“People today do far more work than nearly any other humans in history yet most of us often still feel we are not doing enough.”
It’s an unspoken yet commonly held set of ideas and values which suggests that hard work is morally superior to relaxation, and that people who aren’t productive have less innate value than productive people. The laziness lie. On the personal front, it affects our productivity, our views about life, and our boundary issues with relationships.
The 3 Main Beliefs:
- Your worthiness is based upon your productivity.
- Your feelings and limitations aren’t trustworthy.
- There is always more you could and should be doing.
We live in a world where hard work is recognised in a positive light, and having needs and/or limits are considered to be shameful. For most of us, these principles are absorbed right from childhood through years of observations. It is therefore no surprise why so many of us are constantly overworking ourselves.
The Stakes Of Laziness Are Dire
In so many ways, the laziness lie makes complete sense. Comfort is never guaranteed in life, and people who can’t work tend to suffer the most – both physically and psychologically. As a result, many of us are constantly anxious over our financial and professional futures.
Why Should We, & How Do We Overcome
Retired people with sufficient funds aren’t spared either. Having made work the most dominant activity in life, they often feel a loss of their identity and face the inability to handle the shift in life’s pace. This directionless and lonesomeness causes them to embrace isolation.
The Laziness Lie: Laziness Does Not Exist
Laziness Does Not Exist explores the psychological underpinnings of the “laziness lie,” including its origins from the Puritans and how it has continued to proliferate as digital work tools have blurred the boundaries between work and life. Using in-depth research, Price explains that people today do far more work than nearly any other humans in history yet most of us often still feel we are not doing enough.
Dr. Price offers science-based reassurances that productivity does not determine a person’s worth and suggests that the solution to problems of overwork and stress lie in resisting the pressure to do more and instead learn to embrace doing enough. Featuring interviews with researchers, consultants, and experiences from real people drowning in too much work, Laziness Does Not Exist encourages us to let go of guilt and become more attuned to our own limitations and needs and resist the pressure to meet outdated societal expectations.
Embrace Doing Enough
Here are some other things you could do aside from working or working on your productivity.
- Learn more about your self through journaling. Prompt journals work great, but bullet journals are equally wonderful.
- Decorate your desk.
- Stop being dependent on technology, and build a backup address book on your friends & family’s contact information.
- If you’re pregnant or are a parent to a newborn, invest in some quality heirloom gifts for your child.
- A seasoned parent? Spend time researching mind-nourishing activities and books for your little ones.
- Feed your mind, regularly.
- Care for your skin in a thoughtful and environmentally-friendly manner.