5 Reasons to be Lazier at Work
February: ItΓÇÖs cold, itΓÇÖs wet and itΓÇÖs still dark when we leave the office of an evening. ItΓÇÖs only natural weΓÇÖre all feeling a little sluggish. But maybe thatΓÇÖs not such a bad thing.
Here are five reasons you should be lazier in the office this month. Start by grabbing a coffee and reading this postΓÇª
1. Because intense concentration can be bad for you
Prolonged periods of intense concentration are bad for you. To perform at your peak, you need to be fully focused on the task at hand. But here’s the catch: just like you couldnΓÇÖt sprint on a treadmill all day, you canΓÇÖt keep up┬áa high┬álevel of focus throughout the course of a work day either.
Your brain needs a rest. Otherwise you end up with tension headaches, eye strain and feelings of fatigue. YouΓÇÖre also more likely to make mistakes or forget thingsΓÇª
So be a little lazier and feel a little fresher in the afternoon. If your boss asks: tell them youΓÇÖre recharging your ΓÇ£cognitive efficiencyΓÇ¥.
2. Because a relaxed mind is a creative mind
Ever struggled with a particularly tricky problem, only to come up with the solution when youΓÇÖve stopped thinking about it? ThatΓÇÖs because weΓÇÖre at our most creative when we’re relaxed.
Whether taking time out for a long stroll (William Wordsworth) or only working until lunch (Ernest Hemingway), the worldΓÇÖs greatest artists, writers and musicians have been extolling the virtues of a little laziness for centuries. Maybe itΓÇÖs time the world of business caught up?
3. Because a snooze is better than an espresso
Did you know that taking a power nap is more beneficial for recharging your batteries than drinking caffeine? Or at least science says so, and weΓÇÖre not going to argue with that. ┬á(Although apparently taking a ΓÇ£caffeine napΓÇ¥ is better than both.)
Top tip: try talking your boss into installing a nap pod in the office. Failing that, furnish yourself with an ostrich pillow, and snooze.
4. Because busy doesnΓÇÖt always mean productive
Ever been so busy doing that you havenΓÇÖt had time to stop and think about whether youΓÇÖre working in the most effective way? Maybe you didnΓÇÖt have time to consider the quality of the results you were producing or even whether the task was actually contributing to your goals.
The new way of thinking says we should be trying to work smarter rather than harder. You can actually spend less time doing and produce more ΓÇô and better ΓÇô results. So stop trying to be busy all the time. Use some lazy time to collect your thoughts and refocus your mind.
5. Because being less stressed can make you a better colleague
Ever noticed how everyone edges away when your permanently flustered, always stressed colleague comes along? When youΓÇÖre in stressed mode, they probably do the same thing with you. Being a little more laidback can help you to seem happier and more approachable from your colleaguesΓÇÖ point of view. Better working relationships can only be a good thing.
Is it time you tried being a little lazier?