We’re told if we buckle down, we can fit our working week into less time. If we allot our leisure time properly, we can do all those hobbies we’ve never got around to. If we want more money, we can build up side-hustles while holding down a nine-to-five.
Beat distraction. Beat procrastination. Beat laziness. Do more, better, faster.
Now that’s all great. And if you master all the productivity tricks out there, then more power to you.
But does anyone else just get tired at even the thought of all this?
A few weeks ago, I had a really bad day at work. Really bad. So bad, I just wanted to forget all about it…but couldn’t. I ended up stuck in a cycle of pointless fretting.
Do you know what broke me out of it? Trashy TV. Hours of it. It’s not a habit I indulge very often, but that day, it worked for me. And I feel not a jot of guilt about that.
A couple of years back, I was drawn to ideas like minimalism and simplicity because I felt overwhelmed. I wanted to do and have less. To create space in my life for…well, sometimes, nothing at all.
Sure, lots of people use meditation or mindfulness to get a break from the stresses of modern life. I go to a guided meditation class every couple of weeks and always feel far better for it.
But in a weird way, it’s still work. It’s structured, it has rules. You can’t start throwing cushions at the person next to you. (Although you’d probably get told off really gently)
There is something to be said for completely unstructured time. No goals. No expectations. It’s refreshingly freeing.
So I don’t feel guilty if I lie in bed instead of taking a wholesome hike on a weekend morning. I don’t worry if hours of my day slip by and I’m not exactly sure how I filled them. I don’t agonise if I sit down with a beer when there’s still a pile of ironing to get through.
My advice is to be lazy every now and again. Allow yourself the luxury of accomplishing absolutely nothing. There should be no guilt in the pleasure of wasting time.
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