5 Ways Laziness Can Make You Rich
Laziness certainly has a bad reputation, but it can lead to success in many areas of life. Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner sloth, “work hard, play hard” doesn’t always apply. Here are five ways laziness can make you rich:
Being Lazy for Better Productivity
It seems counterintuitive, but laziness can lead to greater productivity. Lazy people often delegate tasks and find shortcuts that save time and effort. As a result, they get more done in less time.
For example, when I worked at a major retailer a part of my job was to collect and post mystery shopper reports to the company intranet. It was boring and repetitive, taking nearly an entire workday. Seeking a better way, I applied my limited programming skills to create a simple program that automated most of the work. A nearly all-day task now took less than 30 minutes.
Laziness Improves Time Management
Many people who are regarded as lazy are efficient with their time. They know how to use their time and not waste it on activities that don’t lead to their goals. By planning ahead and using time wisely, you can get more done in less time and have more time for leisure.
Being Lazy Improves Creativity
Lazy people are more creative than their more hardworking counterparts because they take a different approach to their thinking. Being lazy, one can’t rely on brute force to get things done. This leads to more innovative products or services, which can be valuable and make you richer. When not bogged down in the details and seeing the larger picture, the lazy one focuses on what is truly important.
Laziness Leads to Better Decisions
Being lazy, one often makes better decisions than those always in a hurry. This is because you have the time to think things through and consider many more possible options. As a result, you’re more likely to make decisions that are in your best interest, which can lead to greater success.
How Laziness Can Make You Rich
Laziness can be very beneficial to your finances.
First, being lazy saves money. When you’re not constantly out and about, you’re less likely to buy unnecessary or frivolous things. By not spending money on what you don’t need, you will save money.
Second, it also helps you earn more money. By not wasting time and energy on what doesn’t matter, you can focus on making more money through things like investments or a side business. Make your money work for you to earn passive income (such as from dividend investing), so you’re not trading irreplaceable time for money.
And finally, laziness can help you keep more of your money. If you’re not working hard all the time, it’s less likely that you will get burned out and make financial mistakes such as overspending on a vacation or buying things you later regret.
Being lazy and unproductive is not the same. Lazy people don’t necessarily do nothing – they just avoid things that don’t matter, and that can make all the difference.
Embrace laziness. It can be your key to success.
John is a freelance B2B writer, investor, and blogger. A large part of his writing experience has been as a writer/designer in the training department of a large regional retailer based in Portland, Oregon. He currently resides in the other Vancouver (in Washington state) with his wife and two pet dwarf rabbits.