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To make laziness work for you, put some effort into it - Neel Burton | Aeon Ideas
We are being lazy if there's something that we ought to do but are reluctant to do because of the effort involved. We do it badly, or do something less strenuous or less boring, or just remain idle.

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Laziness

We are considered lazy if we ought to do something but are unwilling to do it.

Today, laziness is so closely connected with poverty and failure that a poor person is often presumed la...

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Why We're Lazy

Few people would choose to be lazy.

  • Many 'lazy' people haven't yet found what they want to do or are unable to do it.
  • Some people have become so specialized that they no longer g...

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Idleness and Laziness

Idleness, or to be doing nothing, is not the same as laziness. Idleness can amount to laziness, but can also be a clever way of accomplishing tasks.

Idleness can be used to observe life, ...

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The right balance

We dream of being idle but simultaneously feel that we want to do something.

Strategic idleness is an art and difficult to manage. We fear boredom that might come with idleness. Boredom p...

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  • Find the good moments to take breaks throughout your day, in order to later be more productive.
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Deliberate Rest means engaging with restful activities that are often vigorous and mentally engaging.

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Catch up on that one thing

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Instead, committing to crossing one of them off of your to-do list on a day off can improve your overall well-being.

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Don't follow your passion

The main flaw of  “finding your passion” presupposes that interests and passions are fixed, rather than fluid and evolving as we age and gain wisdom and experience. 

The problem with following your passion

  • It ignores the market. Unless you have a trust fund waiting for you, you’ll have to feed yourself and others. 
  • It will turn a passion into a job. 

Learn from Startups

  1. Identify real needs in the market that are currently not being well met. 
  2. Assess your strengths: Whatever is easy for you that most others have a harder time with, that’s a worthy option.
  3. Match up these two in a constantly iterative process: This process takes many years if not decades.

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