Some people (normally the ‘perfectionists’ of this world) often judge lazy people to go about living life. This includes describing them as ‘sloths’ with low self-confidence, lack of self-esteem, a lack of positive recognition by others, etc.
Lazy people often get a bad rap for doing nothing for this world, watching too much TV, playing video games, always traveling, working from home, etc. Well, maybe they are just better at prioritizing and maintaining a fine balance between their work and life tasks.
Maybe the perfectionists of this world are just jealous of how lazy people have time to live their lives to the fullest?! If you are constantly stressed, work overtime, and have no time for your family or holidays, you may want to take a leaf out of their book to live life smarter (not harder).
Anyway, here are 9 smart things that lazy people do:
1. They always find the easy path
Bill Gates said, “I would choose a lazy person to do a hard job because they will find an easy way to do it.” There is nothing wrong with finding the easiest way to do a hard job!
2. They delegate to others
They surround themselves with experts and get them to do all their work. Delegating does not mean dumping work on people in a careless manner. They still need to choose the right people and be fully involved in decision-making.
3. They learn from others’ failures
They research past lessons learned and seek help from others instead of figuring It out independently, which saves them time. There is no point in re-inventing the wheel.
4. They don’t overthink it
They don’t feel the need to be perfect or overthink it so they can hit the ground running and get started quickly on whatever needs to be done. Check our simple tips to stop overthinking here.
5. They make work fun
They can make the most boring tasks fun by taking lots of breaks, listening to music, and involving their teammates. When I was managing a small testing team, I still remember how their communication improved when I installed an indoor basketball hoop in our office.
6. They are more relaxed
They are already conserving energy, so they handle high-pressure tasks by working smarter (not harder) and getting it done in a relaxed manner.
7. They are efficient
They are able to focus on the 20% and take smart shortcuts that gets results to avoid any extra work. It’s all about good time management and being selective about what they do.
8. They mind their own business.
They are just too lazy to poke their noses into other’s businesses which keeps life simple. They have more time to deal with other pressing issues.
9. They are more innovative
They have more time to think creatively and contribute to new ideas. There is a great opportunity to find innovative ways to live and work smarter post-COVID-19 and the current lock-down situation. It’s time to think outside the box!