Cannot Be Bothered:
A Mission Statement.
The first time I thought about this site was several years ago now, whilst I was working at a Lloyds TSB call centre – a job so gut-wrenchingly awful that I never actually managed a full month without taking a ‘sick day’.
I was sitting at home one morning, racking my brains trying to think of a decent excuse, preferably one that I hadn’t already exhausted and I was really struggling. I was a novice back then since previous to this job, I had really never needed to take full days off to recover.
I figured that there must have been countless online resources for someone looking to come up with excuses for not going to work.
Much to my surprise there was nothing of any use whatsoever.
The only sites I could find were full of stupid excuses trying to be amusing. I was not laughing.
I couldn’t face work and I needed a solution fast.
I ended up going with ‘migraine’ in the end, but I decided that it was time someone did something about this. I imagined that there must be so many people out there trapped in hideous jobs, decent people who have done everything society asked of them, but through no fault of their own have become stuck in the mire of a working life, be it due to lack of ambition or simply having the ‘wrong’ personality.
I made a promise to myself that I would create a site that would provide a list of excuses to give people some well needed time off.
Time to recharge.
I didn’t believe that anyone deserved to feel the way I did; without a lifeline.
The lounging content of the site was something I was originally working on for a book, but I realised recently that it is actually a natural progression from the work content which eventually led to the site. I had noticed that a common bond between me and a few friends was our unwillingness to do very much. I also realised another link was that we were never offended if one of us cancelled on the other using a simple: “I don’t want to leave the house today”, or an: ‘I cannot be bothered’.
There was no need for any elaborate excuses, just simple honesty that we could all relate to.
This got me to thinking, ‘Why can’t everyone be like that?’ After all, it’s not a personal attack (well not always). You just want to relax in the comfort of your own home. This however is precisely the problem. There is such stigma around the art of lounging these days, many people simply feel too embarrassed to admit that is what they want to do.
On Monday morning it is always with shame that people confess to not doing much over the weekend.
Why is ‘keeping busy’ a good thing? It’s the last thing I want.
So really, this site is a call to arms for us to stand up and say: “Yes, I like to relax, sometimes I barely move from the sofa and that is fine by me.” I understand that a lot of people cannot understand what it is like to hate your job so much that when you get home you are rendered incapable of even the most rudimentary of social skills; they don’t understand why some people don’t want to have to go through the awkward ordeal of meeting new people. To them we are considered odd, but then I believe there are a lot of us out there. Just because there are more of them doesn’t mean that we cannot carve out a niche for ourselves and make everyone understand, or at the very least accept, that sometimes, we just cannot be bothered.
I have noticed one or two sites cropping up aimed at people who don’t like their jobs, but I think they entirely miss the point by promoting job agencies; making out as though by getting another similar job, everything will be ok.
We don’t pretend to offer any solutions to the problem of work, I don’t know if there is one. People say that the key to a happy work life is to choose a vocation doing something you love, but for me. The moment I’m told that I ‘have’ to do something, I don’t love it anymore, it sucks all the joy out of it.
No, I don’t pretend to have any cures but together, we can hopefully offer a lot of treatments –
little tips and tricks that can make our work and social lives a little easier.
I hope this site can become an online community through which people can learn from each other’s experiences.
The site is a work-in-progress and anyone can contribute to any aspect of it and even create new content.
Together we can provide an outlet for us to come and vent about the tedium of working life and take back a little self respect and minimise the damage work and awkward social encounters do to our psyches.
I suppose you could call it a support group for those of us who just cannot be bothered.