Being lazy can be good for you + Smart lazy ideas

Being lazy at unimportant tasks is a good thing. I do not say that to please you. I believe that some adequate laziness can improve your quality of life like it improved mine. Why? Your laziness will free up more time for you, so you’ll be less stressed by unpleasant tasks and have more energy for things that matter. Some of the tips below may also help save you some money.

Intelligent people do not waste energy on ineffective and pointless activities. They free up plenty time for themselves so that they can enjoy life and think more.  If you perceive yourself as not clever, try taking the time to ponder, and if you do it I bet you’ll be able to make better strategic choices in your life.

Keep in mind that you can be a sloth and a productive person at respective appropriate times during the day. Having a lazy and productive life is awesome. You don’t need to wait for the retirement age to enjoy life daily.

Here are the ways I save energy in my daily life:

  • I gave up ironing. I only use clothes that do not require any ironing. I wear comfy sports clothing 99% of the time. There are even shirts made of special textile that have no wrinkles or folds after washing. Moreover, owning no ironing equipment saves space and money.
  • I don’t dry dishes. Why would I wipe them dry when they can be dried by ambient air?
  • I don’t peel potatoes. I usually cook them whole. At the cooking in water, the soil that was on the potato skins has deposited at the bottom of the pan.
  • I use furniture, flooring, clothes, accessories, etc. that don’t get dirty easily and that are easy to clean. This involves, for instance, avoiding white surfaces, because they will get grey or brown and look dirty. They are too much work for me.

  • As a minimalist, I avoid buying new objects. Why? Because the money I spend is actually time I wasted working to get that money in the first place. While most people work more to buy more, I work less to buy less. I have also got rid of many objects I had acquired in the past. Having fewer possessions makes the cleaning much easier. Why would I work hard for expensive useless objects that cause me stress, because they could get damaged, broken, stolen, etc.
  • I only keep the objects I use on a regular basis, preferentially efficient multi-purpose objects. I get rid of the items does not meet this criterion. I don’t want to have a cluttered living/working space, because I am too lazy to clean a messy place and I do not want to look for my lost stuff for hours. As a result, my room and my kitchen are almost empty, but it is zen and compatible with my laziness.

♛ Examples of great multi-purpose objects:

  1. comfortable sneakers for sports, working, commuting;
  2. a smartphone because it does the job of a laptop, camera, calculator, GPS device, torchlight, web browser, scanner, basic phone, planner, calendar, clock radio, Mp3 player, etc.;
  3. a multi-tool, to have several kinds of screwdrivers and wrenches, a can opener, scissors, a nail file, pliers, etc. in the same place;
  4. a rice cooker, because it enables me to boil water and so many foods, like rice, pasta, noodles, broccoli, potatoes and sweet potatoes;
  5. a backpack instead of multiple unpractical fashion handbags that cause spine imbalance.

☹ Examples of gadgets I consider as a waste of my money and living space:

  1. knick-knacks as they are dust catchers;
  2. expensive brittle pretty ornaments;
  3. rollerblades I have used once in 3 years;
  4. objects I dislike and kept so far to please people who offered them to me;
  5. duplicates. I don’t need 2 bicycles or 2 beds;
  6. CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and other outdated storage media.

  • I have been inspired by many minimalist youtubers and bloggers. By taking steps living more like them and being creative, I ended up being freer than I ever dreamt of. I have an online job, I do not lose my time on transports. As I am my own boss, I can accept or decline any job offer, depending on how much money I want to make or how much I want to rest on the moment. On average, I work 30% of the time a usual employee works in a year. It gives me plenty of time to chill, exercise and contribute.
  • I don’t prepare complex dishes in my daily routine, as they take too long. I cook simple and healthy dishes that take me only 2 minutes of work. I usually boil starches with vegetables and add an oil-free sauce. Or I simply eat sweet fruits. It’s so easy to clean dishes after a low-fat meal, it requires a simple rinsing only. When I want a gourmet meal on the week-end, I eat out at a local vegan restaurant.
  • I stopped doing favors to people who abuse my time and do not value me. I also avoid spending time with draining complainers or people who stress me out. My time is precious and is better spent with people who lift me up and appreciate my time. I tended to put myself last, and then I realized I had to be my own first priority. I believe that everybody needs to thrive first before being able to help others efficiently.
  • I learnt to use shortcuts on my computer to get work done quicker. Less clicks equals less cramps. Keyboard shortcuts have saved me lots of time. The internet can also be considered as a shortcut to get knowledge and tips faster than we would get them from people in the real world. There are plenty of tutorials out there on the internet. Chances are somebody has already had and solved the problems you’re having now and made a video or an article about it. Seize these opportunities!

