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Balancing act: Is it ever OK to just be lazy?

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  • kamster Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    I feel it is totally OK to be lazy sometimes and even necessary. It's important for me to have a little down-time once a week or so to recharge. There is nothing better than a Sunday afternoon nap. When I get up I can then focus on the week ahead, plan out my schedule, and what I'm going to need to do to accomplish the tasks I have ahead of me.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Feb. 20, 2013 11:45 p.m.

    I think I have those thoughts when the lottery gets over $100 million. I would consider myself a workaholic or at least a busyaholic. I don't necessarily have to work at "work" but I can't sit still. I would never be happy lazying about, I would go absolutely crazy. I could certainly enjoy the big screen TV and pithy comments job, but eventually I would have to find something to do that engaged my mind and my hands.
    I tell my wife I know that when I "win" the lottery I could keep busy enough fishing but know that at some point that I would have to be doing something else too, I will never admit that to her though.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Feb. 19, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Otherwise busy and productive people run into this all the time. If you don't schedule down-time, your mind will guilt/force it through spin-down which you see as laziness. You need to play more, and the tendency to avoid through express "laziness" will decrease. Just give yourself a firm limit of how long it can last and you'll be fine. Count on it.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    When I am the least focused on my tasks, it is mostly due to avoidance tendency that I have in myself. I also think I have undiagnosed adhd, because if I don't actively manage my focus, I don't do it well. That rigor just isn't my nature.

    I could trace it back to a workaholic father who was absent most of my childhood, thus causing my mother no end of reasons to complain about him... leading to a poor self-image in myself. Or maybe I just used that as an excuse, but whatever the case, it doesn't do me much good other than to know that it's a tendency that I have to actively combat. Some folks fight against drug addiction, I fight against distraction addiction.

    I als find difficulty focusing on tasks that I believe are pointless, or won't really ever have any lasting consequence on a project. The idea of busywork for the sake of busywork really leaves me cold. If the end sum of my labors is nil (Perceived by me, reinforced by management), then I can spend that time much better doing my thing, rather than their thing.