Be Productive and Lazy?! Sign Me Up

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This really is the most wonderful time of the year, but why? Is it because of the holiday spirit? What about the gifts? Or the music?

These are all wonderful candidates for what makes this time of the year the best, but what about an often overlooked perk? What about just being able to be lazy?

I don’t know about y’all, but the last couple weeks of the year have always been about winding down and not doing anything. I don’t mean doing very little, I mean doing nothing. Granted, this sentiment really took hold when I was in high school and college, you know, when there are zero responsibilities to speak of, but the sentiment remains.

Now, I must confess that as a blog that offers productivity tips for our readers, telling everyone to do nothing would seem to be counter-productive to our very existence, but bear with me here.

Seeing as how we always want you to make the most out of your opportunities, we figured we’d give you some tips on how to be productive whilst also being lazy. Sounds good? Good.

WATCH WHAT YOU WATCH

The easiest thing to do on a lazy day is watch that magic box with the pretty colors. There’s more than enough content out there to fill your time, but most of it, while entertaining, isn’t going to help you be productive. Instead of sitting down and bingeing one of the seemingly infinite critically acclaimed shows, why not pop on a TED talk and learn a little something.

Don’t know where to begin? Here are a few of their most popular talks:

Do Schools Kill Productivity? – Ken Robinson

The Power Of Vulnerability – Brene Brown

The Transformative Power of Classical Music

COOK SLOWLY

The biggest downfall of being lazy is that it makes cooking your own food very difficult. You have to get the ingredients, prepare them, combine them, and then cook them. All of this can take untold hours – probably in the hundreds - and aint nobody got time for that!

Lucky for you, the kitchen appliance gods have shined down from on high and given us the majesty of the slow cooker! Gather all your ingredients, plop them into this baby, turn it on low, sit back on that couch and in six-to-eight hours you’ll have yourself something delicious (and warm) to fill your belly with.

Don’t know what to make? The beauty of the slow cooker is that it’s very forgiving. All you really need are some veggies, broth, maybe some coconut milk, a protein, and some beans or grains and you’ve got yourself a stew that will warm the coldest of days.

TAKE A NAP

This might sound counterintuitive but many of us don’t get enough sleep. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some much needed Z’s and get your mind, and body, right for the new year.

A good course of action would be to set up your slow cooker and take a nap for an hour or so. Not only will you be killing two birds with one delicious, well-rested stone, but you’ll wake up and your food will be almost done! It’s like time travel, but much more relaxing!

CATCH UP WITH THE PEOPLE

I know I struggle with this, so I can only imagine some of you do, too. How often do you miss a call, or email, from someone only to realize you can’t call them back right away? Maybe you’re at work, or about to go out, or maybe you just forgot? It’s a bummer but this is your chance to catch up on those correspondents and get your relationship on.

Wake up from your nap, smell that slow cooker food, and pick up your phone. You have all the time in the world to kill, so you might as well kill it with a lengthy conversation with someone you love.

‘Tis the season to be jolly lazy. Pick yourself up, walk to the couch, plop yourself down, and don’t move. Let productivity come to you this season.

Until next time – can you pass me that blanket?

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Arye

When Arye isn't helping optimize your time, he is doing his part to ensure life is full of shenanigans.