CREATIVITY

Scheduling Laziness Sparks Creativity Like Overkill

Doing nothing is better than being busy and accomplishing nothing.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

I saw laziness as a bad habit that drains your energy and keeps you in an idle state.

Because of my upbringing in a family where I went tuition to get at the top of the class and then two more years to get into my dream college, I suffered hair loss when laziness was not in my dictionary.

I didn’t know how much I was jeopardising my mental health until it started showing in my work environment.

Escaping the hustle culture changed my perception of laziness.

In a world where doing more is preferred over essentials, getting some free time is becoming medieval.

Even when I left my first desk job for my remote job, I still worked extra hours to burn out and couldn’t get enough time to let my creativity marinate.

Once I started writing last year at the start of the first lockdown and found the numerous ways creativity thrives, boredom and laziness became significant sources of inspiration.

Laziness is an inspiration.

If you can schedule at least 30 minutes of free time despite your tight schedule, you’re effectively giving your mind a much-needed rest without going into all-sleep mode.

Doing nothing doesn’t mean wasting time and draining your life. It is about spending time with your environment as a form of self-care.

It can be as simple as observing the birds chirping, awareness of your breath or simply staring into the sky. Whatever makes you wonder about the beauty of nature, don’t miss out.

The ability to be lazy is a privilege.

My previous corporate job didn’t allow free time at all except the lunch hours. To relax, I had to finish the work super-ahead of time and lie to my boss about the progress while making some free time.

With the current remote work and my online writing business, I get so much time to plan my day to decide when to practise mindfulness the lazy way.

Some of my best ideas come while walking. But there is another set of ideas that come while I am simply staring at the sky and wondering how stunning nature is.

Final words

Our subconscious mind gets better at any habit with repetition.

As Maya Angelou said,

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

You can harness your creativity in a lazy mode and active mode. But generally, when we’re grinding in the active state, we’re using creativity instead of enjoying the idea exploration stage.

To get better at finding novel ideas, schedule free time in your day to do nothing but let your mind wander.

The way I came up with the idea for this article was the same. I walked for around 30 minutes, and when I thought of a new way to find ideas, I searched online about creative laziness.

It led me to understand that scheduled laziness is a creativity booster. I will do more of it. And once you reap the same benefits as I did, it’ll be overkill for you too.

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Sanjeev is a writer, mentor and recovering shopaholic from India. He writes about lifelong learning, personal growth, and positive psychology. When he’s not busy with his muse, he’s sweating either in a workout or badminton. He also chronicles his writing and fitness journey on Instagram. He shares daily inspiration with #ThoughtForTheDay on Twitter.

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Sanjeev Yadav

Sanjeev Yadav

Writer • Mentor • Recovering Shopaholic • IITR 2019 • ✍🏼 Personal Growth, Positive Psychology & Lifelong Learning• IG: sanjeevai • List: sanjeevai.ck.page