If you’ve ever worked at a job where your days can get “busy,” then you know the internal struggle of wanting it to be slow so you don’t have to work that hard, while simultaneously wanting it to be busy so your day fly’s by and you can go home. This quote helps us understand why, and what we can do to get over laziness.
Research shows we often don’t do what makes us happiest; we do what’s easy. Like if we don’t feel like going out with friends, we may make ourselves, and then we have fun. We think we want to rest, but what we really want is a different type of challenge.
We crave ease, but stimulation is what really makes us happy. We try to subtract at work, do less, check out. These are signs of a burning out. We don’t need to subtract; we need to add novel challenges to create engagement.” -Eric Barker (pg.90)