We all have excuses, don’t we?
We all have the reasons why we do what we do and why we don’t do what we want to do (or need to do). We’ve created justifications, rationalizations, and everything in between so that we can become less culpable, less guilty, and less accountable for the actions or responsibilities that we’ve been given.
But sometimes our excuses might be completely legitimate – it just depends on who you talk to at that point!
For example, one could say that the above cartoon showcasing two programmers who are “slacking off” are in-fact doing the best thing that they could possibly be doing at that point in time!
For those that might not understand and who may not have a development background when your code is “compiling” you must wait for it to complete and depending on what is being compiled it actually could take a decent amount of time.
And they deserve a break from working hard to get it to that point so spending a bit of time refreshing themselves with a bit of swordplay may truly be the best thing that they can do, especially since they’ll have to jump back in shortly to do even more work.
This made me consider for myself if there are things that I do that are legitimate based on the context but might be perceived as “slacking” and an excuse for not doing work by anyone else.
The first thing that came to mind was my interest (and possibly obsession) with video games and how video games serves as an incredible opportunity for me to relieve tension as well as the fact that it serves as an incredible source of joy and entertainment.
This isn’t an excuse for not being “productive” – it is a source of energy and replenishes my passion for the work that I love to do! I’m not built in a way where the work that I do is in and of itself an eternal source of energy – I use up my energy doing the work that I love and need to find other sources to recoup and be restored.
Some may call it an “excuse” for not being productive but I see it as an indispensable part of being productive and maintaining a high level of performance!
I bet you have a few things like this as well – love to hear your “excuses” that are an important part of what you do!