I hear the members of our online organizing program sometimes talking in our message boards or on our member webinars about how they didn't get something done because they "are lazy."
Let's pause for a moment for a couple of points:
- Speaking negatively about yourself in a permanent way ("I AM lazy" vs. "I felt lazy today") is going to get you nowhere fast. I have written about this before if you'd like to read more. Please be careful about how you speak!
- There is LAZY, as in "I don't want to get off the sofa right now," and there is LAZY as in, "Surely there's got to be a better, faster way to do this." Let's turn laziness on its ear and make it a positive thing! Because it is.
Laziness invented the dishwasher and the washing machine, got Tom Sawyer's fence painted, created microwave cooking, and built the Panama Canal. Laziness breeds creativity, problem-solving, and motivation to create shortcuts!
I love this quote from the famous novelist, Agatha Christie:
"I don't think necessity is the mother of invention – invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble."
Exactly. Most of the shortcuts I have learned in my life, whether physically finding a shorter route somewhere I am going or finding an app online that calculates and tracks something for me, have arisen out of a strong desire not to waste time or do things "the hard way."
Laziness generates efficiency! Celebrate your laziness today by exploiting it for the greater good. Who knows? You could invent the next Clapper… or maybe you just figure out how to stretch those leftovers into a wholesome meal for your family without going to the grocery store again.
Thinking this way can make you realize that organizing something like your closet is an investment of time that will ultimately allow you to expend less time and energy. It's much easier to maintain something a little at a time than to have to waste time every day looking for things. I am too lazy to want to spend my mornings that way. Positively channeled laziness can give you back time for things that matter to you, like sitting on the sofa just a little longer.
What are your favorite shortcuts? How has laziness paid off for you? Share in the comments!
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