[Listening] Why Being Lazy Can Make You Successful?

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As children, we were told that we would never achieve anything if we were lazy and that hard work was the key to success. But what if laziness could actually help you go further in life? Bill Gates once said that he would always “hire a lazy person to do a difficult job” at Microsoft. Why? “Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Here are some of the ways you can turn your laziness into an asset.


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Source: The Telegraph

Make the machine do it

Human beings were supposed to work less, not more, following the rise of the machines. Phones, lifts, cars, all these things were invented to avoid or _____(1 word missing) work. Lazy people automate as much as possible. Rather than tweeting throughout the day, for example, they will use a service like TweetDeck to schedule tweets for the whole day in one go. Job done; time for a cup of tea.

Why procrastination* works

If you wait until the last minute to complete a task, you are forced to focus on the project at hand. According to Quora poster Caroline Sin: “There’s nothing like not having enough time to complete a project to make you realise what’s critical, and what isn’t.” “If I start early on a project and stick faithfully to my schedule, I almost always do more work than I need to,” she explains. “But if I wait until the last minute to work on something, the stress of it automatically _____(1 word missing) my focus to what’s important, and I quickly jettison the rest. I throw no work away, I work quickly and efficiently, and I get it done.”

Are you lazy? Or just really good?

You may be lazy because you’re good at your job. Really efficient people will naturally have more downtime than their peers. The wrong kind of lazy employee will persistently look for reasons to avoid work, but the right ones will persistently search for ways to improve speed and ease without sacrificing quality. These folks devote their lives to finding helpful _____(3 words missing) . They are masters at avoiding “busywork” such as pointless meetings, they delegate to others to get things done efficiently, and they focus on the essentials rather than being distracted by unnecessary extras.

  • procrastination: the action of delaying doing sth that you should do, usually because you do not want to do it

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