Laziness is not a weakness, but a superpower. And like all superpowers, you must learn to control it, not let it control you. It’s not a matter of avoiding using your superpower (it’s not about NOT being lazy) to begin with, it’s about knowing how and when to use it. We use laziness to our advantage.
Anyway, as cheesy as it might sound to use some sort of acronym, the fact of the matter is, it’s one of the easiest ways to memorize large chunks of information. See, instead of studying hard to master a large knowledge base, which takes a ridiculous amount of work (the enemy of a procrastinator), you just one remember one simple word: LAZY... and then can recall all the information you need.
Our brains are like machines and you’re the operator. You just press the right buttons and lean on back as the work takes care of itself. You don’t have to try hard or do hard or even think hard. Your brain works best when you organize bulk information in these sort of different departments (like each letter in LAZY)...But that’s another article for another time.
Today, we’re continuing our deep dive analysis of the LAZY Mindset and moving on to the next principle: Zonk Out.
Before we get started, I want to point out something important. See, these next two principles are a bit different than the first two, Leisure and Aloofness in a noteworthy way. While Leisure and Aloofness are mental frameworks, detailing the type of attitude you want to have when you approach everyday situations in life, Zonk Out and Yawn (the next couple principles) are geared towards providing you with “go to” methods that allow you to communicate those attitudes. It’s the action (or ‘inaction” probably better stated) behind the words.
Leisure and Aloofness come first in our module because they are the foundation; they are how we think and why we think that way. It’s important to have the right frame of mind first before diving into what to actually do. As a matter of fact, if you master the art of Leisure and Aloofness, Zonking Out and Yawning (which we’ll cover later) will come natural to you. If you think like a procrastinator, you will in fact act like one too!
If anything, reading these next two parts of the Lazy mindset module, if you’ve already fully got the knack of remaining Aloof always and embracing your Leisure sometimes, will, if anything, provide further clarity in what you were already thinking. It’ll just confirm that you’re doing the right thing and you’re thinking the right thoughts. It’ll confirm that you truly know how to think LAZY.
You’ll think to yourself “Yeah man, I knew that’s what I should do.”
Now if you’re not at that level yet, if you haven’t fully become one with your inner spirit sloth, if the methods I’m about to share seem a little bizarre, that’s okay. You’ll get there...eventually. It’ll all make sense and one day you’ll just “get it”.
In the meantime, knowing to Zonk Out and to Yawn will give you a direction and goal to aim towards. It’ll allow you to keep in mind what it is you should be actually *doing* and not just thinking.
But again, understanding the mental attitude is where you need to focus. After all, ya gotta make the groundwork before building the whole structure.
While the information I’m about to share with you will set you on the right path towards making the right decisions and taking the right actions, all of it is quite frankly void without the underlying mental frame behind it.
See, it’s not about rehearsing a series of lines or performing a scripted set of stunts. It’s about fully embracing your laziness so you know how to act in any scenario, ever.
Once you have the right mental frame, the Lazy Mindset, you’ll be able to adapt to whatever man. That’s why you must, first and foremost, level up your inner before worrying about the outer.
I mean what happens when you’re out of lines and gimmicks? What happens when there’s a situation that hasn’t been covered?
You’ll be scratching your head, wondering what to do. You’ll be left stumped. Uh oh!
Lines, step by step “to dos”, routines -- those are just surface level things. You must dive deeper than that.
You must have a strong deep inner sloth established before doing the actions associated with being a PRO-crastinator.
The outer reflects the inner, ya dig? The things you do and words you say (on the outside) has a lot to do with what you’re thinking on the inside.
You can’t be thinking “If I do this, then that.” It’s not some sort of calculation or formula. It’s not a guide to life. It’s a freaking MINDSET.
No amount of words I write can get you to attain that sort of thing. That’s on you. I can gently lead you in the right direction to get there, but ultimately a mindset is something you must train yourself to adopt. You can’t just pick up a disk and install it in your brain.
The laziness must come from *within*. The suggestions I’m about to make on what to do in order to be lazy and get away with it, are nothing more than ideas based on the fundamental attitudes we talked about (Leisure and Aloofness).
If you read this particular blog article and begin to think to yourself “that’s exactly what I’d do” as I suggest certain actions, then you’re on the right path. You’re letting the laziness flow through you.
There’s no point in doing something if you don’t understand *why* you’re doing it in the first place.
First of all, you’re gonna get lost.
Second, you’re a person, a human fucking being. You have this cool thing called self reliance and don’t have to follow a certain set of instructions or lines of code. You can think and make a decision for yourself.
Every decision you make is based on your current frame of mind.
