Veggie Lover said, "There is a famous saying, " It is better to do nothing than be busy doing nothing " ! I think it was by an ancient Chinese philosopher."
Doing nothing, absolute nothing, until you absolutely must do something, is Zen-like. If you try to get busy doing nothing, in a vain attempt to make nothing look like something, you run the risk of generating something that looks or feels like ... non-productive work.
(Doing absolutely nothing until Veggie Lover's posting alert arrived)
While very tempting, it's actually quite dangerous for a white collar induhvidual to establish "doing nothing" as a goal. It can be an employment killer. The HR induhviduals have ways of measuring nothing to high precision.
Rather, the secret to a having a long and relatively carefree career in the world of white collars is to take procrastination to the level of an art form.
One must ensure than everything that one is expected to do is performed as close to the completion deadline as possible.
To do otherwise will simply lead to doing multiple versions of the same project prior to the deadline. That can be very tedious -- constantly submitting and resubmitting the same the thing in the vain hope that the highly incompetent induhvidual who requested your effort will find it satisfactory -- and very time consuming. Such time is better spent doing nothing, all in a fashion that will not be knowable or measurable by the HR induhviduals.
Webster is OK with it. Thank you for doing the right thing in asking for my permission.
Mind you, it was not an easy decision.
Normally a charge a LOT of money for the use of a sentence like that.
You see, piglet, I own and manage a embarrassingly lucrative advertising agency in Canada. Possibly you have heard of it. it's called Webster's Fancy Word Emporium.
It's a niche company. We specialize in working with corporate clients who are mentally impaired and filthy rich -- so they won't mind so much that we are over charging them for absolutely worthless marketing and advertising advice.