Busy Is Lazy

Megan Sheridan, an executive assistant for the VP’s at Intercom, believes that people are too focused on the desire to do more in a limited amount of time. She thinks that this is a way in which many people try to cover up their own laziness by analyzing what actions are important in order to achieve a certain result. People have to understand that their own behavior, rather than a time deficit, is an towards reaching their own goals.

We should rethink our approaches to time allocation.  We constantly hear, “the more, the better”.  We complain about the lack of time, but possibly, we spend many hours idling.  We often overload ourselves with work and spend our resources on tasks that have already been solved or are irrelevant and unimportant, rather than direct our energy on activities that help bring us closer to our goals. This behavior results in an inefficient use of time, stress and emotional breakdowns.   In this state of rush, we usually carry out our work poorly and often without enjoyment.

No matter what we do, there is only 168 hours in a week.  We spend 50 hours a week sleeping and 50 hours working. The last 50 hours is left for reading books, communicating with our families and friends,  exercising, engaging in hobbies and more.  We have little time resources for our many activities, so, we should control our time to have enough for all our activities.  The main criterion for time management is the efficient use of time. Overloading ourselves with meaningless work (for example, reading useless emails the whole day) is an inefficient use of time, and so it can be implied, is equivalent to laziness.  This creates the appearance of congestion, but, in fact, it’s laziness because such activity leads to no useful result.  We should ask ourselves: why do we try to perform a lot of work in the shortest possible time, if the work does not promote us to achieve our goals, and we are not able to do it properly?  What do we choose? Quality or quantity?  The answer is obvious – we can not waste time on useless activities. We should choose the most important things for ourselves and set out to do them in the best way possible.

Every action we undertake strengthens the appropriate neuron connections in our brain and consumes energy resource.  We should not be spending our energy on creating neuron connections which are linked with unimportant things, but instead, we should be directing it to strengthen the neuron patterns  liked with actions which will lead us to our goals.

In summary, we should be honest with ourselves, value our limited time resources and avoid implied laziness in our behaviour.  We should only do that which is really important and with maximum efficiency. We should understand what activities are priorities and concentrate on them.


Svetlana Stroganova, Nikolai Shmelev

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