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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19 2013 9:50 a.m. MST

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Layton, UT

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.

Plano, TX

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.

Johnny Moser
Thayne, WY

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

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