I agree with some bloggers there’s not enough validation and encouragement for being lazy and non-productive. Yes, I really believe in the power of doing nothing. And I’m as ambitious and as much of an over-achiever as anyone.
Here’s how it works: It is really an art to get results with the minimum amount of exertion. Fred Grantzon declares his mission:
The Lazy Way to Success
Hard work is passé. The paradigm-shifting concept is "Smart Laziness" – where success comes through cleverly avoiding work but still getting the job done. In this oasis, we celebrate those magical ways where doing less accomplishes more.
Another favorite blog is The Slacker Manager, which explains itself as "paving the path of least resistance, so you don’t trip and fall."
The great gift of taking a few hours off (for example to watch Wimbledon on TV), is that it refreshes your mind. You come back to your computer completely detached. Urgent emails do not disturb you. You can look your tasks in the eye without fear.
Suddenly you are filled with a desire to focus in on that which really counts.
Well, sometimes at least. I’ll admit there are times when I get way too detached and can’t focus on work at all! That happens when the break is too long, too enjoyable, and whenever I am having so much fun that all ambition hits the trash can.
I found this great blog on the To-Done site that gives some really good tips on how to get refocused and back to work after taking time off.
Please be sure to read these tips, especially if you are taking some time off, you know for 4th of July, or summer vacations.
Here’s to having fun! What are you doing to enjoy yourself (while squeezing in some work)?
P.S. I’m off to play some tennis and may take a book out to the pool afterwards. I’d go on vacation somewhere wonderful, but since I live here in Del Mar, why travel?