By saving so much time in my daily life, I can chill so much. I can spend my free time resting on my bed, do an adventure ride on my bike, see my “lazy” boyfriend, take a stroll to buy the tastiest fruit in town, write spontaneous articles on my blog, make videos to contribute to a better world, cuddle pets, watch educational videos online and, most interestingly, stop being active for the sake of being always busy, in order to zoom out and assess what I’ve been through and where I’m headed.

These listed tips are not comprehensive, I mentioned my favorite tips only. If you want to share more tips, feel free to comment ⇩⇩⇩

12 tips to manipulate yourself to reach your goals

My tips will improve your life by changing your routine day by day

  1. Guide your thoughts using wallpapers on your screens and posters on your walls. Pick graphics that remind you of your goals and motivate you. You can even put a sign in front of places where you tend to lounge. A friend of mine has written “Don’t be lazy, get shit done!” on a paper in front of his bed, I find this idea brilliant.
  2. Make a task list every morning, or every night for the next day. Don’t write more than 3 important tasks. Lists are powerful tools.
  3. Do your grocery shopping when your belly is full. This way, it’s easier to be smart and buy what is good for your health. If you’re hungry, you’ll be more likely to buy high-calorie fatty junk-food.
  4. Before dating a potential new boyfriend/girlfriend, release the pressure once, or more times if needed. If you’re too horny, you may end up dating a bad match and then regret it after the honeymoon period ends. Releasing the pressure before a date helps having a clear mind and focusing on who the other person is.
  5. Listen to joyful/stimulating/motivating music. Avoid listening to sad music. I know there are beautiful depressing musics out there, but a routine listening of sad music will impair your life quality. Be aware that music forces a mood into your brain. You can use that to your own advantage.
  6. Be around people who give you a boost. In 5 years, chances are you’ll tend to be like the 5 persons you spend most time with. That’s why it’s a bad idea to be routinely around drug addicts, persons in debt, unhealthy people, serial complainers, depressed people, etc. You’d rather be around role models and develop their habits effortlessly.
  7. Sell your TV/radio and use the internet to choose what you watch and listen to, for instance self-growth content, practical advice, etc. There is an abondance of valuable podcasts, ebooks, conferences, tutorials, etc. online. You can even block ads on your internet browser to avoid mass programming. You don’t want to be programmed to fail like everyone else.
  8. Motivation does not last. Discipline does. And discipline leads to a productive routine. Changing is not easy, but after force yourself for a given period of transition, then good habits will become easy. I suggest you check Mel Robbins’ 5-second rule to get things done. Don’t hesitate, just do it before your brain switches to energy conservation mode and finds excuses. Count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, stand up and do it. Simple as that. Don’t rely on external motivation. You have to find strength within yourself.
  9. Do the gratitude exercise every day. It is empowering as it will help you get rid of the victim mindset. You can learn new lessons from life every day and keep growing. You can decide to lead your own life and evolve.
  10. If you go to bed late at night and stand up late in the morning, like most people, you can decide improve your sleeping patterns. Changing is hard initially, but it’s worth it. Start setting an alarm clock at 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. and stand up when the alarm rings. Don’t stay in bed. As a consequence, you’ll be tired at the end of the day. Remember to switch off or dimmer all your lights and screens 1-2 hours before bed time, because blue lights send daylight signals to your brain and prevent you from falling asleep. I suggest you go to bed at 8:00-9:00 p.m. With better sleep patterns, you can even quit stimulants thereafter.
  11. If you want to eat less unhealthy foods, try my advice. Stuff your stomach with high-carb whole plant foods like bananas, strawberries, peaches, potatoes, sweet potatoes, wild rice, kidney beans, vegetable soup, etc. If you’re truly full, you cannot add any greasy junk-food till the next meal time. Fruits are a great healthy snack. Nuts and seeds aren’t.
  12. Tell yourself: “If I do not change my habits, my life will always stay the same.” Procrastination is the main barrier preventing you from making your dreams come true.

Becoming a better version of yourself does not involve controlling everything. This is more about picking the right direction and enjoying the journey. You will find plenty of surprises, tests, lessons and challenges when you leave your comfort zone, but this is the place where the fun happens.

Tricking yourself is a good strategy for a positive change. If people try to manipulate you, use your judgment, ask for proof and never take things too personally.