Busyness is laziness

I heard a great quote on the Tim Ferriss Show a few months ago:

Busyness is laziness: Lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.

I didn’t quite get it at first. But I was intrigued. So I wrote it down on postit and stuck it on my PC monitor in work. Every now and then I’d read it and reflect.

I used to complain about being “too busy”. Over the last couple of months, I’ve realised that even though I felt “busy”, I was unfulfilled and was not spending my time doing the right things.

The problem is that being busy feels powerful.

I’d be running frantically from task to task. Clearing my inbox but the mails kept coming. Ticking items off my to-do list but the list got longer. I didn’t take lunch. My phone kept ringing. I felt important.

We all complain about being busy. But we’re addicted. When we have nothing to do, we scramble to fill up our time without really thinking. Lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.

Very few people realise we could just stop.

Stop and sit on a park bench. Pause. Look around. See kids playing on the grass. Hear the wind rustling the trees. Just enjoy being here now.

Busyness is not the same as hard work. Busyness is laziness. Hard word is mindfully deciding how we are going to direct our energy.





3 thoughts on “Busyness is laziness

  1. Nice post! It definitely seems like sitting on a park bench and just enjoying the moment would be a better use of our time than allowing pointless busywork to dictate our lives.

    A great book that talks about this is “First Things First” by Stephen Covey. It basically says that most people who complain about being too busy spend their time on things that seem “urgent” but aren’t really important at all.

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