Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I am a slacker.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I am a slacker. I practically waste the first two hours of every working day doing nothing. By nothing, I mean “non-productive” things. 

Every morning, I start my day in the office by checking my email, going through my daily planner, moderating blog comments while leafing through my notes, checking my friends’ sites and reading the day’s headlines. While taking gulps of coffee, I usually gaze quietly out the window unmindful of the flurry of activities around me. By the time I’m done with all these things, it’s already midmorning. And I haven’t done anything productive. 

While doing all these non-productive things, some part of my brain is busy regurgitating ideas, organizing details and whirling the right words and tone of the business proposal or whatever writing assignment is due for that day. 

So am I wasting time or just letting my creative juices seep through me? It may sound like an excuse but by slacking, productive work is actually being done, though not overtly. 

Wasted time for me is consolidation time – the time away from a problem where newly learned material is absorbed. Taking a respite is letting all ideas, concepts, and information be absorbed and digested in my mind. And when I finally start working, all the pieces have fallen into place, making it easier for me to take on the tasks for the day. With the consolidation done (around 10:30 in the morning), and bursting with energy, creative juices, and urgency, I start doing steady, hard-ass, concentrated work. Then I finish what I’m supposed to finish in less time it actually takes to do it. Quality-wise, the resulting output is not bad either. Done with my output for the day, I revert back to ‘slacking’. 

When it takes us long to do something, does it mean that we’re working hard? I don’t think so. Isn’t it that the longer we work, the less efficient we are? "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Henry David Thoreau


riky and nina said...

i am also a "PROFESSIONAL" slacker extraordinaire and have mastered the art of physically wasteful but wonderfully thoughtful days tied to my desk to a tee :-)

Anonymous said...

Sir Isaac Newton formulated his theory of universal gravitation while he's slacking under an apple tree. So you are in good company. :)

Angeli said...

in behalf of nina and newton, may i invite you to join our company? you'd be very welcome. :)

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