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Favourite tools to take being lazy to the next level

Favourite tools to take being lazy to the next level
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Lazy is a virtue.

It helps you work smarter. You get your priorities straight. You have the energy to take on opportunities that light your fire. Some call it being lowkey efficient. I just call it being lazy.

If you want to step out of doing everything yourself, striving for perfection in exchange for burnout, repeating everything like you're on Groundhog Day, then you're in the right place.

Here are 3 of my favourite lazy/efficient tools

  1. Tool #1: Prioritisation framework - Not a tool per se, but having a few go-to frameworks will make your life easier. Being lazy isn't avoiding work. It's avoiding busywork. I love the Eisenhower Matrix (urgent vs important) and the ICE Scoring Model.
  2. Tool #2: Alfred - Who was it that said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again? Well, don't be crazy, be lazy! I use Alfred to create snippets (something like a text expander) to create shortcuts for things that I use often. These are personal URLs, my bio, template responses, and even code.
  3. Tool #3: Calendar - This is somewhat of a misnomer because being lazy means you are not beholden to your calendar or your calendar app (remember Sunrise?) To me, calendars are helpful in keeping us honest about how much we can realistically squeeze into our day. So I make sure I have enough breathing room between appointments, dedicate focus hours to doing my best work, and being lazy means that no-meeting days aren't by chance but by careful and deliberate choice.

If you end up using any of these tools, let me know what you think!