Thursday, April 14, 2011 Post By: Grayne Wetzky

Long Live Laziness!

Productivity, focus and taking action are all cornerstones of creating a conscious life. By working hard at staying on track when starting a task, cutting down on procrastination and only focusing on one task at a time we can become hyper productive. Being productive is a self enforcing habit as most people enjoy the feeling of having accomplished a lot with their time.

Most people will also readily agree that being hyper productive is a lot easier said than done. We tend to be distracted and have a hard time getting started on tasks even when the rewards are substantial. Many people also continuously beat themselves up over everything they should be doing, and then get down on themselves for still not getting started.

If you feel like being lazy, don't beat yourself up. It's ok to take it easy and do nothing. In fact, it's not just ok, it is essential in boosting productivity.

I am not promoting perpetual procrastination. If you find yourself spending several hours a day on Facebook, watching TV, stumbling or similar activities you should try to break these habits. Don't let yourself consume information and entertainment without first questioning yourself why you want to. Make it a conscious decision to spend your time this way if you want to do it. The same goes for any number of 'non-productive' activities from video games to simply relaxing in a hammock.

If you decide that you want a break, take one and never, ever feel bad about it. If you truly want a break you have every authority to grant yourself one. So accept that a break would be good, and enjoy it fully. Rejecting all forms of blame makes it a lot easier to enjoy whatever you are doing. On the other hand, constantly reminding yourself that you should be doing something else will take a way from the enjoyment and decrease the effect of the break until many end up in a constant loop of procrastination and self-blame.

It is a mistake to never act, but it is equally counterproductive to never rest. Anyone who does serious physical training will tell you that rest periods are as important as work out sessions for peak performance. The same is true for our minds. Sessions of highly focused work needs to be broken up by periods of mental rest.

How often we need to take breaks is individual, it varies based on how intense the work you have done has been, your general motivation level for the work your doing etc. The way you feel on a particular day will even have an impact. That said, I usually take a mental break after 30 - 45 minutes of highly focused work. Of course, if you can manage to stay highly focused and concentrated for 45 minutes you will often have accomplished more in that time than most people do in a full work day. The hightened productivity when you're 'in the zone' makes up for the timeouts you need to grant yourself.

Bottom line is this: If you feel like you need a break, you probably do. And when you do, make sure it counts and don't undermine your restoration time by beating your self up. Taking frequent, effective breaks will greatly increase your ability to stay hyper productive.

  1. Yay - permission to be lazy! ;-) I'm glad I found your blog. I'm stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.

  1. Thank you Sylvia!

    I am glad you have enjoyed my writings, there is more to come when I am done celebrating being lazy :)

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