How laziness has made me more efficient.

Hard-work takes you a long way, but do you really want to always have to work hard?

I’m not one to try and flaunt that things come to me effortlessly, that is not true at all. What I’ve learn from college and just being around students is that there are always those people who pride themselves in not putting in the hard work, but being able to get the good grade. Basically, it’s the pride that being lazy is okay because you can still get what you want. That was me in high school and what seems to be a different stage of life that I cannot exactly repeat in this whole new set of stages. This transcends beyond academics and the letters and numbers that may represent abilities, it’s how people carry themselves in all aspects of life. Few would admit the vast amount of effort invested into work that seems to yield a lacking amount of achievement. Laziness becomes a great excuse because it shows you didn’t care, and if you didn’t care, how can you feel anything for it. You can go on being nonchalant.

Laziness. Some people see it as poison. Yeah, it does have that corrosive power that can really wipe away all the solid aspects of life. On the other hand, it also has the ability to take away what we probably don’t know that we don’t need. Laziness is like a virus and I am its host. I’ve let it spread all over my life but I am slowly learning to contain it where its powers can be appraised.

I’ve learned to be lazy in my work, which has helped me be more efficient at it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not all lazy in my work, only where I find it able to thrive. If I wasn’t lazy in doing some of my tasks, I would be ok with doing the repetitive and mundane duties that I cannot stand, which would probably take up all of my time and energy. No, I’m just not diligent enough to be okay with performing these tasks. Therefore, I’ve let my laziness spread in this arena and it has enabled me to shortcut around my work which in turn has brought back more time thus the ability to grow and learn new and different things. It might not be as easy for everyone to take shortcuts, but because part of my job deals with a lot of data, I am not one to be able to sit too long on trying to manage the data in a manual way. Being lazy and unsatisfied with the tasks I have to do, I’ve delved into my stream of laziness so I can find the shortcut and perform that tasks at a much less effortful level but being able to produce the same outcomes with more time to spare.

Imagine if laziness didn’t exist. I don’t think people would ever want to break the boundaries and try to do things quicker because they would be okay spending their time slowly doing things, never trying to find shortcuts because there simply won’t be shortcuts because non-laziness is okay with the long and effortful path. But for lazy people, shortcuts are our best friends. This day in age it’s all about efficiency and speed. It makes sense right, we want to be able to do as much as we can because we know time is limited, so we want to do it quickly so we can do more. So is it okay to say that laziness has gotten us here in this rapid type of lifestyle?

The ideal case is to put in as little effort as possible and still maximize the best outcome. This is the perfect game for laziness because people who are lazy don’t like to work too hard and everyone wants the best. I’ve just been thinking about how many of the inventions and apps that have been created and are being created is aimed towards this idea: efficiency and to ease people’s lives. It kind of goes hand in hand with being lazy in my opinion. People want their lives to be easier because they don’t want to have to work too hard to do certain things so they can use the energy to do something else. Essentially, the creators of these apps are laziness experts because they’ve found the shortcuts. I think so and it makes me want to be a laziness expert as well. I spend all of the time I’ve saved from taking shortcuts to brainstorm how I can create more shortcuts for myself and for others.

I’m not trying to say that laziness is a good thing, I’m just trying to express how it’s not all bad. Good things can come from bad things too. We just need to know where to place the bad so it can become good.

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About Lynn Vo

I am just another mind with a laptop and fingers that type out the thoughts that invade my brain. I like to share these thoughts because it's extremely selfish of me to keep these thoughts open to only one person who has access to it. Share your thoughts with me and I'll keep them safe.
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