365 Challenge: Day 78 – Lazy

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Lazy: unwilling to work or use energy

It’s Monday 5/29 at 2:37pm EST and my daily 365 Challenge post is only just beginning right now. Let’s set the stage even further. It’s Memorial Day and I am officially not working today. It was a 3-day weekend. I’ve done nothing so far today except catch up on writing book reviews, interacting on social media with all of my e-friends and new e-friends. I’ve completed all but one outstanding tag/award/meme, which only just arrived in the last hour. But I still haven’t written the 365 Daily post. But it gets worse. I have not left my apartment. I’ve barely gotten off the couch. I haven’t gone to the gym. I haven’t even yet showered. Sure, you probably didn’t care to know that, but I’m just creating a little ambiance here…

At first, I thought to myself… you are worse than lazy. It’s Memorial Day and you’ve done nothing to support this important day. But… I did, as one of my posts earlier this week was thanking our veterans, active duty  armed forces (all branches) and anyone involved in this type of a role. So at least I don’t feel too guilty about being completely neglectful, as I’ve properly extended my humble appreciation via the blog; however, even if this were a regular normal day, it’s half-over and I’ve done nothing by normal standards. So…I am officially lazy today. Not everyday. It’s just today and I can accept it. I’ll be back on track with my schedule tomorrow. Actually, after I finish this post, I do plan on hitting the gym, then showering (thankfully), and I will pickup food to cook for dinner this evening.

But since we’re on the topic… is it OK to be lazy every once in a while? Do you feel wasteful when you sit on your a$$ and “play on the computer.” How often do you find yourself engaging in such a behavior? Up until about 3 years ago, I still had a flip phone. I did not have any social media accounts except for Facebook. I wasn’t big on searching the internet or reading any news or blog sites. I had other hobbies. But in the last few years, social media continues to take up more of my time. In some ways, it’s great, as I meet new people, learn new things and am connected across the world. In others, how do I measure this as true productivity of my discretionary time?

I’m not referring to it as a professional or business-oriented metric, but as a personal one. Many of us have families, children or parents to care for. Some of us work a lot more than the “standard” 40 hours, or have second and third jobs. Lots don’t have a personal computer and use their phone or at the library / work, when time permits, which is usually minimal. I’m sure there is a wide range of usage even across those of us who have blogs on WordPress (or other sites). It’s got me thinking more than usual today… about personal productivity versus laziness, when it comes to the art of just “surfing the internet.” How much is too much?

Many have asked this question before. Many have answered this question before. There are different answers as there are different kinds of bloggers. I would say I “work” about 40 to 50 hours per week on a normal schedule. I do not have children, which gives me more available free time. My parents are in good health, and although I visit with them each week, I’m not a caretaker at the moment. I exercise in my building’s gym, so no traveling around to work out or participate in sports. Basically, I’ve got a lot of “extra available” time for hobbies and pastimes, when compared to other people. It hasn’t always been this way, as I’ve had the 100 hour weeks and caring for others, so this is just a point in time contemplation over my own laziness. A few thoughts on my mind:

  • How much time on average do people spend doing this stuff?
    • A few hours a day, if I added it all up. Between the daily 365 post, reading other comments, an extra post or two depending on tags/memes/awards/summaries/updates, 5 past book reviews to catch up on for the next month or so, then syncing between all the different sites and social media accounts. That’s a lot of time. But I do enjoy it. I feel productive on some levels. I’m meeting fantastic people. {Aside: YEAH – YOU!!!}
  • How much time do I think we should spend doing this stuff?
    • I feel like 1 hour per day is sufficient, but using time wisely. Maybe a few checks thru-out the day during a quick free moment, but then back to the normal tasks at hand. I’d like to strive for accomplishing my blogging goals within a one-hour limit.
  • Is it important to consider “quality” versus “quantity?”
    • The more followers you have, the more people you follow, the more you want to engage. Today, I kept hopping from blog to blog, finding great new people and posts. And then I kept seeing “20 new posts in WP Reader” all the time. It was a bit of a rabbit hold, arguably a good one. Part of me thinks I could do this all day, but that might be unhealthy, unless it were my full-time job.
  • Are response times important on social media and blogging?
    • Even when I think about my work email, I am restless if something sits in my Inbox for more than two minutes without me reading it. And then I get nutty if I haven’t responded within 30 minutes to the sender. I’m now feeling that way about the blog! It’s definitely not a complaint — as I love blogging — but is there any “response time” that one would consider appropriate or inappropriate? It is probably subjective by person, as well as if you’ve setup expectations with someone in the past. Maybe that’s 30 minutes twice a day to keep up?

