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Humour Helps Procrastination

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From: waitbutwhy.com

So I have been doing some surfing research on procrastination, but really what I’ve been doing is procrastinating about writing another blog post on procrastination.

Sad.

It’s so easy to beat ourselves up about not doing the things we know we should, and even the things we want to do… because beating ourselves up is actually another form of procrastination. Procrastination becomes a habit and the mind can find all sorts of creative ways to not make something happen and justify it as well.

The mind is a tricky thing, isn’t it?

Being a procrastinator is ultimately very tiring though. It’s depressing and this leads to finding even more ways to procrastinate, because then I try to find things to entertain myself with to avoid the guilt of my procrastination and lack of productivity. Knowing in the back of my mind that my dreams are not coming true because I am a world-class procrastinator sucks. So I’ll find myself surfing the web watching cat videos, sitting in front of the TV while some useless show is on, or rereading a novel for the fourth time. It takes my mind off the procrastination.

“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.”

~Robert Benchley

Avoiding guilt isn’t going to help. So I thought about other obstacles I have faced and how I’ve dealt with them. ADD is one of my biggest challenges. Having all channels in my head on at once, all the time and not being able to focus on just one has caused me some grief. It’s affected most areas of my life and I’ve struggled with depression because of it. When I first began to try to deal with it I found that laughing at some of the foibles of being ADD was very helpful. I constantly lose my keys… like EVERY SINGLE DAY, sometimes several times a day… I used to think to myself, “how can you be so stupid?” I don’t talk to myself like that anymore…it’s not helpful. It’s stressful and when I’m stressed it’s much harder to focus.

Being able to laugh at oneself is a very useful key in approaching any problem that lowers ones self-esteem. I’ve used it with my ADD, because having ADD isn’t something that’s going to go away and when I scourge myself for the symptoms which often can really mess things up for me, it just makes it worse.

But laughing at myself when I do something ‘ADD’ helps a lot. Then I’m able to take it in stride and move on, without the energy sucking feelings that I’m too messed up, or not as smart as others, or whatever crap runs through my head.

Tim Urban over at Wait But Why has captured the mind of the procrastinator in a hilarious but accurate way. Of all the articles I’ve read on it so far his resonates with me the most. He uses humour to describe it and to tackle it. I was crying laughing out loud and agreeing with his take on this insidious problem.

Tim’s is a playful yet insightful look at what happens inside the mind of the procrastinator and he also has some great ideas on how to change it. Go check it out…

http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html

 

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Too Lazy to be a Wage Slave

I don’t have a job.

I’m lazy.

There, I said it. It’s true. I am.

In our culture not having a job is looked upon with suspicion, even contempt. There are words to describe such people like; slacker, freeloader, bum, ne’er-do-well, and my favorite, LAZY.

There’s a belief that to be a worthy person you must work, as an employee, at a job, for someone else. Or be an employer. A boss.

I’m neither. Although if I needed help in my endeavors and I could offer someone something of value for their skills and creativity I certainly would do so. Only on a contract basis though, because I believe wages, trading time for money, is ridiculous, disrespectful and unproductive.

I’m lazy because I need a good reason to do anything. If something doesn’t make sense to me I won’t do it. Whatever it is.

I’m lazy because I’m logical. I’m lazy because I am incapable of swallowing unchallenged beliefs. I’m lazy because I think for myself… and I won’t believe things just because they are ‘common sense’ or cultural assumptions. I won’t do things because of ‘tradition’, or “that’s the way it is”, or “that’s the way we’ve always done it”, or any kind of non-answer to my questions. I despise unspoken rules.

I also don’t respond well to guilt trips and that seems to really piss people off, but that’s another post for another day.

I’m lazy because I won’t do anything I find unethical or don’t personally believe in.

The dichotomy here is that thinking for yourself is hard work. Researching and evaluating good information to actually make an informed choice is hard work. Challenging one’s own belief systems is uncomfortable, sometimes painful. Challenging the status quo is unpopular and it has very real social consequences, it is NOT easy.

It takes courage to choose to not follow the crowd. It takes courage to reject what’s known as common sense.

I’m not lazy because I’m afraid of hard work, or even dislike hard work. I’m lazy because what I do, what I spend my time and energy on, has to be something I can put my heart into. I’m lazy because I have chosen to do the things that bring me joy. I’m lazy because I don’t buy into the idea that I need a job to make a living.

Steve Pavlina has a great article here about the lie of needing a job.

I’m lazy because I need to use my creativity to be happy and most employers really don’t want that. I’m lazy because I don’t see the point of being somewhere for eight hours a day when the work could be done in five, or from home, or in the middle of the night.

I’m lazy because I despise office politics and I refuse to suck up to anybody. I’m lazy because I have a million great ideas to make something better, more effective, add greater value, and contribute to the world but in most work environments creative thinking is shut down in a heartbeat.

It’s not wanted.

What is wanted is an automaton, obedient, mediocre. Just keep your head down, play the game and do the mind-numbing, soul-sucking and mostly unnecessary tasks given, in the way you are told.

Sorry, can’t do it.

I’m too lazy to be a wage slave.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Happiness, Success

 

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