If it’s one problem my family and friends have with me it’s that I will often just disappear, not tell anyone where I’m headed, and to make matters worse, turn off my phone. Texts and voicemails can go unanswered for hours and days. Sometimes, I do it to get away and focus, but a lot of the time (okay most of the time), it’s because I’m slacking off. Living here in California, one of the lifestyle changes this New Yorker really appreciates is having a car. With a car, I’m so much more mobile and I have more places to run away to. I used to look at these episodes as me wasting time—and to be honest, there were times in my life when I lacked direction and was doing way too much of that—but I’ve recently been made to see the light. Thanks to K.P. Springfield’s book, after which I titled this post, I’m 100% embracing these 5 slacker habits of mine.
And why shouldn’t I? I’m good at them!
You’ve probably heard the phrase, dance like no one is watching. Well, let’s just say I really take it to heart. My habit of turning my living room into a dance club for one is my absolute favorite slacker habit. I love to switch out the regular bulb in my living room lamp for a colored one, have a couple glasses of wine, put on a 2-hour playlist and just go. Unless the house is burning down, I will not interrupt this routine for anyone. It’s a great stress reliever, I’m sure, but that’s just a by-product. The truth is, I just love it! The joy I feel is like a magic mushroom high. It’s psychedelic, freeing and pure fun! I think that if it’s true that we live many lives, in one of mine I was a dancer…because I’m 100% here for it.
Shopping at Home Goods and Home Depot
What do I need at Home Goods today? To see what I need at home goods today. Just like my sister likes to go to Zara to check out what’s new in fashion, I like to go to Home Goods to see what they have new in stock. Next thing I know, I’m in the store for 3 hours. For whatever reason, I always start in the rug section. Even though I never end up buying any rugs, the displays look promising so I start there. The wall art, lamp, and clearance sections are usually my next stops. What do I usually end up buying? Bed linens, potholders, ovenware, mugs, and healthy foods like chia seeds, Olive Oils, and gluten-free treats; my basics. This slacker habit feeds my neverending need to beautify my home for sure, and it’s one of my favorite escapes from the real world.
A Day at The Altadena Public Library
With its expansive view of the outside (floor to ceiling glass walls, y’all), the living-room like layout of the periodicals section and a bunch of services that they offer, makes this place more than a library. They carry an impressive list of current DVDs and will buy a book if enough people want to read it (both times I requested a book, they ended up getting it). They have a great media section where they will often offer courses like Video Editing. In the area you’re looking at above is where people are usually playing chess in the afternoons. They have a bright educational section for kids and even have a sewing machine. I go here to slack off and ignore the clock on the wall.
Netflix and Chill
Some of my workweeks are so mentally exhausting that on the weekend, I can’t even shore up the energy to do laundry, go out to brunch or do my usual weekend running around. And if the weather is miserable, it’s even more reason to stay home and do nothing but Netflix & Chill. My sectional become my bed where I lay up for hours catching up on some of the series in my queue while I chug down gallons of water and try to eat only healthy snacks and takeout. On one of these binges last year, I discovered Nollywood movies. Since then, I’ve noticed how much better the acting and overall production values are getting. So good that recently, Netflix created their first original Nollywood series Queen Sono, which looks promising. I’m looking forward to my next binge so I can watch Season 2 of Altered Carbon and a bunch of supernatural or Sci-fi series I started but never finished.
In any debate about what is the greatest invention of all time, the internet is going to place high for me. It’s the perfect research tool. Whether I want to find “best sunsets,” “Fall 2020 Coats” or “airfare to Mexico,” I will instantly have thousands and sometimes millions of results to look through. And that takes time. I’m waiting for someone to invent a browser that automatically categorizes my search and the sites I visit with tags like lyrics (probably my #1 search topic), travel, wellness, WordPress. That would save me several hours a week.
If you’re a successful slacker, I’d love to know your favorite ways to waste time.
Christine is a lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles. Using systems, routines, and some psychological trickery, she can help almost anyone hack their mind and life for greater productivity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if she's available for one-on-one work.