Most people do not believe me when I say I am a very lazy person. And if you were to look at my every day life, you would not even imagine it. But the concept I’m about to explain to you has helped me become a very productive person while also enjoying my downtime more than most people.
Today I’m going to teach you how to be lazy later.
How most people are lazy.
When you think about a lazy person, what do you imagine most times? You figure out someone who gets nothing done, is always late and is unreliable for most things. Someone who makes a lot of excuses and most likely procrastinate a lot.
And if you think about that definition, you really wouldn’t be describing me nor anyone who enjoys being lazy later.
This is because most people who are lazy, choose to be lazy right now. They choose to take a break right now and push their responsibilities to a later point in life. Which is all fine and dandy, I mean, who doesn’t love taking the chance to chill and enjoy a day of leisure? Until the consequences start to pile up.
Now, please do not misunderstand me, I am not making this article to chastise laziness. I am not some guru here trying to sell you that hustle mentality and waiting until you have become a millionaire are the best ways of being lazy. I’m actually selling you what it says on the box: The chance to enjoy yourself and have a good life full of leisure, but to do so in a way that nets you the best possible results.
I’m proposing that you tackle laziness from an entirely new angle: Just have it later.
Let’s see how that’s done.
Being lazy later.
The whole concept of being lazy later is based on the following assumption:
Being lazy is not a problem, it’s how and when you’re lazy that is.
You’ve all heard the stories about how some of the greatest people in life are just lazy in different ways. And it’s actually pretty true. For example: Why would I go over a manual labor 27000 times over a month? Specially when I can develop something in a week that does it for me. That’s a good example of being lazy later.
Sure, the first one looks busier and makes initial progress faster. It looks good to the higher-ups. But the second one is more effective, even though it doesn’t look that way at first.
Now, I’ll be honest with you, I hate it when an author never gives a definition for the thing I’m interested in reading about. So I won’t be that guy, here’s what being lazy later means:
Being lazy later means taking all of the effort, tasks and difficulties you need to achieve in a given day, week or month; and figuring out the best way to get it done first. So that you can then act on it.
It means to make a conscious effort to allow your future self to relax and have a good time shooting margaritas at the beach. Even if that effort means you’re stuck grinding on the sun right now.
It means figuring out systems that allow you to, over time, do less and less and still achieve superior results.
And I can read myself and realize that this is all super vague, so let me give you an example.
A day in the life of a Lazy Later Person.
I wake up at 6:30 am having gone to bed at 11 the previous day. My clothes are ready, my EDC is on its tray, my plan for the day is made and I don’t need to think about anything. I just need to take my dog out for a walk.
After the walk I know my car has gas and is in a good state, because I routinely fill up gas and have checkups. This means I just have to worry about getting to the gym.
Gym and shower being done, I know all my work for the day is planned out, so I just need to update the necessary people and go about my day. If emergencies show up, I’m already prepared for them. And If I can’t solve something, I know someone who can.
Because I got everything done in the first few hours of the day, I can shut off my computer when there’s still light out and go enjoy the day. And I have no worries leaving the business “unattended”, because my phone is set up to let me know the important things about my business and life, but let everything else hang back until I want to pay attention it.
The day is mine until the very end, when I once more put things in their place and prepare for the next day. I do this by making a plan, putting my next set of clothes out and setting my EDC on its tray.
I chose to be lazy later by developing systems that give me the most freedom and peace of mind. It took some months and a lot of planning, but now I get to enjoy that until I decide to tackle something new.
How to be Lazy Later.
Now I’m not about to leave you without some tips, so let’s get to them:
- Make a plan every night before bed. This will streamline your day.
- Take care of all tedious housework in a single day. On one day clean, do laundry, buy food and batch cook.
- Do most of your work at whatever hours you feel most productive at. Just choose a chunk of time to work at, and do so as productively as possible.
- Same goes for taking care of the daily things you need to do. Gym, walking your dog, etc. Do them when you feel better doing so, but do them in bulk.
- Try to automate or delegate as many unnecessary things as you can afford. Pay for house cleaning and laundry, for example.
- Plan how to tackle a task before doing it. And then figure out a way to automate what you just did.
- Don’t try to have all the answers, but know many people who can solve these problems for you.
- Finally, just choose when you’re going to be lazy. Separate a chunk of the day and say “from here to here, it’s all me”. And don’t let anyone stop you.
What all of this is doing is helping you choose the right time to be lazy. This is helping you front-load all of the difficult and make the best out of your downtime. There are of course further ways of being more productive and managing your time better. But this will give you a good head start on how to be a better lazy later person.
You may find that this whole article would be better called “Delayed Gratification” instead of the term I’ve decided to coin it as: Lazy Later. It’s true, and the first term is the one with which you’ll find a lot of tips and tricks by many people wiser than myself.
I just thought I’d show you the way into this doctrine in a slightly different way, and with a bit of fun.
What are your productivity and time management tips? What is something that is considered lazy but is actually pretty effective? Post it all on the comments below.
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