Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest..

 

LAZY PEOPLE HAVE NO TIME

If my buddy Kuljeet invites to meet the procrastination queen then I should invite to meet the procrastination king.

Are you ready to meet the king? 😛

Yeah! Sadly I procrastinate a lot and perspire at the end of the course of an assignment or deadline. Anyway, I don’t want to expose much about myself today so feel sad that you might not be knowing more about the Procrastination King. I want to go little more deeper into the subject of “Being Lazy”.

Throughout the week my busy writers (except Kuljeet) spoke about “being busy” and how it has become a habit of saying “I am busy.” But I want to draw your attention to that category of people who have no time at all. They say they are very busy but the story is kind of the opposite as the saying goes, “Lazy people have no time”.

I would like you to consider THREE major areas concerning lazy people or laziness which have been briefed in the book of Proverbs and I have the privilege of quoting them as under on after the other:

1. Mindset of a Lazy Person

 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?

A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—

The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!”

As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.

A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

Conclusion: So we can clearly see that the lazy people sleep a lot, avoid work, give numerous silly excuses, they are kind of passive, depressive and habituated with the slothful lifestyle they are leading. They don’t like to change.   

2. Consequence of laziness:

Poverty & Starvation

Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.

A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Sluggards do not plow in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the shiftless go hungry.

Under Subjection

Diligent hands will rule,
but laziness ends in forced labor.

Death & Destruction

The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
because his hands refuse to work.

Conclusion: Can you believe how devastating consequence a lazy faces? There will be starvation, scarcity, poverty, stagnancy, no development, no growth, humiliation, low self-esteem because of low status and at the end fatal end.

3. Words of Wisdom for a lazy:

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!

Conclusion: How important it is to literally follow the instructions of a wise person!!! An instruction to consider the ways of an ant. A lazy loses his/her status of being crown of the creation and needs to learn lessons from a mere ant. A lesson of work ethics, work culture, being hard working and leave procrastination and the habit of being lazy.

 Wonderful! Isn’t it?

Today, I came across a blog of a beautiful professional, Chelsea Suzanne who in her article: “REFUSE COMFORT AND STICK TO THE PLAN” prescribes some wisdom which need to be considered as well for our daily lives. I love one sentence of her article which I want to quote here to end my blabbering:

 I believe comfort hinders many from achieving great things in their professional careers.

Great things never come from comfort zones.

TOO BUSY??? IT’S TIME FOR REALITY CHECK

Quite busy.”

Huh, very busy dear, just don’t know how time is flying.”

How recently have you heard similar answers when you’ve asked someone, “How are you doing ?” Some people are busy, extremely busy all the time. 

Personally I don’t prefer using the word ‘busy’; it is a negative word. To be honest, time is never a constraint, we are. I may defer replying a message by sometime or may not have answered a call but will definitely make time to get back to them. I will never say, “I was busy”. It may be rude to the person who wanted my time. 

Being busy has become a status symbol. In reality what ‘being busy’ means is saying, “I am important to me“, “I don’t have time to spare for you”, “You are not my priority”. It won’t give a pleasant experience for the receiver. A person can be occupied for a day or month, for many months – but if we are telling others that we are busy, we are bragging. I really feel sorry when I hear someone saying ‘too busy’. In the right sense they are mismanaging time.

On the other hand, for some reason a lot of people think, if we say that we have time, it may be perceived as we are not doing anything productive. This is true to some extent. I have had people ask me, “Others are very busy, can you handle this?” Just because I am making myself available does not essentially mean I don’t have anything else to do. If I feel the need I will take time out of my schedule to be there for you. When people take this for granted, compare my life with others and say that all others are busy, it feels like a slap on the face. Isn’t this mean? We have to change our attitude towards “busy”; it is not a good state to be in.

If I take my own case, I am neither busy nor lazy, but there are certain tasks which I always try to keep towards the end, simply because I am not interested. When I don’t pay required attention to those tasks on time, pressure builds up and eventually I will do it. This may not be precisely procrastination because not all the tasks fall into this bucket, only specific ones. 

Job, family, kids, friends, hobbies, passions – definitely all of these are very important, also demand considerable amount of our time.  We all have the same 24 hours and similar responsibilities. Over time if we are unable to manage, we are not planning our day in a way that we can efficiently meet expectations. In short, we are lazy to plan or execute. Our efficiency gets hampered, we multitask, miss our deadlines, we are setting up ourselves to fail. This phase needs an introspection.

A popular notion is “Busy is the new lazy”, at first this might sound harsh, but once we understand what it really means, it makes sense. Successful people are never busy. When I read autobiographies, I often am awed of how they managed time, that seems to have brought them success more than any other factor.

It is easy to find out if we are being lazy, we don’t need to be an expert. If we are being lazy in the name of being ‘too busy’, how do we improve ourselves to do justice for  life’s responsibilities ?

  • Keep a watch on your routine, make a note of tasks that are least important, like playing video games, getting involved in not so important discussions.
  • Make a schedule of everyday tasks, try to stick to it as much as possible.
  • Prioritize the most important things to be handled early during the day. This would help us not to have stress.
  • Find out smart ways of getting things done. For example, Groceries – order them online if required.
  • Focus on one thing at a time and see it through completion.
  • Keep your distractions to the lowest for increased productivity.

Life is too short to be busy. When we are not ‘busy’, we have more time to spend with family and friends, exchange ideas, time to play, take good care of us and others. 

People who are good at managing time always have time, others are always busy !!