My standard answer at work when people comment on my efficiency and output levels is that I am lazy. I don’t see this as a negative trait, because it means that I do a lot less churn work than others. I see laziness as a way to do things in the most efficient way possible, because I don’t want to waste my time in energy on something I don’t have to. It means I can use that time and energy (in theory, anyway) to do things I want to do.
It seems, however, that I haven’t been thorough about being lazy.
Over at Scott H Young ۠The Laziest Solution Possible, Scott talks about questions he asks himself.
- Why am I doing this?
- Why am I doing it this way?
- What am I trying to get out of this?
- Is this the best way to get this done?
- What would happen if I didnӴ do it at all?
I am pretty good at routinely asking myself #1, #3 and #4, but #2 has been tripping me up lately as deadlines got very tight, and I haven’t been asking myself #5 at all. These two missed questions are really holding me back, and I am conscious of doing a lot of busy work as a result.
Mark Forster, in Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management (aff), consistently asks, “Am I the one to do this?”. It’s not a question I ask often enough.
I think the upshot here is that I am not being lazy enough lately, and I really need to work at it.