Remember the time during work that you hung around your cubicle and throwing paper airplanes or playing around?
Or THAT time in school when the teacher wasn’t looking and you were playing Tetris Battle or socializing with your friends?
That was your span of laziness, that moment when you ignored your regular routine.
The emphasis is on the word, ignored.
Whether it’s at home or school, there is a routine adopted everyday and driving off road from the routine will bring disastrous results or even worse, being expelled or fired.
We all want to know the reason why these people CHOOSE to be unproductive and what factors influence them.
For example, we are interested in whether being lazy is dependent on working hours or possibly the environment that the person is in.
By this point, you wouldn’t be interested in this article.
Therefore, here’s something that could fascinate you. An info graphic that shows that people who ignored their duty were most likely to sleep less, drink more and eat with a bad stomach.
If you don’t want to be that lazy, this article will not demonstrate how to combat it, it shows HOW to avoid being lazy.
WHY SHOULD WE AVOID BEING LAZY?
If you are a student in high school or in university, getting your degree, here’s something that would be worth looking at.
You think playing videogames and doing something at your spare time would be on top of the list?
No, you are pursuing a university education.
If you consider the second image that shows that the majority of the day is spent in class and the other half, unplanned and unable to figure out what to do.
It shows that there is a lack of organization which is a tendency seen in unproductive and lazy people.
In the first infographic, these three behavioral tendencies of lazy people are what people already expect. There’s actually more to that!
Adam Heltzman of Higher Visibility states in Inc.com that lazy people are more likely to do the following things
• Making excuses
• Ignoring things
• Asking for help
• Lack of drive
• Thinks he deserves the credit for something he hasn’t done.
If your position is high enough in the working space or having a job that allows you to control a group, this IS essential.
In the case of the couch potatoes and the slackers, this is a wakeup call!
What Factors Play a Key Role?
Knowing the behavioral habits of a lazy person could help analysts and psychiatrists understand what factors can influence or bring about the ‘lazy’ behavior in a person.
In simpler terms, it’s finding something in the workplace or outside that makes a person lazy.
An example would be slacking off in school because the lesson is boring, as mentioned earlier.
The only difference in this scenario is that the person is only doing it because the lesson is making him bored. Consequently, that could be a factor that affects laziness.
Neel Burton, a M.D at Oxford University describes a few factors of unproductivity in a psychology website.
He perceives that some people regard laziness as the same token as being poor and failure to the point that a poor person is considered lazy, ignoring the effort he put into his work.
Dr. Burton thinks that people find it difficult to focus on a long-term goal which does not bring them satisfaction or pleasure.
They are regarded as poor organizers because they plan to do something without considering the consequences and there is no limit to how far they will go.
Dr. Burton referred the hedonist (pleasure) teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher, Epicurus as an example of the fact that people are being lazy because they are not doing a task that will bring them pleasure.
Most lazy people aren’t lazy in the inside, it is a matter of finding what they really want to do in life.
Burton believes that the jobs that offer the salary that enables them to pay their bills are becoming a void that fills in the gap of their inner desire, an abstract idea.
This concept can be best described as the level of satisfaction upon completing something that pleasures you.
A builder can look with aching satisfaction upon the houses that he has built, and a doctor can take pride and joy in the restored health and gratitude of his patients, but an assistant deputy financial controller in a large corporation cannot be at all certain of the effect or end-product of his labor.
So why should he bother? – Neel Burton
Other factors that can affect laziness are the loss of self-c
onfidence and fear. In the workplace, sometimes, people fear of being successful too soon and unable to adapt to the level of success.
This leads to being unproductive so they won’t climb up the ladder to the top and unable to face the increasing pressures that come with each position.
So, here’s something to think about… Is being lazy worth it?
On the Contrary…
Lazy people should be positive when there is actually an upside to being lazy in all areas.
Being lazy doesn’t always guarantee you a red card.
In fact, Adam Mann, an educator and a blogger who recently posted a piece discussing seven reasons why lazy people are more likely to be successful.
- Firstly, they are very creative in terms of organizing their work because they always find a way to simplify things. Like how people were lazy to scoop out the dirt? They invented a digging machine!
- They have ideas and thoughts other people don’t have.
- They know when they have to relax and when they have to work.
- They prefer to focus on what they want to do, not having their boss ordering them around.
- They are lazy BUT smart. Always attempting to find something to do and accomplish within the workday.
- Using resources that allow them to be lazy. For example, creating a Google Document where other people can help and the person can join in anytime as it automatically saves.
- Taking their time and not worrying about anything despite the possibility of something affecting their work.
The laziest person will always find an easy way to approach the task or situation without the sense of urgency. Now…
The Ball is in Your Court
The matter of whether being lazy affects your productiveness positively and negatively is dependent on your success in the end of the day.
Sometimes it’s GOOD to be lazy, just to see how you could approach the task.
On the other hand, it might be unacceptable because the job doesn’t always give the pleasure and stress is always on the radar.
Applying this to a real-life scenario, in a basketball game, you are faced with scoring the game-winning basket.
You have two options, score or pass to the teammate that’s open.
If you score, there is a 70% chance it’s going in.
If you pass, there is a high chance as your teammate is not vulnerable.
But then, people would think you are lazy to score in a high-pressure situation.
That’s on the other side of the coin.
In the other side, passing the ball may be beneficial because in the end of the day, you both gain the credit you feel you deserve, increasing your pleasure level.
BANKING ON CHANCE
Yes, being lazy can affect how other people perceive you.
It can affect how you approach the task. It can affect what you think about.
But, what it doesn’t affect is the success of your work, the fruits of your labor.
Different people experience laziness in a different manner, thus not everyone expects the same out of each other.
In the end of the day, it’s all about what you tried to accomplish, which brings us to our next question. ‘Is being lazy good or bad for you?’