Our Laziness can Motivate Us!
My cat is so fat and lazy that when stimulated with a chasing toy, he decided to use only his eyes to chase it. He is not even bothered moving his fat paws anymore.
Inertia, laziness, whatever you call this, my cat will nod and then go to sleep. He has accepted his fatness will lead him to obesity and plenty of other diseases. When I don’t feed him enough, he will go out and eat whatever is available.
I guess my cat is just mimicking my lazy life. I was fascinated by how this guy can take selfies with his toes, and spent the weekend practising using the TV remote with my fat toe. This way, I don’t need to move my body.
What have I learned about being lazy of me and my cat? And how laziness can be the motivation to live simply and as a minimalist? Psychology is so fascinating.
How to motivate a lazy ass
To dash home and watch Netflix, lazy people will find ways to work efficiently.
This means if they have a question that no one else can answer, they will Google it straight away to solve the problem so that they can do the task. However, this also means that if they aren’t bothered about something, they will do a half-hearted Google job and cut every corner possible.
The result is that if a lazy person is doing a task that they have no passion for, they will do it quickly but it will never be good. The quality will be sub-standard and they can’t care less.
A lazy person can only be motivated at a heart-level. If you can appeal to them about the point of doing something, they will be fascinated and do it so well (like me and my toe selfies, my cat and his dead rats).
Lazy people are very intelligent. They are clever enough to do things effectively, and now they are also motivated enough to produce the best result.
Why minimalism is for lazy asses
There are several aspects of minimalism that’s incredible for lazy asses (this includes me and my cat).
- Less stuff to deal with — for example, I honestly wouldn’t hoover if there is stuff on the floor that’s in the way. If there is no stuff, hoovering is like dancing for me. So an organised home will help with hygiene and health.
- Regularisation — If there’s something I am obsessed with (like writing for me), I’d prefer everything else to be simplified and regularised. At one point I am using subscription service for EVERYTHING in my life, this ranged from food boxes to my tampons. I won’t go to supermarkets, because between writing, sleeping and listening to my muse, I ain’t got time to run errands!
- Digitally clean — I actually don’t mind being contacted via different apps and social media, as long as they are all on my phone. The painful bit is to manage social media to promote this Medium page. So please support me, I have made big efforts:
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The only hard part is the start
Minimalism is a great lifestyle for lazy people, the problem is it is hard to start.
Decluttering? That sounds absolutely painful. Many lazy people are hoarders because they can’t be bothered to do spring clean, to organise, or to bring a box to the charities (it’s such hard work, honestly).
So when it comes to decluttering, there is so much crap.
How to motivate a lazy person to declutter and start living a minimalist life
- Constantly fascinate them with the benefits of minimalism
- Paint the picture of how wonderful life becomes with few things
- Force feed them minimalism aesthetic pictures on Pinterest, Instagram and Youtube
- Remove as many surface areas as possible so lazy people can’t just chuck stuff on the desk, chair, bedside table, or anything flat.
- Order boxes for them and label most boxes as either charities or trash
- Keep only a few boxes for things that are to keep. When the lazy ass is decluttering, the focus is on knowing straight what to keep and keep them. Everything else will need to go.
- If they spend more than 1 minute to consider whether something should be going or keeping, the answer is GOING. You will be surprised to know how replaceable things are, and how unlikely we will replace them.
Here’s my article on the faux-pas tips for creating a capsule wardrobe, but the same principals work on EVERYTHING we own.
Minimalist Fashion for Women is Easy
How to build a capsule wardrobe, starting with pieces we already own and special occasions.
Bonus tip, when they complain and start chilling on the floor tapping their iPad with their toes, put on Friends (or other classic programmes that are funny and effortless) and start decluttering again.
This is a trick that works on my cat and me…you can also feed me with Ferrero Roche, and I will start moving.
Lazy people are like spoiled cats, if they have a company, everything can be done much more easily.
The Minimalists have also mentioned a “packing party” before, because decluttering becomes much more pleasant to lazy people or not when it’s done together.
Personally, I did one round of decluttering in March 2020, and again in January 2021 (because I got lazy after the first round, so there’s a big gap…).
However, In between the two packing parties, I stopped myself from buying more things (the pandemic helped) by regularising most of the essential purchase. So I didn’t need to go shopping that often.
Now I own 38 items of clothing, and maybe a box worth of stuff that I actually use. Not bad for a lazy person who was still hoarding her childhood blanket at one point, huh?
Good luck and more intentional living tips here:
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