Burnout and Productive Laziness.

A recent post at ROK got me thinking about how easy it is to push yourself beyond healthy limits. We all have our reasons for doing it. Right now the nesting instincts are starting to kick in and seem to be merging with my money-saving drives, so I’m quite happily working in the garden until I realise I’m starting to feel a bit sick, or getting unnecessarily stressed about boxes in the hallway, or trying to put my sewing before paid work. I’m pretty sure the weird bug I had last week was down to overwork. But there are countless other reasons: the urge to impress, the thought that work is somehow sacred, the desire for the rewards, etc. We all have the capacity to overwork ourselves.

On the other hand, we are naturally lazy animals. All living beings are naturally lazy, in that we will do the bare minimum to fulfil our basic biological needs. Even our metabolisms are designed to do the most with the fewest calories possible, to complete processes sooner, to stay in stasis as long as possible.

And, although slothfulness is definitely a bad thing, I can’t help but feel that this gentle laziness is actually pretty positive. Unlike true sloth, where you sacrifice productivity and activity for rest, laziness is simply the desire to get things out of the way so you can rest. In short: you can be productive and lazy. Which is really what humans have been doing since the beginning of time. We have agriculture, electricity, mechanization and AI, all because we wanted to get work done sooner so we could get home and put our feet up. Every innovation, every great solution, every burst of creativity is born from an urge to not be doing what you are currently doing.

So don’t fear laziness. Harness it. Work out the path of least resistance to solve your problems and take it. Be productive, but not a beast of burden. And enjoy your rest.

TTFN and Happy Hunting!


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5 thoughts on “Burnout and Productive Laziness.

  1. I suggest you fall back gently into my arms and ease back in a posture of complete relaxation as I give you a noogie on the head.

    You are my angel, Slaviswife. Marry me.

    Oh wait, marriage is for simps. ~ Greg Nikolic


      • You assume I’m joking.

        By the way, babe, I’m looking for lots of new sites to read. Do us all a favor and post a comprehensive list of all the websites you read … I saw you on sovietmen.wordpress! You vixen, traveling under cover through the darkened forest of the Internet like little red riding hood! What slutty missions have you been on, my pregnant cavalier? No matter …

        … anyway, ABOUT THAT LIST? All the places you read?


      • Whether you intend it as a joke or not, it is a joke.

        I read far too many sites to list. Plus, well over half the list would be religious sites, budgeting, arts and crafts and cooking. Actionable reading comes first.

        That said, here’s some guys who may appreciate extra input and debate:






        You could do with tuning down the edgelord for some of them, though. Not everyone has my tolerance for netsperger syndrome.


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