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Once you slack, you never go back: 10 Ways to Live Lazy in 2024

by ABFRLadmin | December 15, 2023

Sometimes the best way to get things done is to simply do less.

A quick scroll through your Instagram Reels in 2023 was bound to bring you a bevy of videos urging you to ‘get on your grind’, ‘develop an alpha grindset’ or to ‘become a mentality monster’. All admirable goals no doubt, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s also completely unnecessary. Who are some random influencers to tell you that success eludes those who hit the snooze button?

It’s time to adopt a different approach, one that keeps your creature comforts in focus. We’re here to tell you to forget hustle culture and embrace snuggle culture. We, the proudly lazy, have finally risen from our naps to share the gospel of sloth – not as a vice, but as a superpower. Prepare to be dazzled by the 10 pillars of laziness, guaranteed to enhance your life (both personal and professional) with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine in the coming new year!

1. Mon-Fri, keep the kitchen sweat away: Who says meal prepping is for gym rats and productivity gurus only? We lazy folk do it too, only we do it in bulk, like squirrels hoarding nuts for the winter (but way tastier). Spend a glorious day in the kitchen on a weekend, whip up a whole week’s worth of delicious (and re-heatable) meals, and then spend the rest of the week living like in delicious bliss, reheating your masterpieces with the smug satisfaction of a pro.  No more daily indecision on what you can eat, no more daily cooking utensils to clean up – meal prepping has always been part of the Lazy way.

2. In Routine, Stay Serene: For a lot of us, the laziest time of our lives we’ve experienced was our time in school. What did you follow rigorously at that time of your life? A timetable.

It’s been too long that we’ve let the grindset merchants push this idea of a rigorous routine as their creation, while following a routine has always been a friend of the lazy. Think about it, when your whole day is charted out right in front of you, you know exactly what you have to do and exactly when you get to snooze. Figure out a routine, plan your days out as much as possible and experience the leisurely joy of living life on autopilot. A couple of weeks of staying on routine and you won’t even have to think about your plans for the day.

3. Laziness is ‘Letting Go’: Life throws a lot of curveballs, from work stress to burnt toast. We used to clench our fists and yell, “Not today, universe!” Let’s introduce you to the gift of radical acceptance, where you can just shrug and say, “Meh, we’ll do better next time.”

Instead of seeing “Let things go” as passive acceptance, reframe it in your mind as an active skill. We’re not just letting go, we’re mastering the art of nonchalance. Picture it: a spilled coffee? A shrugged shoulder and a knowing smirk. A missed deadline? A sigh and a casual, “Eh, the universe clearly has bigger plans for me.” Remember, stress is like wearing a weighted blanket while trying to travel back in time to solve your problems– ditch these impossible hopes and embrace the zen of not giving too much weight to things you cannot control.

4. Sleep More, Dream More: Forget eight hours, aim for ten! Sleep is nature’s reset button, a magical portal to a land where deadlines and problems don’t exist. Yet India is notoriously against the idea of getting a good night’s sleep.

According to Fitbit Data collected in India, (Indians least active, second most sleep-deprived: Fitbit – BusinessToday) we are the most sleep deprived nation on earth, and that’s a huge problem. Poor sleep habits are a marker for many health issues that will manifest in both the short-term and the long-term – like impaired mental function, a less effective immune system, an unpredictable metabolism and many more. Stay healthy and embrace the slumber party within. Invest in blackout curtains, an eye mask, a comfy mattress that feels like a cloud hugging you, and pick a few soothing white noise tracks on your phone. Sleep like your life depends on it, because it really does. Fix your sleep cycle and conquer the world (or on weekends, the couch) with the confidence of a well-rested sloth.

5. The ‘Ways Of The Laze’ are meant to be shared: Why do everything yourself when you can have other people do it with you? That’s the beauty of collaboration, my friends.

Team up with your co-workers and convert them to be followers of the law of the lazy. Delegate tasks like you’re handing out gifts, and pick everyone’s brains for opinions and thoughts to ensure yours isn’t being overworked. When you’re done winning at work, take this collaborative mindset even further by hosting a potluck party, maybe even for Christmas, where everyone has to do one thing on the party planning checklist, from décor, to bringing some delicious food, to picking out the perfect playlist. The principle remains the same- when everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot!

7. Use it, don’t lose it: Your annual leaves are not a gift, they’re a right, like the right to wear pajamas all day or eat cake for breakfast. Use them all, and we mean even the Casual Leaves by that! Take that trip to Bali you’ve been dreaming of, or even a laze around in a local park with a good book. Your leaves are your personal rebellion against the tyranny of productivity. Embrace it, flaunt it, and let your Out-Of-Office mail do the heavy lifting in your absence.

8. KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid: Who has time for long, rambling emails? Not us, us lovers of leisure are also the undisputed champions of brevity. Keep your emails short, sweet, and to the point. Bullet points are your friends, emojis are your allies, and the “delete” button is your escape hatch. Remember, every word you type is a stolen second from what could be your nap time. Save those precious moments for what truly matters – scrolling through cat videos on Reels or choosing what to watch on Netflix while you dine.

9. Don’t Forward, Fast Forward!Breaking free from the shackles of Whatsapp group chats is a true act of laziness. Resist the urge to forward every meme, every motivational quote, every picture of someone’s cat in a hat. Silence the notifications, mute the groups, and reclaim your sanity (and your battery life). Remember, your phone is not a leash tying you to the digital world. It’s a portal to endless entertainment, and you, my friend, are the master of the remote.

So, there you have it, the nine pillars of laziness, your roadmap to a life filled with maximum chill and minimum effort. Remember, laziness is not a vice, it’s a lifestyle choice. A choice to prioritize your well-being, your happiness and appreciation of the less laborious aspects of living – it’s time for people to tell you sooooo lazy, sooooo wow, chalo ab ghar jaa ke so jao!

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