The Case Against Productivity

productivity Sep 26, 2021
The Case Against Productivity

I can't help but wonder what you're thinking right now.

Is it something along the line of, "Is this article about the case against productivity being written by a productivity expert ?"

Why, yes, it is.

No, I haven't lost my mind or my way.

While I think that productivity is a beautiful thing (of course!), I also think it's okay to be downright lazy sometimes. 

Please don't forget to read that last word: sometimes.

Let me elaborate.

In the 1980's horror flick, The Shining, there is a classic line: "All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy."

If you're familiar with the film, then you also know it made him a psychotic killer.

And you don't want that.

Work is great.

But so is playing. 

Or the word I want to use: laziness.

I used to say that it's okay (with me) if you watch TV (including binge-watching), or play games on your phone, hang out with friends or do some other unproductive activity as long as you have "earned" the right.

However, I no longer think this.

I believe you will have days when you're just not feeling it.

And because you know yourself better than most, you know when this happens.

I think it would be best for your overall productivity, you, and your clients to be lazy when you feel the need to. 

Warning: if this happens often (every day, for example), you might want to discover why this is. It could be a sign of something deeper you need to deal with.

I would move as much off from your schedule as you can and then be lazy. 


Whenever I do this, I come back raring and ready to go.

Usually, this means I am lazy for several hours. I can't recall ever being lazy for an entire day.

But remember I wrote: guilt-free. This is important. You're not less of a person because you feel like being lazy. Even if you have to deal with something deeper, this doesn't mean that you're a terrible person. It just means you have to figure out what the issue is and then deal with it.

Being productive is incredible. You should want to be productive as much as you can. But you're human. And there will be times when you have to be lazy.

Let me know what you think.

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