Lazy, sluggish, slothful all these words describe an unwillingness to do the works or activities expected but with preference for a more pleasurable alternative. A person can be described as lazy though he spends endless hours trawling the internet. Another person sits in front of the TV for a whole day, this individual probably feels as tired and hungry as the person who’s gone out to work.
I’m sure everyone have met or worked with someone before who could probably be described as lazy. This is different from incompetence which has to do with ability. Laziness always has to do with willingness.
When I know what to do and how to do it but won’t do, this is an attitude issue. Ability or competence can be measured through knowledge, certification and experience; attitude on the other hand is a thing of the heart.
We know more today about laziness than 3 thousand year ago when Solomon wrote this proverb. We now understand the psychological and physiological issues relating to slothfulness.
I once had a personal situation that made me uninterested in many things, so I can understand when somebody sometimes doesn’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning.
To combat laziness, among other things, you must guard against distraction, exhaustion, poor nutrition, or even having too much to do. Get focused and get organised. Change your job if you have to. Do everything to give yourself good chance to do well.