Entry 115: Efficiency vs Laziness
For those who know me well, I would describe myself as a calm and composed individual. On a rare occasion, I can break character, but for the most part I like to keep it easy. In high school, I would jokingly remark about "laziness" as "efficiency." While someone would find a particular habit as a means of being lazy, I found it to be efficient, because I was't going to waste time on certain things.
I attribute this at work, too, as a means of "speeding up" my production. Naturally, I take my time with things, or at my own pace, rather. But in a work environment, this can be viewed as "slow," which is not a favorable trait in an employee. So, to compensate, I rely on efficiency.
Whenever I work, especially when it comes to other people's time/money, I don't slack off or chat about, because I take their time seriously. During a friend's film shoot, I would "assert" myself as the assistant director, which basically means I kept asking, "what's next," that way we can get done sooner.
At my current and previous jobs, I realize that I can be slower than other employees, unintentionally. To apply my own brand of efficiency in these scenarios, I figure out several shortcuts in my process. By doing so, I am not actually moving faster, but I'm getting things done faster by taking less steps overall. Instead of using one hand, I use both (as an example).
But the crux of this, in my nature as a steady-moving person, is that I mentally shut down if told to "hurry up." In my head, hurrying up means getting things done sloppy so it can be done faster, or, in other words, quantity over quality. Combined with my stubbornness, I will sometimes slow down if told to quicken my pace. It's a terrible habit, and I tried to search online if there was a personality trait that is defined by this, but I came up with nothing.
To sum things up in a different perspective, laziness is defined by not wanting to achieve something, whereas efficiency is defined by not wanting to do too many things to achieve the same goal.