The Myth of Laziness


Catching up on some 2013 reading.

Today’s victim, the classic “Myth of Laziness” by Levine. A text for educators (and motivators).

Some people don’t deliver or seem to try. We call them lazy.

But it isn’t a natural state. They start like all of us, wanting to deliver.

Something stops them. Internal or external. Fix that, give them momentum, and get them un-lazy.

But how? Bottlenecks. Get them to do a complex task and watch the steps. Understand, plan, initiate action in small steps, iterate the plan, check output. What isn’t happening there — or at a super discrete level (slow typist, long commute)?

Fix that then fix the next thing.

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