The lost art of laziness

In much of our culture, laziness is frowned upon. Calling someone lazy is meant to mean they don’t do enough and are flawed in some way. I’d like to change this. For me, I’m putting laziness on my weekly goal list. And I’m even doing this without feeling guilty!

Being truly proactively lazy is a lost art, in an era of rushing around, being busy and working on being productive. But for me, being busy makes me tired and stressed. Don’t get me wrong. I love being on the go. Except to be proactive and healthy, laziness is a must.

In Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the seventh habit says that self care is important to being proactive and is pivotal on whether someone can be effective in keeping to the other habits. Covey calls this seventh habit, “Sharpening the saw.” I’d like to give a shorter title – laziness!

So, my goal list now sports a new task. I’m aiming on keeping one day every weekend free for being seriously lazy. On this day, changing out of pyjamas is optional. I can turn off the phone, listen to my fave radio show, talk with my neighbour (the one who keeps me alive with homemade jam drops and cups of tea), and when ugg boots in Winter are mandatory.

I’ve done this because I am busy. And because I’d like to continue to be busy and be relaxed at the same time. I’m aware that being too busy can disconnect me from my values, and from those who mean the most to me. In order to achieve all that is important and to keep participating in life in a way that is meaningful, one lazy day a week is not wasted time. It’s as equally important to my being busy on all the other days.

So, put on your pyjamas, and if it’s cold weather, your uggies. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and park yourself in your favourite chair. Read that book you’ve been putting off, turn on the telly, and chill-ax. Start being lazy right now, and get some practice in for your lazy day.

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