If you've recently asked yourself why you struggle with getting things done then this post is for you.
I recently surveyed people on Facebook and learned that we are all really struggling with two subjects that define most of our life: work and rest.
After spending time interacting online, reading a host of articles, and consuming a helpful book on the subject, I've come to this conclusion:
You're lazy because you don't rest well.
We have lost the art of rest. Our "days off" are filled with tasks: chores, emails, pings, to-dos, and notifications. All of this leads to starting our week exhausted, frustrated, and praying for the next weekend to come quick.
I don't think that the solution is to simply: work harder.
We need to reclaim the art of rest.
New York Times writer, Tim Kreider, offers much-needed wisdom in a 2013 Scientific American article:
"The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration—it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done."
"But, it's impossible!" you exclaim. You're right and that's the problem. You've orchestrated your life in such a way that taking a few hours of rest each week is nearly impossible.
This is laziness: you don't take an extended rest each week; you're basically trying to rest in little bits each day in order to emotionally recover from the stress of work.
My solution: baby steps.
A few baby steps for you to reclaim the art of rest in your life:
Turn Off the TV: Skip a Show Next Week and Take a Walk Outside
Turn Off Your Phone: Commit to a Time When You Will Turn it Off Every Night
Get Creative: Find an Activity that Refuels You and Schedule It Every Week
Two Days Off: Get All of Your Chores Done on Day One and Leave Day Two for Rest
Make a List of Restful Activities: Keep It Close for the Times When You Get a Break
Have Fun: Find Something that will Make You Laugh and Engage in it Once or Twice a Week
Break Your Smartphone Habit: Here
Pick one of the baby steps and let me know how it goes next week!
You have the power to reclaim the art of rest so that you can have the energy, enthusiasm, and vigor necessary to work hard.
Remember: You're lazy because you don't rest well!