Is Laziness Good?



I see myself as a bit of a lazy person. How so? Well, whenever I work on a tedious, exhausting project, I am prone to becoming frustrated. However, my laziness actively motivates me to seek out better solutions: I analyze the project in detail, trying to come up with something more efficient. In a way, I find laziness to be a quality (if used correctly).


After all, finding a method that makes it easier to reach the expected results is beneficial not only to me, but also to my clients. If I can develop an application or a framework that will clearly save us time and maintenance efforts in the long run, I do it without hesitation. I truly enjoy developing the right solution for the project at hand.


Of course, there are situations where creating a framework would take too much time, if put into perspective – different projects require different solutions. Developing various workarounds can be fun; then again, sometimes it can be a waste of time. A good developer has to recognize the hidden opportunities in every project.


Don’t get me wrong: I’m not working less; I create solutions to simplify my work in the long run. Because I am lazy, I prefer paying attention to every detail of the project from the start, rather than having to return and fix minor errors afterwards. If I end up saving some time, I definitely make the most of it: I like sitting outside, relaxing in the warm summer breeze. In fact, that is exactly what I am doing while writing this.


Sometimes, you can simplify your work. In other cases, you just have to go with the standard solution – I acknowledge that automating everything is simply not a viable option in all situations.


I really enjoy Randall Munroe’s XKCD work. He has some good comics on how to automate things. This one covers the topic:


How do you see the issue of laziness? When is laziness good? How does it affect your work? Do you feel it can make your work more efficient? Feel free to share your views in the comments section.
“All of the biggest technological inventions created by man – the airplane, the automobile, the computer – say little about his intelligence, but speak volumes about his laziness.” – Mark Kennedy, American professor, businessman, and Republican Party politician

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