The people who are able to work efficiently and productively are those who are not lazy. While that might seem obvious to some, there are many people out there that define lazy differently. The bottom line is that no one is going to get out there and do something for you. You must go and make your own luck and get things done. If you want something to be done, then get up off your butt and go do it.
- British naval historian Cyril Parkinson coined “Parkinson’s Law” to describe the observation that many tasks tend to drag on long enough to use all the time allotted.
- Turn Parkinson’s Law to your own advantage by setting deadlines that force you to complete tasks earlier, and reinforcing them by remembering what you stand to lose by not meeting them.
- Don’t try to trick yourself into working faster with totally unrealistic deadlines, though, because if your deadline is truly unreasonable you’ll just extend it.
“We procrastinate for a wide variety of reasons, such as fear or simple laziness. However, there’s also an evolutionary motivation behind laziness. Our ancestors lived in a world where food sources were nowhere near as plentiful as today. As such, they conserved energy for important tasks such as hunting, foraging, exploration, building, and so on.”