With the right frame of mind, that leads you to make the right decisions. Being told to “pick this” or follow a deadset list of “commandments” takes away
What should I do in this situation?
You need the right mental frame.
Attitude first. Actions second. Period.
We covered the Attitude section of the module with Leisure and Aloofness. We’re now moving on to the “Action” section of the module.
In a way, Aloofness is the attitude *behind* Zonking Out. Zonking Out is the *action* behind the theory.
*Now what does it mean to zonk out? *
Certainly if we look at the literal definition it means to physically start sleeping almost instantaneously. And while that is something that a procrastinator does quite often, no doubt, when we say it here, it is more of a form of a metaphorical expression.
See, by Zonking Out, you are disregarding the outside world and influences in order to do what you actually want, whether that’s to literally sleep or not. It’s taking authority over your life, and knowing when to Zonk, rather than sticking around to do things in order to live up to a certain standard or expectation. You do your own thing dude, regardless (the main idea behind being Aloof).
Now we say Zonk Out because it’s a catchy phrase and makes it simple to know what to do and how to handle shit. By remembering to Zonk Out and all the things associated with it (sleeping, zoning out the outside world), we can easily remember the deeper implications of zonking out and why it's important to do under our module. Anyway, let’s continue, shall we?
Having the ability to Zonk Out means having the ability to walk away and mean it
That’s “the strongest position in a negotiation”, as Corey Wayne puts it. If you can walk away and not look back, that gives you so much raw power -- it's unbelievable. You basically say “here’s what I want. If you don’t like it, fine. Take it or leave it,” not necessarily verbatim like that but that’s the sort of attitude you want to achieve here. In fact, you could be a little more polite about it. We don’t want to go full asshole. Point is: You couldn’t care less if they go along with your little plan or not.
If they do, great. If not, great!
You remain calm either way. You know what it is you want. And if you don’t get exactly that, no big deal, you’ll find some other way to get it. Whatevs. You go with the flow. You're Not reliant on their agreement or approval.
People that hesitate or back down in their decisions aren’t really respected all that much. You may “change your mind” to get someone to like you and even if they do end up liking you for whatever it is you did, they will certainly lose respect for you.
Once they lose respect, it’s game over. That person will never look at you the same. You have like one single “give in” per person per life. Use it well.
It’s better to be respected than it is to be liked. Don’t be approval seeking. Fuck it if people don’t like you or don’t like the way you want to do things. You’re not here to earn a thumbs up. You’re here to do whatever makes you happy.
And don’t say helping other people makes me happy. It doesn’t At least not when you’re sacrificing you’re own sens of dignity and self worth in order to do so. It’s okay to be helpful. It’s not okay to be so helpful that you’re a helpless sap who can’t ever walk away or god forbid, say No once in a while.
Don’t threaten to walk away either, just to get a reaction or to make them beg then end up begging yourself when they don’t react in the way you had intended. When you say you’re going to walk away, walk away. None of this manipulative bullshit.
Keep it real, man and Zonk Out when you mean it.
Zonking Out means you have a clear set of principles and boundaries that you don’t let people walk over.
You must know what you won’t tolerate and be willing to cut out those who don’t follow suit. Don’t let someone stick around if they’re bringing down the party. Kick ‘em out of your house.
Do you hate when people call you out for being late? Tell ‘em you do things on your schedule.
Do you detest people that tell you to get a real job? Tell ‘em to stuff it.
If someone isn’t abiding by your principles, you let ‘em know. You don’t let them get away with that shit. You are clear with what you expect and how you expect others to treat you. You don’t make an qualms, ifs, ands, and buts about it.
If they say something that really gets under your skin, don’t lose composure. Stay cool and calm but say: “Hey I don’t like when you say that. Stop.”
If they ain’t gonna abide the way you do, Zonk Out. Give e’m the boot. Walk away. Make it clear you ain’t got time for their bullshit. You got sleep to catch up on. Netflix series to watch.
Their approval is not the focus of your life. Your own happiness is. Anyone that isn’t bringing you any sort of satisfaction, ZONKED!
People will walk over you if you let them. They’ll test you. You’ll always be “tested”. They’ll try to get you to break, see if you’re truly LAZY or just pretending.
They may try to criticize or say “I can’t believe you’d do that!”
Of course, if you have the MENTAL FRAME ready, you’ll know what to do. You’ll know to just tell them “whatever, that’s how it is.” with a bright smile on your face as you lean back, all laxed. They can’t shake or break you.
You don’t get out of bed easily, yet alone your mental frame.
Zonking out doesn’t mean you’re completely oblivious to people’s bullshit.
In fact, you call them out on it.
