Introduction: Why Writing This Isn’t Slacking

Work should be fun. If it is, then great — you’ve found the right job for yourself. If not, you have some options…

The easiest choice would be to leave your job. Some people try to get new jobs, but it’s a long, hard process that may not actually make you happier as a result. You could also try changing jobs into a new career, say, from a computer programmer to a zookeeper. That not only might be a worse job, it might come with new hazards, like fleeing from the tigers as you try to feed them.

You could always try a different position at the same workplace. Unfortunately, this will alert your management you’re not happy where you are and may stigmatize you at work as a result. Likewise, getting promoted from grunt to manager isn’t always a great move either. In either case, you’re layoff bait and you still pull out your hair, only this time for different reasons.

Instead, you should take a new approach to your work. Slacking is a path to the goal of enjoying your time at work, even if you don’t enjoy work itself. It’s not the only path — you could have a fling with a coworker or mow them all down with assault rifles. Maybe one way of looking at slacking is as a statement to everyone: “I hate this job, and I’m going to make sure I get paid for not doing it.”

But you shouldn’t hate your job, and slacking isn’t just venting animosity at your coworkers. The trouble here is that everyone has preconceived notions of what slacking is. Even though you’ll see one definition of it later, keep in mind that slacking can be anything that puts the fun back into work, not just ways of wasting time as listed here.

That’s why making this book is still slacking even though the act of writing it seems to be work. Slacking is great, but writing about slacking and spreading the word about slacking is great also. In fact, you could even call writing this “fun,” so it’s definately slacking. And you should slack too, because if you’re not having fun, you need to figure out what it is that’s keeping you from having fun.

Or you could shoot your coworkers down.

Better yet, you could just follow these lessons.

Good luck out there, and may you someday find the job that keeps you slacking.

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