Slow doesn’t mean lazy.

You might think that a philosophy that embraces the sloth as its spirit animal(phil-sloth-ophy?) would be inclined towards glamorizing laziness. I hope not, because you would be wrong. Embracing the sloth means slowing down in order to see the details and make deliberate choices instead of being overwhelmed by constant sensory overload and making decisions at random.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t do all of the things that you want to do or all of the things that you have to do. I’m saying that you shouldn’t do all of the things in the whole world everywhere. No one can do all of the things. And if you can somehow do try to do all of the things, there’s no way you can do them well. So take a step back and consider: what do you really need to do and what do you really want to do? Both are important. Make a list. And then look at all of the things that you do that aren’t on that list and consider: why are you doing those things? Are they taking time away from things that you’d rather be doing? Would you be able to focus more on things that matter to you if you weren’t trying to do all the things? Don’t forget, things like sleeping, exercising, watching movies, reading books, learning, and hanging out with friends and family are all things that can (and probably should) be on your list of important things. It’s ok to not volunteer to be on some committee that you don’t have time or energy to focus on (for example, but this can be anything) so that you can do better at things you enjoy.

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