‘In Praise of Laziness’

The Economist:

Creative people’s most important resource is their time—particularly big chunks of uninterrupted time—and their biggest enemies are those who try to nibble away at it with e-mails or meetings. Indeed, creative people may be at their most productive when, to the manager’s untutored eye, they appear to be doing nothing.

This is a great article, but certainly nothing new for anyone at this point. Email and meetings waste far too much time — everyone’s time. I think the title of the article is inaccurate — it’s not so much laziness, but focus that is needed. Those two can be mistaken for each other, but they certainly are not the same.

Staring off into a window thinking is focus, but can be seen as laziness. But if staring is serving a purpose, then it really isn’t laziness. Doing less is not laziness either, so long as by doing less you do better work. But doing less becomes laziness if you are simply doing less for the sake of doing less work.

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by Ben Brooks
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The Economist: Creative people’s most important resource is their time—particularly big chunks of uninterrupted time—and their biggest enemies are those who try to nibble away at it with e-mails or meetings. Indeed, creative people may be at their most productive when, to the manager’s untutored eye, they appear to be doing nothing. This is a […]