You know when someone is straight lying to your face or trying to pull some sleezy sleight of the hand tactic. You see them switch their blinking pattern or eye contact frequency or maybe hear a change in the cadence of their voice. You spot it. You know it. You ain’t gonna put up with it. At all. You have a good bullshit detecter.
Zero is the amount of bullshit you tolerate and Zero is the amount of bullshit you’ll get. People should know that you won’t let even the slightest hint of dishonesty slide by you.
You want straight answers. If you ask a question and someone tries to dance around answers, you call them out on it. You tell them to give it to you straight. Tell them you don’t want to look through the rose colored glasses. You don’t want any fluff. You want the raw ass deal.
That said, you trust others. You give them the benefit of the doubt until they’ve given you a reason not to trust them completely.
Trust is not earned. It’s given. But easily taken away.
Zonking Out means taking out bullshit from your life by being honest and expecting honesty from others.
People don’t fuck with you if you easily Zonk Out
People oughta know that when you say something, you ain’t sayin it just to fuck around. I mean it’s okay to joke but you’re not a total goofball to the point where no one takes you seriously, like, at all.
You have a humorous side to you, sure, but know when to Zonk Out of that mode and get serious.
People know when you say something, you ain’t sayin it half heartedly. You actually damn well mean it.
You ain’t beatin around the bush or blowin’ sunshine up people’s asses. You’re keepin’ it real.
You’re not approval seeking, people are seeking your approval. People don’t fuck with you unless you let them, so don’t let them and Zonk Out when necessary.
There’s always something you are choosing over the thing that you Zonk Out on. You can’t Zonk Out on everything, because the fact of the matter is, you’re always choosing something, even if that’s just playing a video game on the couch instead of going out.
Every time you Zonk Out, whether it’s to do a certain activity or maintain a principle of yours, you’re basically saying: “I’m not interested in that. I’m interested in this instead.”
If someone wants a committed relationship, but you’re not ready for that sort of thing, you Zonk Out. You’re interested in something less serious over a commitment, as an example.
If someone tells you to “get a real job”, tell them you’re interested in working from home instead.
If someone asks something personal you don't feel comfortable sharing, tell them to mind their own business. Likeiwise, Zonk Out and don't be nosy with other people. That's gossip and gossip is drama. A big no no.
Also, when it comes to your hobbies, be "in the zone" in what you do (fully in leisure), zonking out other distractions.
Zonking Out gives you FREEDOM
You have the freedom and the power to say NO. That’s a potent little word, isn’t it? A two letter word has so much potential in getting you what you want.
As we said, Zonking Out, or saying “NO” to one thing, is Zoning In, or saying “YES” to another.
Don’t be a YES man, agreeing to things you don’t really like or care for, just to put a smile on someone’s face. Use the word NO and don’t be afraid to say it.
You are free to make choices. You Zonk Out and say NO to things you don’t want to do.
You live a life of desire, not of obligation.
To Zonk Out is to leave drama behind
Drama is for hard workers. Literally it’s all about getting “worked” up. You, as a lazy procrastinator leave the drama for your mama.
You don’t gossip. You Zonk Out of those type of conversations. You’re not interested. You prefer talking about ideas over people.
You don’t let emotions go crazy. You remain calm and Zonk Out of the emotionally driven ego. You don’t escalate things beyond what they need to be. You remain cool, calm, and level-headed.
If someone tries to push your buttons, boil your pot, or otherwise just flat out piss you off, you approach it all with poise and grace.
While your firm in not tolerating bullshit, you don’t become fiery belligerent. You make expectations clear, but don’t go ballistic if people don’t meet them. Instead, you stay calm yet firm, and people respect that, which is what you want: respect.
Haters gonna hate. Ain’t nothing you can do. Haters are secretly fans in denial. But seriously you Zonk Out whatever sort of misinformed criticism they throw at you. You don’t let any sort of mean words ro insults get under your skin. People have no effect on you.
Again, focus on the inner, not the outer. Zonk out all the love you’re searching for in the outside world and find it within yourself. Zone in on that love for yourself. Be fully at your inner, fully in your sloth, fully at peace.
In Zonking Out, you’re not completely ignorant to others, nor are you oblivious to their bullshit. Instead you know what you want, and get it, zonking out anythign that doesn’t follow in that regard.
Zonking Out, contrary to popular belief is focus. You are focused on what matters and don’t get caught up in the rest.
Use the Zonk Out as a way to say NO to what doesn’t matter and YES to what actually does.
Earn respect by Zonking out to anything or anyone that doesn’t match what you expect from others. Learn to have others meet your expectations rather than trying to live up to the expectations of others.
Take it easy,