If you're reading this, you may have reached that point in your life where you've finally stopped trying to disprove what you really are – a slacker. Sadly, you still have to pay bills and survive adult life. In most cases, this means having to work. In case you're a slacker and also working a corporate job, here are a few tips to make life easier.
Know what to filter out
Sometimes, bosses push you to your limit just to see how far you can go. If you're observant enough, you'll soon learn that some instructions are not as important as others. Use this to your advantage by doing the important tasks well and maybe keeping some room for slacking off in the rest.
Find your optimum performance level
Do you hate writing reports, even though you're good at it? Would you choose PowerPoint decks over this? If yes, you can put in a little less effort at the things you don't like. Your boss may end up thinking you're not great at certain things and reassigning you to tasks you dislike less.
Prioritise work life balance
If you're trying to just stay afloat, you don't always need to sacrifice your time for office. If your office has the kind of culture where people are best friends with their colleagues because they have slowly lost touch with the world outside work, you may want to cut back on overtime work and focus more on your personal and social life.
Make the best out of vacations
Even with all that strategising on your part, corporate life can be demanding. To compensate as much as you can for all those hours spent working in your cubicle, use your vacation days wisely. Take leaves when there isn't a lot of work pressure. If you can afford it, make weekend trips with friends.
Corporate life isn't easy on slackers, but the trick is to work smart, not hard.
Tasmiah is studying Finance at IBA, DU. She likes food and makes stressful choices. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.