When you were in school (or if you're still in school), did you leave assignments until the very last day, even though you had weeks to do it?
How late do you sleep in on the weekend?
Do you make to-do lists?
Do you binge watch Netflix or similar services?
How often do you clean your house?
Do you ever ask your mate to fetch you things?
Do you exercise in the morning - for example, walk or jog?
Do you cook your own meals?
Do you wake easily in the morning for work or school?
How clean is your bedroom right now?
It's the middle of the night. You need to pee. What do you do?
How often do you leave your clothes in the washer and forget to transfer them to the dryer?
Where does your coat go when you get home?
You bought a gym membership after the holidays. What happens next?
You host a dinner party. Afterwards, your kitchen is a write-off. Do you...
Do you ever have times where you don't shower or bathe for days? If so, how many days do you go?
Am I Lazy?
The word lazy has such a negative stigma attached to it. If you are considered lazy, well, there really isn’t much hope for you, is there? Shunned by society as being a lay-a-bout, good-for-nothing, it’s the last thing we want to be perceived as.
But it really is a very common trait among humans – and maybe other species as well.
Once we have all our basic needs met (food, clothing, shelter), the rest is just icing on the cake. And some of us don’t bother to pursue anything past that. Instead, we prefer to think, daydream, fantasize, and smell the roses. We don’t kill ourselves to achieve more because we don’t want more. Well, maybe we do, but the effort required to get more isn’t worth it.
If this sounds like you, don’t fret and don’t feel guilty. Some of the most creative people in history might have been considered lazy by today’s standards.
If you consider yourself a low achiever and a little lazy, maybe it’s that you’re freeing up your mind for other things – better things.
Don’t feel bad if you don’t have the energy that you feel you should. Don’t worry about procrastinating about things every so often. There is more to life than always being on. You have nothing to feel guilty about. As long as your basic needs are met, who cares?
But our modern society with its dated Protestant work ethic looks down upon those who aren’t putting in a decent day’s work. If you’re not working as hard as everyone else, society has a way of shaming you into “doing what’s right” even if you have everything you need. If everyone else is putting in a 40-60 hour week, then you should too. If all your friends and family have a nice house and two cars, well, you’re just going to be considered a failure unless you have that too.
Oftentimes, it’s based on jealousy. No one wants to be working away while you’re taking life easy.
Never mind the fact that you have given up many of life’s luxuries in order to work less.
That is what you’re up against. Is it any wonder that we tend to feel so guilty about being lazy? Society ingrains this work ethic into us starting at a very early age.
You have to put things in perspective
Our planet’s resources are finite. There is only so much to go around. Does it really make sense for everyone to get as much as they can? Not only are we harming our world, but we are knocking ourselves out to do it.
That’s the way I look at it. I embrace being lazy once in a while (and you should too). Allow yourself some guilt free time to just do nothing.
Now, if it’s affecting your life negatively, then that’s a different issue. If you aren’t able to create enough money to provide the basic necessities, then you have a problem. Having said that, it takes a lot less effort than one might think. In fact, you may find that you don’t have to work 40 hours a week if all you need are the basics.
Now, if you feel you’re so lazy that you can’t get anything done, then maybe you need some help.
There are many techniques and tools out there to make you more productive.
For example, if you are addicted to Facebook, Youtube, etc, there are apps out there that will delegate the time you spend on those in the course of a day. Sometimes all we need is to be reminded of how much time we really spend on these sites.
If your problem is procrastination, then try setting a timer for a certain period of time where you do just one task – laser focus on that and nothing else. Start small (say, 5 minutes) and increase as needed.
Am I Lazy?
No one wants to be considered lazy. We want everyone to like us. But ultimately, it is your life and no one has the right to tell you any different. It’s a lesson we can all learn.