I don’t think I’ve hidden the fact that I’m lazy. Do I try to be productive while working at home? Yes, I do. Do I sometimes show a complete lack of regard to my laptop, letting it wither on the counter while I suck up a Golden Girls mini-marathon? Heck yeah I do ! And what can be lazier than that except, of course, a day of reading the endless tripe that spews forth from the the internet machine.
I’m a full-time blogger, I take care of the house and I still have plenty of time to enjoy my vices. So, when I stumbled upon this time use table, my eyes were opened to how much time I actually spend doing the everyday things.
But I am STILL LAZY !
How, then, do I manage to get all my work done ? How can I be lazy and productive?
I do it like this:
How I Manage To Be Lazy AND Productive
This is a little trick I learned during my 9-5 office jobs (all of which I hated). Delegate. Back in the day it was called “passing the buck”, but I call it “letting someone else do the crap”. I can list off a dozen things that I have to do every day – things that I would rather pawn off to someone else. Like an intern. Or my kids. Yep, they’re great little worker bees when I need some paper-sorting and label-sticking sort of things done.
I Cut The Clutter
I don’t know about you, but I like to keep things simple. And when it comes to work, the less hassle the better. Unfortunately for me, this lesson took a lot of heartache, stress and secret anger before it sank in.
This is what I learned NOT to do:
- I don’t take on any tasks or projects if I know the job and I are not a good match.
- I don’t accept work if I sense a problem – like a scam.
- I don’t waste my time if I know – deep down – the project or job will be a pain in my rump.
Ahhh, the Kaboom toilet system…where have you been all my life? Even when I’m at my laziest I can clean my toilets. I seem to have made it my mission to seek out tools that make all my jobs easier. Like scrubbing the pot. And sweeping the floor. Not only do I automate my everyday house cleaning chores, I find tools to be more productive and get my work-work done. Like setting up my browser’s start page to go directly to my blog so I get straight to work instead of looking at bath remodel ideas on Pinterest. And, if I actually used Twitter more often, I would use Hootsuite to schedule my tweets.
If only I had a robot to take out the garbage.
Is procrastination a fancy word for lazy? Well, if pulling out all of my delay tactics is kin to my slothiness, then yes. I like to think of procrastinating as a good thing – it forces me to become motivated and therefore find the ambition to do what needs to be done. Looming deadline? No problem! I just look at my to-do list, figure out what I have to do NOW, what can wait til later, and get cracking. Surprisingly, the things I shove down to the “wait” section get done…eventually. You see, these are the things that must not be too important since I keep shoving them down the list.
Another little tid-bit I learned from my stint in the 9-5 world was to split-up projects into several smaller segments and do each piece when I was able to. Of course, there was always a deadline, but that only ensured the entire job would get done . Because I am a Golden Girls-aholic, I employ this work-in-short-bursts strategy so I never miss the slutatious antics of Blanche Devereaux, Truth is, working like this makes every job seem as though the entire project is smaller than it really is. I just have to be sure the end result is to the satisfaction of my client – even if my client is my family.
I love naptime ! Sometimes, a ten minute re-charge of my brain is all I need. A while ago I read about sleeping less to do more and I took on some of those little challenges. It didn’t take me long to realize that I could make sleep work for me. But sometimes I need a teeny-weeny bit more because it’s not always possible to wind down and get a good night’s sleep (especially when hot flashes are raging !). So I nap.
You Can Admit It: You’re Lazy, Too.
We all have a little bit of laziness in us. Even if it’s only sometimes. Use it to your advantage and you can get more work done than you ever thought possible.