How does one define a lazy person? Do we simply take the first thought that comes into our head and say that a lazy person is someone who tries their best to do as little work as possible, either in the home or their employment environment? In fact, laziness within an individual can extend to many more areas than these. Therefore to determine the traits that define lazy people, one has to identify how these can be applied to the various areas of laziness.
The most obvious forms of laziness that we all come across on a regular basis are those of inaction. We have all meet these types of people. In fact the law of averages says that we are likely to have personal experience of this type of laziness within our own families. Amongst the most common traits with this type of lazy person is the way that they will sit and relax whilst others are performing tasks all around them. There will be no offer of help, nor will they make any effort to relieve other people of tasks. The person lying on the sofa whilst their partner is cleaning up in the kitchen after a meal is a classic example of this laziness.
Similarly, other traits of this type of laziness can be found in the fact that these people always seem to have something else to do when tasks need completing, or they cannot be found. Usually the disappearing act is accompanied by a promise to return that never materialises. Furthermore, it is normally the case that the other important task could have waited until the person took their share of responsibility for the home or work chores that needed to be completed.
2. Use of skills and abilities
I wonder if you have come across the type of person who just does enough to get by. This can be experienced in education, home and work. The "lazy" trait here is identified by these people exerting enough effort simply to complete the task set and no more.
As an example in education, regretfully I can use myself. During my time at school and colleges no-one could understand why, in subjects that I showed a particular flair for, I never seemed to excel when it came to exams and class positions, always remaining in the middle range. My objective at the time, which is something that I grew out of at work fortunately, was to put just enough effort in to make the grade. I could never be bothered to do more. Therefore, in hindsight, I could be considered to have been too lazy to use my skills and abilities to the maximum.
We see the same in the workplace. Employees who appear destined for greater things somehow just never get round to fulfilling their potential, except where it suits them. In effect, these people are suffering from the same lazy trait that I did during education. Because there was a lack of interest our efforts became lazy.
3. Emotions and relationships
One can also see traits of laziness in emotional and relationship areas of people's lives. Think about the case of two lovers. One partner does all the running around. They are the one who makes all the phone calls and arrangement for dates. This person also makes all the decisions about where the couple want to go on their next date and what types of food they might like to eat. It is not that the other lover is not as emotionally committed, simply that he or she is lazy when it comes to making relationship decisions.
The same can be said of friendship relationships. How many times have we heard people complain about their friends, asking why it is always them who makes contact first, or the arrangements to meet? As with the lovers in the above example, it is simply that the other friend is lazy and relying upon the active friend to keep the relationship alive.
4. Commitment and passion
Can we find traits of laziness in commitment and passion? The answer is yes. In effect this is a similar laziness trait to that explained in use of abilities. Think of the sportsman or woman who excels when playing for their club but never quite produces the same performance level when playing for their country. Perhaps the "lazy" trait in this instance is driven by the fact that, as they have been chosen to play for their country, there is no need for them to put the effort in to prove themselves worthy as this has already been done at club level.
The same can occur in the work environment where, having achieved promotion, certain people will rest on their laurels and not be fully committed to the new role they have been granted.
As has been shown in this article, Laziness is multi-faceted. The most obvious traits of laziness can be found in those lazy people whose inaction affect others, in that it creates additional work for those who are not lazy. However, it is not quite so easy to identify the traits of internal laziness, for example the person who does not try to achieve their full potential, unless exceptions to that laziness become apparent.