Productivity,  Simplicity

Lazy Yet Productive

My days off were split up this week so instead of resting the first day and working on my house the next I was forced to get creative.

My challenge was made even worse when I woke up on my day off feeling lethargic with a scratchy throat. I’ve pushed myself far too hard these past few weeks and my body was paying the price. I still had stuff to do, however, so I decided to power on.

My first order of business was to eliminate distractions. I turned off the Internet and disconnected my gadgets. I did not want or need the temptation to go online to distract me.

My next order of business was to create my task list. I noticed with a tired sigh that it was a long one. I’ve let things slide around here lately.

I picked one small item on my list and did it. I still had a bit of energy left so I knocked out a few more of the simpler tasks. Satisfied that I had made some progress, I read for a while and then took a short nap.

I repeated the process all day. Complete a couple of tasks, read, rest, repeat. I made the deliberate decision to postpone several energy-intensive tasks but I accomplished quite a bit nonetheless. Even better, my slow, deliberate pace allowed my body to recover a bit while teaching me an important lesson:

It is possible to be both lazy and productive if you use your time wisely.

While I didn’t tackle the physically intensive tasks on my list I was satisfied with my progress just the same. I could have powered through and worked through the entire list but I would have suffered for it the next day. I see no logic in being deliberately stupid. I have to pace myself.

Have you ever had to force yourself to slow down? Please share your stories in the comments below.


  • Cam Coogan

    It does take some self-discipline to do what you did on your day off. I find myself having too long of a to-do list for the day. Very frustrating. I like the idea you have of tackling a few and then taking a break. I am toast by mid-afternoon and fried by early evening. And, when I take a break, it is hard to get started again.

    • Annie

      It IS hard to get started again once you stop, especially if you are drained before you started in the first place! I’ve learned that for me personally, if I refuse to look at the list as a whole but instead focus on the individual tasks that I do much better overall. I’m far from perfect, however–some days I don’t want to get out of bed after a busy week at work!