Be Lazy AND Productive: 4 Stress-Free Tips

Be Lazy AND Productive
Be Lazy AND Productive

 No one survives. As the Anne Lammott says: “100 years from now? All new people”. Whatever we’re obsessing about today is trivial when you take the long view. And stress is not only pointless, it may shave a few years off the time you have.

So – relax.

You can be both productive, and lazy. If you’ve got a cat, you’ve got the ultimate role model for laziness and productivity. Think of big cats – lions. They lie around, until they need to move. Then they move.

Back in January, I wrote this blog post:

Here’s something which helped me to bolster my determination to keep my resolutions. I spent half an hour looking through my 2012 notes in my Evernote account.

I love Evernote for many reasons, but that’s a big one. The longer you use it, the more you get out of it. I’ve been a Premium user since 2009, so I can watch my obsessions change over time. As the years go by, you can see how trivial some of your obsessions are in retrospect. Your current biggest worry won’t matter after you’re dead – it won’t even matter next year.

Try these tips to be both lazy and productive.

1. Sleep on it (seriously)

Got a problem? Write it down. Then forget it for now. The “write it down” part is the magic. When you write something down, it lodges in your brain, and triggers your subconscious mind. Allow your subconscious to come up with the answer for you. It will.

From Healthline:

The funny thing about your brain, as researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) recently discovered, is that it’ll keep solving a problem for you while you do something else. In fact, giving your subconscious time to work makes for better decisions.

Your subconscious has huge processing power. Let go of the problem so it can work on it.

2. Be the hare AND the tortoise

Everything moves in cycles. So does your body and brain. Try quick sprints of activity, during which you focus, interspersed with periods in which you relax.

The Pomodoro Technique helps you to work in sprints. You don’t have to work in 25 minute blocks of time. Use ten-minute sprints for some tasks, 45-minute sprints for others. The total cycle of focus/ relaxation is key.

3. Life is short. Your To Do List is never-ending

You’ll NEVER get everything done. Fact. Accept it. If you’re worn out at the end of the day, and commit to pulling an all-nighter to meet a deadline, consider that that strong burst of productivity can lower your over-all productivity for at least a week.

Since you’ll never get everything done, trim your task list to a Post-it.

4. Your life on a Post-it note

Post-it note in Evernote
Post-it note in Evernote

Grab a stack of Post-its. Use one for each day and write a maximum of three items on your daily note. Perhaps you’ll have just a single item – but no more than three. After you cross off your three items you can be as lazy as you like.

My favorite app, Evernote, has just made it easy for you to snap your Post-its into your Evernote notes. (I snapped the above image of a Post-it into Evernote.)

You CAN be productive, and lazy. Try it.

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Easy Time Management Solutions Eliminate Writers’ Procrastination For Good (Press Release)

Eliminating procrastination is essential for good time management. Top copywriter and writing teacher Angela Booth attributes her own productivity to a range of time management skills, which she has started teaching to her students.

She believes that with a few simple skills, anyone can learn to make the most of their time. She believes writers especially benefit from learning productivity skills to eliminate procrastination, and says: “Many of my students have tripled their writing production in less than a month, and they’re always amazed when they realize that not only are they writing more, but their writing’s quality has improved too.”

Angela offers two time management tools for writers and others. An ebook, the “Top 70 Writing Tips To Help You To Write More”, which she compiled from writing tips she’s discovered over 20 years, and a five-week class, conducted via email: “Write More And Make More Money From Your Writing: Develop A Fast, Fun Productive Writing Process”.

Although aimed primarily at professional writers, Angela says that anyone who needs to write can benefit from these two time management tools.

Business people and students benefit, because the tools improve not only their time management and productivity skills, but also their memory and creativity. She says: “Students find that the class helps them to improve their memory skills, which means their grades go up.” Business people who take the class find that their email inboxes are cleared quickly each day, and that they now enjoy those tasks which they’ve avoided before: such as writing reports and creating presentations.

Angela Booth is a top copywriter and writing teacher, and the author of a popular time management book published by Prentice Hall.

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