Bring Some Productivity to Your Laziness

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The purpose of this blog is to give you the tools you need to be more productive, optimize your time, and enjoy any extra time you may have stumbled across. The focus is mostly on ways to beat laziness while embracing productivity, but today, something a little different is going to call this place home (notice how I said a “little”). Don’t worry, serve will hold and you will be given productivity tips, but they’ll be framed with a twist: laziness.

This goes way beyond just spurning all responsibilities, sitting in your PJs all day, and bingeing on Netflix – I mean, do what you want, I’m not your mom. - this touches on a side of laziness I don’t think many of us have ever approached before: productivity.

In light of this past Wednesday being National Lazy Day, I figured I would put the old Unroll.Me spin on things and give you some tips to be productively lazy (a term I coined specifically for this blog post. You’re welcome).

I know, it sounds like an oxymoron (because it is), but give it a chance, will you?

WHEN LYING IN BED

The hallmark of a lazy day is staying in bed as long as humanly possible. Hell, there are even times when we stay in bed and just stare at the ceiling for hours. No one knows why this is enjoyable but I can tell you from experience that it is.

Anywho, instead of studying the intricate detail of your ceiling’s paint pattern, why not bring some productivity to your mornings in bed?

EMAIL CLUTTER

I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m willing to bet that your email inbox is a little hectic, right? That’s what I thought. Well, what better time to get that bad boy organized than when sitting in bed on a lazy morning?

There are a couple things you can do: clean it out the old-fashioned way (you know, manually), or you can employ a little service known as Unroll.Me (I hear they’re amazing) to keep your inbox clean in perpetuity.

RELATIONSHIP MAINTAINENCE

Just this week we spoke about the importance of maintaining your relationships (hint: it’s very important). Well, what better time to give a loved one a call than while lazing out in bed?

I’m sure there’s someone in your life that you wish you spoke to more. This is your chance. Plop a pillow up behind your head, scoot yourself up a bit, pick up that phone, and dial. Hell, do it for everyone you want to catch up with. I mean, why not? You’re not going anywhere.

PREPARE WITH LAZINESS

Preparing your meals in advance is a good way to not have to worry about food for the week, but usually it requires quite a bit of action. You have to go to the store to snag the groceries, you have to prepare it, and then you have to cook it. All in all, it’s not an activity to undertake on your day of laziness. However, there is an alternative: the slow cooker.

There is no more laze-friendly cooking utensil than the slow cooker. You collect all the things in your fridge that probably won’t be used on their own, toss ‘em in the slow cooker, add some spices, some broth, and maybe some meat, and voila! 4-8 hours later (depending on how well-done you like your food) you’ve got yourself meals for days. Simple as that.

LAUNDER WITH LAZE

I live in New York City, a place where having laundry machines in your building is a treat, and having them in your apartment is damn-near unheard of. If we want to do our own laundry, we have to walk to our local laundromat, get a sock-full of quarters, and pay our way through multiple loads of dirty clothes. Not only is this inconvenient and time consuming, it’s also the worst when it’s 94 degrees with humidity that rivals the rainforest (#thisweekinnewyork #sweating).

Worry not my fellow humans! If you’re not trying to labor over a hot laundry machine for hours on end, take advantage of the wash and fold services most laundromats offer. You gather all your dirty, disgusting clothes, put them in a bag, and for a small price (usually between 80 cents –and $1/lb.) they will wash your laundry and fold it for you. All you have to do is drop it off and pick it up. If that isn’t peak productive laziness, I don’t know what is.

Until next time – Check out that ceiling pattern.

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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.