As ironic as it may sound, it is in fact true. You can climb the ladder of success lazily and still reach the top.
The advantage in this approach will be that you will keep your sanity alive and your mind would still want to climb the ladder further.
One of the famous quotes by Bill Gates is “hire a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
Now, this statement is coming from one of the most successful people of the millennium. After this, if your mind is still doubtful and is curious to know about productive laziness, explore further.
Make a Not-To-do list instead of the regular one:
I know this sounds really upside down but it can work in your favor. Every morning you must be getting up thinking about all the stuff that you need to do. You probably must be noting it down on sticky notes or in your phone. This continues all day long.
What if you write all the things that don’t need to be done today! Just crossing off every task.
You will quickly find out what are all the high priority tasks and you would just do them ignoring the rest. The only one, two or maybe ten things that you will be doing will be the ones that are most important.
So, you can slack off after completing them instead of worrying subconsciously about all that work that you don’t even need to do today.
You probably want to do everything yourself because you do your work with all your heart. You are the perfectionist.
This in turn reduces your energy and you do all the work without actually going deep into it.
Divide your work. Don’t try to do everything yourself. That’s why you hired a team. You need to give them the freedom to make decisions and choose for themselves ‘what is the best possible way to do a task’. You can assist of course!
But don’t put all in your hands and head. Pass it on!
You probably attend tonnes of meetings, have hourly discussions, deploy presentations per day out of which only 20% is efficient. You keep lying to yourself that this is important. This will take your company forward. What you don’t realize is this is hindering all the actual work you need to get done.
If one of these days, you feel lazy and don’t go to a meeting or discussion, and do some task not to avoid the pain of it but just to gain pleasure, you would come up with ideas that would really help you and your company move forward.
Solve all the unnecessary meetings on the phone and only attend the ones or organize the ones that are on number one priority.
Don’t let your mind lie you into doing irrelevant work.
Nap and walk your way to the top:
Two things that have proved to reduce stress drastically are naps and walks. Lazing around your workplace can actually increase your focus.
Nasa, the space giant agrees to the fact that a 30 min nap can increase your productivity and advises its employees to take a nap or two.
Even companies like Google and Microsoft have built napping rooms for their employees. Another beneficial way to induce productive procrastination is taking a walk. Just a random, untimely and brief walk. If possible, around nature.
Just a lazy walk, a random stroll around your office or any place that you can find consisting of trees and hence, fresh oxygen. As much as it would benefit your metabolism, it would also benefit your thinking.
In this Age where Artificial Intelligence is at its peak, time becomes an important factor. And obviously, you have a shortage of it. Let alone being lazy, you are not even given a chance to breathe! So you keep going around with an imaginary oxygen mask.
What are machines and software built for then? For your use.
Buy a software or a technology that would help reduce your workload to a level where you can handle it well. Even if it is expensive, in the long run, it will only have pros.
A technology can do it faster and better than you. You on the other hand do only those tasks that need thinking and intuition. Leave the distress causing emails, employees’ progress comparisons and task management to the software. It will do the job for you leaving you with spare time in which you can work, laze around, eat your favorite cuisine or just nap!
Putting your hands to good use:
Studies suggest that you are 42% more likely to accomplish a task/goal if you jot it down. Writing specific details about your day, your to-dos, not-to-dos, your meeting schedule or even what new you have to do today!
Often in our daily goings, we tend to forget what we are going to do next. Planning a little before-hand would give insight and you will not feel guilty for lazing around if you want to.
Put a board in your office. Use colors. Red for high priority. Blue for creative work. Black for things you don’t need to do today. Also, pink or yellow for all the fun stuff.
When everything will be in front of your eyes, your mind won’t waver around only trying to recollect the unfinished tasks. You would focus on the one thing that you are doing instead of worrying about the ten things you need to get done later. Ultimately, you will finish your work with ease and in the best process possible leaving time for your laziness to come out.
Make time for your lazy soul, C’mon!
Conquer, Don’t just survive:
You must have heard these words in a video or read it in one or more blogs. But, do you actually understand what it means?
Let’s look at it objectively.
Survive: continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship.
Conquer: successfully overcome.
If you are working 18 hours a day, striving to meet past deadlines, ignoring your lunch breaks and running after success, you are just surviving. Surviving your every day. Surviving your work. Surviving Life!
Instead work according to the situation you are in. Ask yourself what is the most important task right now and accomplish that. Don’t ignore your lunch or lazy breaks. Instead take them. Refresh. Come back charged to do the next task.
‘Lazy’ is regarded as a negative word by people. Nobody wants to be lazy. What you should use is ‘sluggish’. That’s an unproductive word. Lazy isn’t.
More the lazy creature you come out to be, more the efficient ways you will find out to do a particular task. Having laziness as a trait is not a weakness, it is your strength. Use it to conquer your work. Conquer your every day to- do list. Conquer your surviving nature. Conquer your deadline. Conquer, don’t just survive.
Save your energy through productive laziness!