Be Productive: Be Lazy!

Why am I always amused by these debunking-the-myth articles, especially when it comes to GTD? Last time it was justifying procrastination; this time it’s taking advantage of laziness!

Here’s an observation: often the smartest people are the laziest ones. They’re always looking for ways to get out of work, or do make something easier, and their creative ways of doing that have come up with some of the most ingenius, productive inventions: the computer, the microwave, the car, the Clapper, to name but a few.

10 Ways to Make Laziness Work for You by Leo Babauta

Two years ago I would have been thoroughly annoyed by that statement because people around me slacked off and got away with it and maintained their reputation as the most industrious people of the bunch.

Maybe because we need fewer slackers and more hard workers that time. Org and Department work both required free time, and not everybody was willing to give that up especially in between an already hectic academic life. You usually choose your orgs (and jobs) based on perks anyway.

Maybe because they weren’t doing it properly. Delegating would start to mean leaving everything up to everyone else and having to do nothing at all. I believe in hands-on leadership, especially if the people you’re managing have absolutely no idea how to do things. You’ll be surprised how many times I run into those types.

Today, I’m just glad I found more advice on managing my time wisely. I juggle way too many pins at a time that it looks crazy. What part of Don’t Get A Job did I not understand? All of it.

Bonus points for mentioning Gilmore Girls twice! And it literally applies to me since it’s a Friday and the show will come on in less than two hours.

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  1. Well, when you go up in the corporate ladder, you have to start delegating work to people below you. It’s not that you’re being lazy or being bossy, but you have to start doing organization stuff – like budget management, project boards, resource/capacity management. Now these things look simple, but heck, it’s difficult especially if you’re handling a big group. Net, you don’t have time to do detailed specific technical things that you used to do, you have to look at the bigger picture.

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  2. “people around me slacked off and got away with it and maintained their reputation as the most industrious people of the bunch.”

    was i one of those people? harhar. ;) i knew when to slack off and when to blaze the way to glory (and exhaustion). but a slacker, nonetheless.

    you need to slack more ;) especially since you are already adept at getting the job done on time, or even earlier. heheh.

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  3. I used to think that the people who did all the “real work” in a company were non-management… I’d make those jokes that everyone who isn’t a manager makes (managers only delegate — they’re lazy) until I became a manager. Life on the other side of the fence is not always greener.

    The bigger the rat, the bigger the cheese… but the more headaches one has. More meetings, more e-mails to read… more organization… just more.

    I’m just glad I got out of the rat race and started doing freelance work…. and focused on the more important things in my life — more time for friends, family, faith and fun. Some people have said I wasn’t ambitious enough… that maybe I was lazy and that’s why I dropped out of the corporate world… They couldn’t be more wrong. I just realized my priorities and what I wanted more…

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  4. Fruityoaty, I think being in freelance requires more knowledge of management and much more hard work. Good for you.

    Codeslack, nice to see you have a website on your name again! Ironically, I said I’d slack off today after an exhausting hiatus (ironic, huh) but here I am multitasking again.

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