My days seem to go by quickly. Now that I am in my mid-30’s, it looks like I don’t have enough time to complete my daily tasks. I miss too many deadlines, or I often distract myself with the unimportant. I often ask myself, “How can I get an extra hour a day?”. The only solution is to boost my productivity.
After years of experimenting, I discovered the perfect system that has helped me increase my productivity beyond what I ever imagined. I can set goals and achieve them. Nothing is stopping me right now.
The next logical step for me was to share what I learned with others. I started with friends and family. Now, I have progressed to having a blog. In this blog, I get to teach you what I learned. I can also experiment and share the results with you.
If you like someone who gives you a straight answer, whether you like it or not, the Lazy Jack blog is for you. The Lazy Jack blog is about learning how to improve our goal-setting strategies and productivity. Despite the name, it is not about being lazy or weak.
It is about smart work rather than hard work. Our philosophy is:
When you work hard, you will finish the race. When you work smart, you get first place.
Blog Name Origins
The name of the blog comes from a story about a man trying to be productive but failing. Here is the story:
Once upon a time there was a boy whose name was Jack, and he lived with his mother on a common. They were very poor, and the old woman got her living by spinning, but Jack was so lazy that he would do nothing but bask in the sun in the hot weather, and sit by the corner of the hearth in the winter-time. So they called him Lazy Jack. His mother could not get him to do anything for her, and at last told him, one Monday, that if he did not begin to work for his porridge she would turn him out to get his living as he could.
This roused Jack, and he went out and hired himself for the next day to a neighbouring farmer for a penny; but as he was coming home, never having had any money before, he lost it in passing over a brook. “You stupid boy,” said his mother, “you should have put it in your pocket.” “I’ll do so another time,” replied Jack.
On Wednesday, Jack went out again and hired himself to a cow-keeper, who gave him a jar of milk for his day’s work. Jack took the jar and put it into the large pocket of his jacket, spilling it all, long before he got home. “Dear me!” said the old woman; “you should have carried it on your head.” “I’ll do so another time,” said Jack.
So on Thursday, Jack hired himself again to a farmer, who agreed to give him a cream cheese for his services. In the evening Jack took the cheese, and went home with it on his head. By the time he got home the cheese was all spoilt, part of it being lost, and part matted with his hair. “You stupid lout,” said his mother, “you should have carried it very carefully in your hands.” “I’ll do so another time,” replied Jack.
On Friday, Lazy Jack again went out, and hired himself to a baker, who would give him nothing for his work but a large tom-cat. Jack took the cat, and began carrying it very carefully in his hands, but in a short time pussy scratched him so much that he was compelled to let it go. When he got home, his mother said to him, “You silly fellow, you should have tied it with a string, and dragged it along after you.” “I’ll do so another time,” said Jack.
So on Saturday, Jack hired himself to a butcher, who rewarded him by the handsome present of a shoulder of mutton. Jack took the mutton, tied it to a string, and trailed it along after him in the dirt, so that by the time he had got home the meat was completely spoilt. His mother was this time quite out of patience with him, for the next day was Sunday, and she was obliged to make do with cabbage for her dinner. “You ninney-hammer,” said she to her son; “you should have carried it on your shoulder.” “I’ll do so another time,” replied Jack.
On the next Monday, Lazy Jack went once more, and hired himself to a cattle-keeper, who gave him a donkey for his trouble. Jack found it hard to hoist the donkey on his shoulders, but at last he did it, and began walking slowly home with his prize. Now it happened that in the course of his journey there lived a rich man with his only daughter, a beautiful girl, but deaf and dumb. Now she had never laughed in her life, and the doctors said she would never speak till somebody made her laugh. This young lady happened to be looking out of the window when Jack was passing with the donkey on his shoulders, with the legs sticking up in the air, and the sight was so comical and strange that she burst out into a great fit of laughter, and immediately recovered her speech and hearing. Her father was overjoyed, and fulfilled his promise by marrying her to Lazy Jack, who was thus made a rich gentleman. They lived in a large house, and Jack’s mother lived with them in great happiness until she died.– Joseph Jacobs
The story of Lazy Jack inspired our blog because it is how we experience life. We are always trying to do better, but we make a lot of mistakes along the way. Our goals and intentions seem clear in our heads, but the execution is off. The people around us often criticize the mistakes we make rather than acknowledging our accomplishments. Then one day, after all the mistakes, we finally win.
As a Lazy Jack community member, you don’t have to go on your journey alone. We are here to criticize you but to also acknowledge your wins. When you make mistakes, we are here to encourage you to get back to your journey. That way, you can make your next mistake and learn something new. We want you to be successful.
The Woman Behind the Blog
Hello, my name is Deborah Hearne. I am the founder of the Lazy Jack blog. I created this blog because every article on productivity seems like a copy of another article. There isn’t a lot of practical information online about productivity and goal-setting.
Most of the available information is based on theory rather than real-world experiences. I discovered I have all this knowledge about productivity and goal-setting I need to get out into the world. I decided the best way to do that is by creating a blog.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog. I want to let you know it is made with a labor of love.