You’ve probably heard David Allen say that he’s the laziest person he has ever met. “I often admit to that in my seminars, and lots of people think that’s the silliest thing they’ve ever heard—they see me as highly focused and productive. But to me lazy just means making something happen with as little effort as possible.”
Now there’s encouragement from The Economist. This article points out that activity for its own sake may be counterproductive.
In praise of laziness Business people would be better off if they did less and thought more
It is high time that we tried a different strategy—not “leaning in” but “leaning back”. There is a distinguished history of leadership thinking in the lean-back tradition. Lord Melbourne, Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister, extolled the virtues of “masterful inactivity”. Herbert Asquith embraced a policy of “wait and see” when he had the job. Ronald Reagan also believed in not overdoing things: “It’s true hard work never killed anybody,” he said, “but I figure, why take the chance?”. This tradition has been buried in a morass of meetings and messages. We need to revive it before we schedule ourselves to death.
Read the full article here.