

It Gives Us Solutions

A wide range of products are invented due to laziness, this is a commonly accepted view and I’m sure you’d agree with it also.

You could argue that a TV remote just makes things faster and easier, but was it really ‘that’ hard to click a button on the TV? Laziness.

And I can bet that most of these product’s inventors were lazy in one way or another, or understood laziness through someone else – they’re just trying to make life easier.

What Does This Mean for Us?

By being lazy, we’ll find more efficient ways to get things done – whether it’s cooking food, tracking goals, or whatever.

It provides motivation.

I touched on this above, and it’s true for most people. When one gets lazy, they realize how little they’re doing, and normally take action.

Not everyone is the same, of course, but it generally leads to us doing something. In fact, we may get lazy during the middle of something, and then find a more efficient way of doing the task.

It’s Natural

Lazy means that your body and mind are tired and want to rest.

Leo Babauta

Laziness is a sign! Just make sure you can differentiate between laziness and procrastination (an action of delaying or postponing something), they aren’t mutually exclusive but there is a crossover point.

The crossover point is this: laziness is again a trait, it’s something we’re generally unaware of, and on the other hand, procrastination is something we’re completely aware of and is normally brought on by fear of failure.

So, how is Laziness Good?

  • It gives us ideas
  • It helps us think
  • It’s motivating
  • It’s natural

Don’t ‘become’ lazy, but next time you find yourself ‘being’ lazy, and then embrace it. Do what your mind is telling you to do.

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