Here’s the cold, bitter truth. In fact, my typing slowed as I started thinking about this.
Yes. I’m lazy. I don’t like doing…things. Anything that doesn’t involve an iPad, TV or sleeping. I just don’t like doing it.
No need to confirm with my Mom. (Although she did think it was funny to buy me a “Future Trophy Wife” pajama set.) I’m the youngest child. I’m spoiled. I was never expected to do a lot of chores. I just worked my butt off in school and…that was it.
The apartment my husband and I share is generally cluttered, even though I have all day to clean. I do my best. I take care of it as best as I can. But I put off anything that involves work.
Even my writing.
*sigh* Yes, I do delay writing out of laziness. In fact, I delayed this very blog. So. Much. Irony.
But is being lazy all bad? You may recall my post about how procrastination is a really great time management tool. (Yep, I did.) So how can laziness be seen as a positive?
1) Provides reorganization of thoughts: Taking the time to do nothing does what I call putting “perspective on the overwhelm”. Obviously, it helped me put together my thoughts of this very blog. It reminded me of the little things I should be focusing on and not all of the “busy-ness”.
Try it. Stop “doing.” Just for a minute.
Have you remembered something important on your to-do list? Notice you’ve had a muscle clenched or you were holding your breath?
Yeah, that freaks me out, too.
2) Brings out the proactive side of you: You’re a freelancer. An entrepreneur. A go-getter. Even I have a hard time being idle for very long. Taking a moment to be lazy reminds you of how proactive you have been (or need to be).
How has your business grown? What networking relationships have you fostered? What blogs or training do you need to catch up on?
3) Serves as a reward for working so hard: I’ve been doing a lot lately. Guest blogging. Working a new part-time job outside the home. Attempting to focus on the business side of social media rather than the personal side.
All while trying to maintain a small household, something I’ve never had to do on my own before (and for other people at that)!
4) May be a warning sign: Slow down and think about why you’re being lazy. Are you taking care of yourself – mentally, physically, emotionally? Being a freelancer or business owner means neglecting a lot of those important sides of your wellbeing.
Are you exhausted or not feeling well? Laziness can be a cue to something deeper you may need to take care of.
Notice how all of these tips didn’t encourage further laziness? (Man, I wish it did.)
But the truth is perpetual laziness is bad for you. Bad for your business. Just plain bad. It can’t get any worse than the worse three-letter word there is, now can it?
Despite my propensity to lie around and do nothing, moments of laziness (eventually) encourages some sort of action.
Self-employment: is it causing you to be lazy? Or are you a taskmaster, the dreaded other extreme? Talk to me in the comments below.
If you prefer being less burdened by tasks, so you can be a little lazy (for once!), consider working with me to relieve you of some of your writing and administrative assistant projects.