How do I avoid being lazy

Stress: Being lazy is healthy - and completely natural

G. E. Lessing, recognized German great spirit, wrote frankly: "Let us be lazy in all things, / Just don't be lazy about love and wine, / Just don't be lazy about laziness." And the old philosophers detested work as unworthy of man. “Nature,” writes Plato, “created neither shoemakers nor blacksmiths; such jobs degrade the people who do them. ”In his opinion, a citizen caught at work“ should be punished for this crime. If convicted, he will be sentenced to one year in prison. The penalty must be doubled for each relapse. "

Existential fear lurks in the background

But why be lazy? Aren't we German, i.e. effective, quick and thorough? Certainly, there is nothing most of us can do about these internal and external obligations. And yet we secretly feel that Plato was right in his view that work is ultimately a matter of slavery, at least when it subjects us to an alien will that is not ours, and to an alien rhythm.

The new technologies demand more and more speed, more and more output, more and more adaptation. A new software version makes us appear old within two years; Written words that 20 years ago took days to reach the conversation partner can now reach him in seconds. “Do you have my e-mail yet?” If you don't take part, you risk losing your job, prestige and money.

"Work as a cause of mental deterioration"

The feeling quickly arises of not being able to achieve what has to be achieved, existential fear lurks in the background, stress sets in. We rush through life, become “hurry sick”, as the Americans call it, and we are less and less able to relax in our free time. Some burn out, others retreat, others take pills, get sick, depressed or aggressive. And at some point there will be a heart attack.

Paul Lafargue, Karl Marx's son-in-law, wrote in 1883 in his “Refutation of the 'right to work'”: “In capitalist society, work is the cause of mental deterioration and physical disfigurement.” According to the DAK health report, the number of sick days rose because of mental illness between 1997 and 2002 by 63 percent. The WHO considers stress to be one of the greatest health risks of the 21st century.

Stress - with 85 hours of free time per week

Laziness, rightly understood, is not the opposite pole to enjoyment of work, but its basis, laziness as a stress killer, as the ability to regain one's strength, to relax, to let the Lord God be a good man, in mind To treat yourself to a cup of coffee during the storm and then to be all the more concentrated. But that's exactly where the rabbit is in the pepper. A study by the German Sport University Cologne on over 5,000 women and men showed that 70 percent do not have enough opportunities to relax and cannot switch from work to relaxation in good time. Women in particular keep postponing the recovery they need. With the result that they get into a state of exhaustion.

To their own detriment, most Germans believe that recovery occurs on its own as soon as work is over. Actively taking relaxation into your own hands - from a nap to a walk, from sex to the sauna, from yoga to zen - is the exception. Only 19 percent of women and 24 percent of men manage their own recovery. For many, stress has become an omnipresent attitude towards life that has nothing to do with the real circumstances. Because in fact, Germans work an annual average - including all sick leave, holidays, public holidays and weekends - just 25 hours a week and at the same time have around 85 hours of free time. Nevertheless, they suffer from the impression that they do not have time. Paradox!

Be realistic, be lazy

Laziness can therefore also be understood as a sense of reality, which enjoys the fact of the free hours, which allows spontaneity and personal moments of happiness, which takes opportunities and grabs hold of their hands. This has nothing to do with time management, but rather with life management. Lothar J. Seiwert calls this life leadership. The sought-after coach, who includes IBM, Daimler-Chrysler, Hewlett-Packard and Porsche among his customers, considers laziness to be a stock that is worth investing in. “Money,” he says, “can be increased. But the time? It is irretrievably gone. If you are aware of this, then something changes. "

Then you might think back to qualities that are increasingly being forgotten: leisure, idleness, patience, silence, devotion, contemplation. All of them sound like back then, terms from the moth box. All that remains is the modern word “laziness”, and that has a negative connotation. After all, time is money, isn't it?