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The benefits of laziness: why being a lazy person can be good for you

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Ness Labs
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Most cultures see laziness as a negative trait. However, there are advantages backed by science.

Why are we lazy?

  • Nature has optimized biological processes for laziness.
    • More efficient predators appear lazier than unproductive predators.
  • Laziness is often the other side of productivity; it can be the result of smart work freeing up time.

Ten benefits of laziness

  1. Lazy solutions can be smart
  2. Slacking off can be a form of active procrastination
  3. Lazy people focus on high-leverage activities
  4. Unproductive time helps us manage our stress
  5. Being lazy makes you less prone to burnout
  6. Lazy time encourages diffuse thinking
  7. Laziness can be good for our mental health
  8. Being lazy is a way to recharge our energy stores
  9. Problems can solve themselves if you leave them alone for long enough
  10. Laziness can be a helpful symptom

An ode to tactical laziness

When implemented carefully, laziness can be used to be more productive & relaxed in the long run.

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