I could probably go on and on with thoughts and questions, but I think this is good enough for a daily post about feeling lazy versus productive on this specific day when speaking directly about blogging. How about you? Any thoughts on the questions above? I end with one last realization for today:

I’m not actually lazy. I have accomplished a lot since I awoke this morning. It was just all done while sitting on my couch, as part of a hobby where I’m not being paid, so… that’s why I felt lazy — because it was time where I focused on what I wanted instead of the things I thought I was supposed to do with an extra day on the weekend. So… where do I end up if not lazy… Superficial? Selfish? Silly? Oh no, another rabbit hole — and this one doesn’t sound as pleasant.

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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13 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 78 – Lazy

    jennanicolee said:
    May 29, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Hmm, tough questions. I guess I pick and choose the things I will spend lots of time on and then leave the remaining time for other mundane things. I was getting a little overloaded with the book blog, then realized this is supposed to be for fun. So I cut back a bit ha-ha. I spend a lot of time on Instagram and Tumblr, but it’s easy to pick up those things. WordPress I read in the morning and night, specifically choosing which to comment on or not. The rest is work and fitness and reading. But somedays, I really just wanna game…and I think that’s okay 🙂 As long as you don’t consume an over abundance of time doing “lazy ish” things I suppose. To each their own is the saying though, eh? Nice post 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 29, 2017 at 3:42 PM

      All great points. I try to have a fair balance, but my personality pushes me to keep checking online to see if I’ve missed something or need to respond. Just who I am. I’m hoping to get myself into a routine where it is twice a day on WP too. Good idea. Really great thoughts and thanks for much for sharing.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    May 29, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    I wouldn’t consider things you are doing connected to your blog including the networking side as lazy as it is a very productive pursuit mentally. Just because you aren’t outside and breaking a sweat doesn’t make it any less worthy an activity. Yes you still want to be doing your physical pursuits aswell because they fulfill you in a different way.

    I see laziness as an unwillingness to do anything. Wanting to play video games isn’t lazy it’s choosing an indoor pursuit you enjoy, see with watching TV, or reading, these are relaxing pursuits but not lazy. Laziness is when someone loses the ability to engage with anything, when I’ve been lazy it’s often coincided withy bouts of depression aswell I don’t think that can be said for everyone when they are lazy but I don’t think staying home in your PJs and doing things you enjoy is necessarily a sign of laziness.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 29, 2017 at 3:45 PM

      More great points. I think what makes me worry that I’m not doing enough, or that it is lazy, is how am I helping other people? Some time for yourself is good, but when I am on there for 4 to 5 hours, and it’s not paid work, is that OK? You make great points that it totally is, especially when it really gets my mind working, helps me be more social with people online… even if not in person. I think we’d be good friends, too bad we’re a continent away! LOL

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    Nel said:
    May 29, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    If this is lazy, then I’m lazy every weekend. I spend a few minutes here and their on the blog and Twitter and Facebook but its usually only when I have notifications. I think if you work hard during your work week, whatever that may be, you’ve earned a few days of lazy to actually do leisurely things that you hardly get to do during the week.

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    Rae Longest said:
    May 29, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Wait until you’re semi-retired like me…then you can pick and choose which days you want to be lazy on and when you want to “get after it.”

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    May 30, 2017 at 2:12 AM

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    Kristin said:
    June 1, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    It is okay to be lazy sometimes! How much time is too much time on social media? Well, that depends. I’m currently on social media (and WordPress) a lot. Why? Because I sit for HOURS every week, waiting, as my kids have their therapy sessions. Many times I can read. Other times (like when the waitin area is filled) I choose to waste time on social media. Because, I cannot focus with yabbering parents and rowdy kids. I also suffer from tinnitus. So, when I can’t sleep because of if? I mess on my phone rather than waking the house.

    We shouldn’t neglect our responsibilities but we deserve downtime as well. A time to be lazy 😴

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 1, 2017 at 5:34 PM

      Yabbering parents. I can just picture that!

      Good input. Downtime is necessary.

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        Kristin said:
        June 1, 2017 at 5:44 PM

        Oh sometimes I wish they’d just stop trying to talk to me when I’m reading!!!

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