Flip-flop: My new goal in life…to be lazy

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This is part of a series called “Flip-Flop” – explained here.

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What happens when I get lazy?

My life becomes more enjoyable and productive.

Reading this article helped me to relax, cancel a few meetings and calls, rethink how I do things, and delete a few tasks from my to-do list…and I’m learning to be comfortable with this uncomfortable feeling.

(It’s thanks to Kevin Rose’s monthly email that I found this gem)

This reminds me of my aspiration of “saying ‘no’ to the good, so that I can say ‘yes’ to the great.” It’s so true that when I fill my schedule up with tasks – because I can’t sit still, because free time makes me feel like I’m not being productive, because it’s frowned upon in the workaholics world – I don’t create any white space to do what truly matters.

Taking care of my health. Reading a good book. Writing on my blog. Having a real, in-depth conversation with a loved one. Brainstorming a passion project. Spending time with my family. Helping people in need. Expanding my relationship with God.

I lose “hell yeah” opportunities because I’m so buried with “okay” or “good” opportunities. And the thought of surviving or dying of mediocrity sucks.

I need to change my perception of “laziness.” It should not be a bad word, but a filter for things that matter. It’s actually good for creating processes that make me more effective. The question I try and ask myself moving forward is:

“Because I am lazy and want to do things that truly matter, do I really need to do this? And if I really need to do this, what is the laziest way I can handle this so that I don’t ever have to do it again?”

As Tim Ferriss has taught me, being busy is the true, unhealthy form of laziness – it means you aren’t thinking, you don’t have your priorities straight, and you are avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.

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The picture above is a hammock from the Parker Palm Springs hotel – a favorite spot for my wife and I (where I first asked Christine to be my girlfriend…the rest is history). It was a weekend where we didn’t have the kids, and we did absolutely nothing. And it was the best time of our lives. 

Ideas: An app that easily records & for attaches a voice message in email responses

I’m going to share an idea that I think will make you billions…or at least $1.99 from me as a customer in the Apple Store lol!

When I read emails and want to respond to them, I have two choices:

  1. Type them via traditional keyboard. Which is sometimes not convenient, the message is too long for me to comfortably do it on my phone, or I’m just lazy lol. Or
  2. Turn Siri on and have her dictate it. There are a lot of words that she doesn’t understand, and it frustrates me. 

I wish there was a third option

A way for me to record a 30-60 second voice message as my response – right where I’m composing – and send it away as an attachment. 

Right now, the only way to do this on my iPhone is to open a separate app – the Voice Memos one, for example – record the message; save it to my Dropbox or iCloud Drive; switch to my Mail app, and then attach it. Inconvenient and unsustainable. 

In my ideal world, when composing an email, I can click a blank area in the response body – and along with the below options I can choose “Insert Voice Message” or some variation. 


I would then record the email response, press done, and send it off like any other attachment. 

Hopefully, this will reach the right developer and they will make one of my deepest wishes come true.