The importance of being lazy

Microsoft’s July Larson-Green admits she’s lazy.

“I’m a huge procrastinator and a fairly lazy person,” she says. “Being lazy makes me more efficient, because I try to find ways that I can do the best work in the most minimal amount of time. I also know that I need pressure to perform, and procrastination is one of the levers for creating that pressure.”

A 23-year veteran of Microsoft, Larson-Green is responsible for how users get stuff done with Office and other tools like phones and tablets.

An example of her approach: unread email is her to-do list.

Her best advice: “Finish what you start, and do what you say you’re going to do.”

— Adapted from “Why This Microsoft Exec Uses Laziness as a Productivity Strategy,” Harry McCracken, Fast Company.