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 ⇩⇩⇩

Lucid dreaming – Best tips

Here are some steps you can take to start enjoying lucid dreams. I practiced all the tips I list in this article and I’m sure they’ll help you.

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You have probably heard about lucid dreaming before. Here is a brief definition:
A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware of dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment.

Some habits will help you have dreams and lucid dreams more often:

  1. Think, read or hear about lucid dreaming during the day or, even better, before sleeping. Focusing more attention on it increases its probability to happen.
  2. Before sleeping, you can plan what you want to dream about and it might work. While dwelling on concerns and sorrows can lead to unpleasant dreams, you can use pre-sleep time wisely instead. If you have to make a major life decision, for instance about your work or your relationship, you can use dreams to reach your subconscious self by asking yourself a specific question before sleeping and you can find the best answer when you dream or wake up.
  3. Avoid alcohol consumption. Alcohol drinking suppresses REM sleep. REM sleep is the portion of sleep when there are rapid eye movements (REMs). Dreams occur during REM sleep. Also avoid drugs in general, as they may make you dream, but not at an actively conscious level.
  4. If you tend to have bad dreams, avoid chocolate. Scientists found that cacao is linked to nightmares. Theobromine present in cacao is a neurotoxin sadly.
  5. Wake up the right way. In my experience, whether you remember dreams or not seems to depend on the way you wake up. Waking up too fast will most likely erase your dream memories. Lying down in bed still is a better way to recall your dreams, this action will help you keep the dream content in your mind.
  6. Lack of sleep is bad for dreaming. Going to bed early helps you have dreams. You’ll also remember dreams better if you don’t enable any alarm clock. If you cannot be late for work in the morning, you’d be surprised that a properly rested body may wake you up before the terrible alarm clock sounds. I usually go to bed at 8 pm.
  7. Get some extra sleep. You can even stay in bed still with closed eyes and fall asleep again. This is when you are going to dream the most and be able to influence the dream more easily.
  8. When you’re dreaming, every time your notice that your dream is weird or unrealistic, like in the movie Inception, don’t stay passive in your dream. This is the right time to become aware you’re in a dream. You can even do a reality test. This exercise takes some practice. Once you’re conscious in your dream, you can choose to lead the action.

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What is a reality test? You can do it anytime, during the day or a dream. Here are some ideas. Look at your own hand. Does it look like yours? Or try to read a newspaper or a poster for example. The letters might stay blur in a dream. If the headline is a clear text, look away and then look at the paper again. Have the words changed? In reality, newspapers or posters don’t change like in Harry Potter movies. If the test has failed, then you’re not awake. Good news, you know you’re in a dream, nothing really matters because it’s not really happening and you can twist the dream unwinding the way you want.

Once you manage to become conscious that you are in a dream and lead the dream quite often, you would want to take this opportunity to choose to fly, dive deep in a lake, have incredible sex, practice music, create any situation or more. Be creative. How awesome can you feel after such great dream? You can even take some dream inspiration back to the real world. Many times I discovered unknown melodies or languages in dreams that were really puzzling when I woke up. Have paper and a pen on your night table so you can draw or write on a paper what you experienced in the dream kingdom.

Lucid dreaming can improve your quality of life. Having great dreams will improve your morning mood. If you tend to have bad dreams, lucid dreaming practice can help you change the dark dreams into something enjoyable. Dreams can also point out things that are wrong in your life and you can choose to divert your life in a better way. Good things happen with more consciousness.

Feel free to share your dreaming experience in the comment section.

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