“Don’t be late”
“Watch your tardiness.”
That’s what they tell you to do.
But keep that up and you’ll be working the same 9-5 dead end job until you’re over 70.
You’ll be brainwashed and programmed to follow the schedule of your boss, rather than learn the value of your own time and be able to use it to your advantage. Nah, I’m good fam. I’d rather just show up late once in a while, Procrastinate with Purpose.
You'r e not a robot and are not limited to lines of code in carrying out schedule like its your programmed Cron Job.
You have the freedom and authority to choose what to do with your time. You don't care about when others think you should have something done by. You're not a pre-programmed hard worker Droid 3.0. You're a procrastinator. You make your own rules
It’s not about being “on time”, it’s about valuing your time and deciding purposefully how to use that time. If you want freedom, you can’t be a slave to time. You are either in control of your time or your time is in control of you. If you’re a PROcrastinator and Procrastinate with Purpose, you control your time.
You Procrastinate, put things off to do what you want. Yet you don’t just blindly procrastinate and let other distractions control your time. For example, you may decide to watch Netflix or play video games instead of doing homework or preparing that report for your boss.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a total gamer myself but...
That’s not Procrastinating with Purpose!That’s letting time consume you. True procrastination is calculated and intended, not a mindless act of dilly dallying. For example, instead of filing that report to your boss on time, you turn it in late because you were practicing guitar for an upcoming gig that’s going to take you a step forward in your music career or maybe going to a job fair or convention related to your field.
(And I mean practicing slowly, not just jamming out. That’s a whole other blog topic though.)
Anyway, if you find yourself as a natural procrastinator. In other words, if you find yourself playing video games or watching TV instead of doing what you’re supposed to do, then I have good news for you.
You have the potential to be a super hero.
You’re basically a person who just discovered their powers but has no idea what the f*ck they’re doing or how to control it yet. You’re just wildly shooting off fireworks from your hands or flying into poles. You’re a bit reckless. You’re inexperienced. You’re an amateur hero.
But that’s okay.
That’s why you’re here -- to evolve into a real hero, a real Lazy Mastermind.
Controlling your procrastination (being able to Procrastinate with Purpose) is what separates the lazy amateurs and the Lazy Masterminds because as Uncle Ben told Peter Parker (aka Spiderman) “With great power comes great responsibility.” One who understands the Lazy Mindset in depth understands how to leverage his/her natural procrastination habits towards “Procrastinative” Productivity. It also takes a bit of practice. But in the end you will be able to get things done without putting in the hard work; minimize effort and maximize results. You will also be respected for your time.
And that is why being late is “no big deal.”
As Kei$ha says, “the party don’t start ‘til I walk in"
Now we can probably criticize the musical and grammatical integrity of that song, but we’re not gonna go down that path here. The takeaway is simple: to embrace the attitude she has (or at least pretends to have as her stage character) in that song in order to be a Lazy Mastermind.
The party doesn’t start. People don’t get excited or feel stimulated until you decide to show up. Your presence, your time that you make available to others is valuable; it’s valuable because once again, you value your own time for what you believe it’s worth and not for the number your boss slaps on your hourly wage or salary. Once you walk into what was an otherwise dull and uneventful gathering, or unproductive meeting,it turns into something lively and memorable, or productive and worthwhile.
Now you may be thinking, “But Nate, I can’t be late to my job! I’ll get fired.” or “I can’t be late to my date or my [significant other] will break up with me!” or “I can’t be late to class! I’ll fail!”
And well, that might as well happen.
But so what?
If you value your time enough, you know they’re not going to be able to find a more productive employee or a better lover or better, no ya know what? School is just waste of time! (but we’ll dive into that later)
You control your time and your time does not control you.
They can wait 10 or 15 minutes for the best they’re ever gonna get. Otherwise they’re going to be waiting months or even years to find someone even half as competent or charming. Point is, you don’t worry about the “consequences” of being late because you know an even better opportunity will come after. Either they’re going to have to deal with your tardiness, or give you the boot then suffer the consequences of not having you around. That’s the Lazy Mindset you need to develop.
Furthermore, there are situations where being on time just isn’t feasible, safe or practical. There are car accidents every single day caused by people hurrying to be to work “on time”. Imagine how much the rate of car accidents would decrease if people weren’t so rushed.
When you rush, you rely on instinct rather than cognitive thought and that easily causes accidents. Enjoy your waiting time and procrastinate.
Just take it easy. Don’t stress deadlines. The consequences of missing one really aren’t that severe.
The consequences of valuing someone else’s time over your own are.
Take it easy, Take it reeeal easy,
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