Responsicle to Tim Kreider’s reading of: Lazy: A Manifesto on Tim Ferriss’s blog and podcast. http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/04/03/lazy-a-manifesto/
Tim! Or Mr Kreider, if you prefer,
Thank you for writing the manifesto! It encapsulates so much of what I’ve been preaching saying over the last few years. I quit my fancy corporate job 4 years ago to be a minimalist vagabond writer and researcher and business consultant, and I haven’t looked back. Even during ramen weeks. I’m taking this space not just pat your back, but also to add a few more thoughts.
First, the Cult of Busy-ness that you describe is uniquely American, just like the Faction of Face Time and the Congregation of No Vacations. Bragging about being so hardworking and dedicated is part of the American work ethos. Unfortunately, it carries neither the power of Asian productivity nor the luxury of the European lifestyle. It’s just…..busy for busy’s sake. Here in Dubai they celebrate lazy and show it off like a badge of honor. One person here was caught ‘walking’ his dog by driving slowly around an empty parking lot with the leash out the window.
What we unapologetically lazies get ius exactly what you hint at, what Tim Ferriss has warned of, is that productivity does not equal busy-ness. And that once you free yourself from the need to seem busy, you can focus on what makes you actually productive. For creatives and thinkers, that might be long periods of time off, mini-sabbaticals between projects, or a fondness for staring at the wall or into a giant bowl of pasta. My best ideas come to me in bed, in the shower, and on the beach. And I’ve long known that hours and hours of numbing my fingerpads on a keyboard don’t equal the value of just one good idea, at just the right moment. And once you understand that, well, then the beach becomes an obligation.
So let’s start a revolution, Tim, one person at a time. When they tell us they are too busy, we tell them they are simply choosing something else. When they claim they have ‘no time’, we ask them how the latest season of Game of Thrones is progressing. When they brag about their number of years without a vacation, we helpfully whip out our iPhones to show them our latest, offering to photoshop them into a beach shot here or there. When they talk of how much they have to do, we ask them which of the items are the least important. Yes, an odd one or two of us may get run through with a pitchfork, or more likely poked with a freshly-sharpened pencil, but sometime, somehow, we’ll win them over.