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October 12, 2012

The benefits of being lazy

NORMAN — All you Type A personalities, please, don’t let the title twist your underoos into a freaked out wad. Just hear us out. Believe it or not, so much more can be accomplished is we are not driven to work 24/7.

Mind you, we do not advocate super gluing your hindquarters to the recliner and doing nothing. But it is necessary to come to a complete, lurching stop. When we operate at full speed with hardly a moment to think outside the box, creativity suffers.

According to Albert Einstein, “Creativity is the residue of time wasted.” During those down-time moments, inspiration finds fertile soil in corners of our minds, take root and blossom into good, great or brilliant ideas. As a result, you tackle those pain-in-the-rutabaga tasks working smarter instead of harder.

For better or for worse, the Warped Fate of Great Ideas likes to remind us that nothing worth having comes easy. The most productive downtime occurs just as we are about to fall asleep or during the awakening process.

Is there a downside of those brilliant idea moments? Yes. We think we will remember them in the morning, but we won’t. Or, the ghost of a great idea will haunt us upon awakening, but the essence is lost forever. Still, there are things we can do to preserve that “great idea” before it splinters into the ether of forgotten and permanently lost brilliance.

Some people keep a notepad and pen on their nightstand and train themselves to wake up and make blind notes in the dark. Good luck deciphering said notes in the light of day. Some keep a recorder nearby and speak their thoughts before they evaporate in the darkness. While others force themselves to get up and either write down or type those elusive thoughts out on the computer. Writers and inventors find these methods invaluable.

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