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  • Writer's pictureHilda Adeniji

In Defense of "Laziness"

I am a big believer that everything is not exactly absolute. There are many things that unfortunately get a negative connotation when there can also be positivity to find in them. So here is my quick defense for the positivity of laziness.

Laziness is mainly characterized by a lack of effort or activity. But if we dive deeper into the root of the word, the main synonym for laziness is indolence. Indolence derives from the Latin indolentia, 'without pain' or 'without taking trouble'. And therein lies the true goal of laziness, 'without taking trouble'. And isn’t that want we all really want?

Bill Gates famously said, “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” In my professional experience, laziness and skill level have little to no coloration. Some of the “laziest” people are so because they can be due to their skill level. I strongly believe, lazy, when done right, can breed innovation and efficiencies. And in many times, laziness can be a red flag for the need for better processes.


You’ve probably been trained to think that feeling unmotivated or directionless means that there’s something wrong with you, and that if you just try harder, you’ll be able to push through. But rather than viewing these feelings as a reflection of something negative about your character, they should really be viewed as your body’s early warning system. When you’re overworked, you’re less effective, focused, and productive.

I am a self-proclaimed “lazy-project manager”, which means efficiency is my superpower. I often find the most efficient method because I want to rest – it’s really that simple.

Feeling lazy is often a sign we need rest. I want to make one thing clear: Rest does not equal laziness. It’s a common misconception. They often look similar

My biggest motivation is completing a task in less time without sacrificing quality because I’m too lazy to do it more than once. I guess, a blessing and a curse. Also, in a world where the reward for a job well done is more work, why rush?

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