I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job. Because he will find an easy way to do it.
– Bill Gates
When we were kids, our parents always told us, “You need to work hard for your dreams, don’t be lazy.” But when I grow up, I sometimes contemplate whether laziness is actually a bad thing. If you look at the reality, a number of inventions are driven by the laziness of people. Take driving a car as an example. How many people nowadays are still driving a manual transmission? Some new models are equipped with blind spot sensors and automatic braking system; some can even perform the parking for you. Have a look at the new gadgets: tablets, smart phones, smart watches, those robot vacuum cleaners; they are all innovated to make our life more convenient.
For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
– Pareto Principle (80-20 Rule)
We always hear: “Work smarter, not harder”. The amount of time that you spent on work does not reflect your productivity. When we apply the 80-20 Rule to life, this means 20% of our efforts will produce 80% of the results. So we actually need to do less. Slow down, recognize what is important and what needs to be done. Do less things that create more value, rather than do more things that are mostly empty. Focus on that 20% is the key to making the most effective use of our time. Our lives are full of excess. Eliminate the non-essential and we will be more focus on what is significant and what deserves our time.
The three attributes of a programmer are: impatience, laziness and hubris.
– Larry Wall
Sometimes I’m impatient at work, I would rather spend time in dealing with real problems than having meetings all day. I would prefer to work on product development than to create a 200-page document that no one will look at. I’ll try to automate any repetitive task, like setting up auto bill payments from credit card or bank account. Being lazy does not mean just sitting around and doing nothing. To me, it means finding a way to reduce your work in a creative way. Work can be play and enjoyment should always be the goal. We get so caught up in busyness and we’re often too focused on getting things done. We forget to enjoy what we’re doing. Ask yourself: What can I do to spend more time enjoying what I’m doing? Arrange your commitments in a way that you’re happy living your daily life, even while you’re working. Be curious. Be open to opportunity. Know yourself. Embrace your passions. And wonderful things will happen.