I’m not one of the most active people in the world. I am happier about staying home and enjoy my pizza than going on a road trip.
This comes as a surprise to many because I work out 5 times a week, I have 3 boys, a dog, and a cat, and we go on family hiking weekly. I am also a blogger, a business owner in the pet industry, and a realtor. So ‘lazy’ is the last adjective anyone who has met me will use.
Laziness is often misunderstood and looked down upon. It is not a negative action unless one idles around mindlessly, while the laundry is building up, the dirty dishes are piling in the sink, and food crumbs all over the floor.
Feeling lazy is to have a lack of motivation to carry out something because of the effort involved. Instead, you will find excuses to not carry out the activity entirely, or engage in less strenuous activities.
In our modern society of hustle and bustle, no normal human being can continually function at a fast pace in perfection. Well, unless we’re living in the world of I, Robot with Will Smith.
It is normal for you to wake up one morning and realized that you do not feel like doing anything. It is the day you deserve that break from those productive days – replying to emails, endless meetings, new marketing campaigns, and so on. You just want to be away from the world, lay on the couch and binge-watch the latest Netflix documentaries.
At the start, I do feel guilty that I’m not writing, or simply put, not sitting in front of my laptop. As I get used to my routine, I realized that when I am not feeling motivated or feeling lazy, I am wasting more time staring at the laptop with no work done eventually.
Laziness is not all that bad. It can be the key to your success and happiness! Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Feeling lazy inspires you
When I’m feeling lazy, I like to stare out and daze. When we are focused, it helps us to be productive. But, unfocused attention helps us be creative. Starring out and not thinking of the action, it gives you the freedom to let your mind wander. You will be surprised how far your mind can wander.
A study conducted by Benjamin Baird et al. (2011) found out that our minds wander into the future 48% of the time. Although it may look like you are idling when you are feeling lazy, your mind is still working. Just that it is working in the direction of creativity. You might suddenly think of a new dish, or new ideas to improve your existing marketing campaigns.
2. Laziness keeps your mind rested
When you are constantly on the go, your mind rarely has the chance to rest properly. You get mentally and emotionally exhausted until you are just mindlessly pushing yourself to go on. It lowers your productivities, and you become less capable of making good decisions.
This burnt-out mind and body will lead you to feel lazy. It is a sign your mind is telling you that you need a break from your hustling lifestyle. Listen to it and let your mind take a day off from work. If you feel bad about it, take it as you are letting your mind go on a vacation, just like what we love to do.
3. Feeling lazy keeps you focus
When you are feeling lazy, you will be able to focus on the priority tasks and push back the irrelevant ones. You will want to complete those tasks fast and efficiently. The only way to do that is to choose the specific few tasks that require your attention and leave the rest to another day.
Once your mind is properly rested and recharged, you will find yourself having the energy to start that e-book that you have been procrastinating, or you can’t wait to start working on your assignment again. Your mind is clear, and you can be productive again.
4. Lazy people are never in the mood for gossip and drama
Yup, that’s the last thing any person who just wants to idle needs. Your brain wants to rest, not worry about who your neighbor’s daughter is going out with, or whose cookie tastes better. All you care about is how Don Draper will get his place back in SC&P.
Feeling lazy keep your out of trouble with your wife too, you do not want to think of “What’s for dinner?”. Your reply will naturally be “Let’s just settle for a takeaway, honey. You’ve been working hard enough the entire day.” A happy wife is a happy life.
5. Lazy people like to delegate
As a mom, this is one of my favorite activities. Just thinking of the pile of chores is enough to make me lazy.
I like to get everyone to involve with the chores, especially during the weekends and holidays. There are lesser chances for them to negotiate and give excuses. The boys can load the washer, wash the dishes, walk the dog with their dad, while I prepare dinner for everyone. When everyone shares the responsibilities, we can finish up for the day faster.
One last thing, lazy people like to get things done as soon as possible.
When you want to get tasks completed in a short period, you will avoid gathering opinions because that will cause you to overthink your actions. You will focus on the objectives and you will know who are the right people for the right job.