We created the car wash to reduce the time we spend cleaning our car. We invented fast food so we didn’t need to spend so much time in the kitchen. Why? Because we are lazy. Every new smart invention is for making things easier, so we can focus on the things that matter. “Smart laziness”.
But the idea of being lazy and smart is not as easy as just being lazy. The unintelligent laziness is the most common type of laziness – and it deals only with short term solutions.
It appears when we think only of the very existing moment and not about what can happen next. We focus on money and time and think that solves the rest. We take shortcuts, create workarounds and make bad decisions to get things done very fast right away. We think we are smart because we got the job done. But how great was it really?
The two types of laziness can also be associated with two groups of people. Reactive and proactive people.
The reactive person is the less smart one. This is a person who always act on feelings. (Our feelings are usually a direct result of an action, which is sometimes hard to understand. Love for example does not live by itself, it is a side effect of what we just did. Why do you think love disappears when you stop working on the attraction, start blaming each other or take everything for granted? Did you really act that way when you first met your partner and fall badly in love?)
Being proactive is a smarter option. A proactive person considers beforehand the results of a desired action. What caused this feeling? Why am I angry, tired, sad et cetera? What will happen if I continue doing this? What are the side effects? What’s focus generate the best result?
The rules are simple: