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The Lost Art Of Laziness – 5 Steps To Winning At Lazy Living

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“You gotta know when to be lazy. Done correctly, it’s an art form that benefits everyone.”

Nicholas Sparks

Let’s be honest, laziness is not what you’d expect find topping a list of desired qualities or attributes for probably, well, anything. Regardless of whether you consider yourself lazy or not, it’s not something you’re going to be advertising on your CV or Tinder profile anytime soon.

Laziness does not get good press.

But maybe it’s hard done by.

Maybe, laziness isn’t so bad after all.

Let’s not get carried away, we’re not saying it’s okay to hide in your duvet binge-watching Netflix every single day with just a family pack of your favourite Doritos for company. (Sorry.)

It’s possible though, that laziness can actually be used as a tool for efficiency, time saving and even problem solving.

So next time someone calls you lazy – take it as a compliment.

Here’s why:

A lazy person – motivated to complete a task in the quickest and easiest way could potentially be the most effective.

Yep, that’s right. Laziness and efficiency could actually be two tools from the same box.

Check out this quote often attributed to Bill Gates:

“I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it”

As long as there’s a true motivation, the lazy person’s questions:

– Why am I doing this?
– How can I get this done quicker?
– Would this be better done by someone else?
– What’s the best way to achieve this?
– What are the consequences if I don’t?

can all lead to finding the simplest, easiest and most efficient solutions.

If there is a way to get the same job done equally as well in less time whilst still achieving the desired result, it’s a win.

Ruthlessly cutting out unneccesary parts of tasks and focusing on what’s really important leads to higher efficiency.

So laziness, far from being an undesired and negative character trait, could actually be embraced as a useful tool.

Plus, and here’s the best bit:

the more efficiently you can carry out the tasks you have to do, the more time you can save to put aside for yourself to be as lazy as you like.

So, if you’re looking to maximise your downtime, here are some useful tips to optimise that laziness as best possible.

5 Ways To Adopt Organised Laziness

1. Find ways to get things done faster

Think about how you can speed things up a bit. Organsing your things so you know where everything is will save time looking for them. This works the same way digitally – organising your online documents into clear and easy to access folders will also save you time.

2. Combine tasks

Think about where time could be saved my combining errands. If your trip to the hairdressers takes you past the supermarket, pick up your groceries on the way back to save an extra trip.

Batching tasks can also be a good way to save time, rather than going backwards and forwards between tasks, do all tasks of a similar nature together. For example, if you were a painter you wouldn’t paint one wall, then the skirting of that wall, then the coving of that wall. You’d paint all the walls, then all the coving, then all the skirting. It’s more efficient use of tools and time.

3. Avoid repetition.

Try to make it so you don’t have to keep repeating tasks over and over. This could mean creating templates you can use over and over without having to build basics every time, or having a bank of stock email replies if you find yourself retyping the same email constantly.

4. Automate where possible

Save time on regular tasks by taking advantage of automation. Bills can be set up to be paid automatically. Groceries can be ordered online with an automated shopping list that saves your usual choices. You can arrange for household essentials to be regularly delivered on a schedule that suits you. There are so many options for automating tasks, both at work and for general household life.

5. Avoid anything high maintenance

Think ahead when making decisions or purchases. If you hate mowing grass, maybe a paved garden is better for you. Not a fan of vacuuming? A darker or speckled carpet will let you get away with longer between vacuums. Better yet, a robot vacuum will do that for you.

Buying clothes that don’t crease easily will save time on ironing. Fake plants can look like the real thing and give some colour to your home, but don’t require watering. You get the idea.


Skipped to the end? Here’s what it boils down to:

  • Laziness leads to efficiency
  • Efficiency saves time
  • More time means you can stay in bed longer

Therefore, laziness is a virtue. (Potentially.)

The lost art of laziness - 5 simple ways to optimise your downtime

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