How to recognize lazy people before getting involved with them

Recently I wrote a blog post entitled “Signs of a control freak.” A lot of it was about my perfectionist traits. One of my friends said maybe the world needs more control freaks and suggested my next post be called, “How to recognize a lazy mofo.” (I opted for a less offensive title, hence “How to recognize lazy people.”)

Whether in a job setting or evaluating a prospective dating partner, it’s so important to be able to spot lazy people before getting too involved with them. The last thing you want is to work with, be friends with, or get trapped in a relationship with a lazy deadbeat.

1. Lazy people usually don’t take care of themselves

If a person can’t be bothered to shower regularly, groom themselves or practice basic general hygiene, then they probably don’t put much effort into anything else. If they can’t be bothered to brush their hair in the morning, don’t expect them to be a hard worker.

2. Lazy deadbeats don’t usually hold down a job for very long

If you’re on a date with someone and one of the first things you learn about them is they’ve had more jobs in the past year than most people have in a decade, take that as a sign. If someone isn’t able to keep a steady job, they probably wouldn’t make a steady partner.

sarcastic quotes about lazy people

A very funny quote about lazy people. How true is this?

3. Lazy people usually still live with their parents into their late thirties

In some cultures, it’s not uncommon to live with your parents until you’re done school, or even until you’re in a serious relationship. But when you come across someone in their late thirties still living with their parents, you gotta ask yourself what their deal is.

4. Lazy people delegate small tasks to avoid having to learn new skills

This is the person who gets you to print something for them because they don’t want to learn how the new printer works. It’s the person who asks you to schedule their meetings because they don’t know how to use their Outlook calendars. Just not willing to learn.

5. Lazy people avoid every opportunity to self-improve

Learning new skills, gaining more qualifications or simply doing anything to better themselves is totally out of the question for a lazy deadbeat. Read a book? Pfff! They’ve got better things to do… Like watch reality TV, cheesy game shows and soap operas.

funny quotes about stupid people

As simple as this quote is, I think it’s classic.

6. Lazy people make excuses for why they can’t do better

They’re never happy with their jobs, salary, living situation or dating luck, yet they never do anything about it. They always have some excuse for why they can’t do better like, “I’m too old, it’s too late, I can’t afford it, or I’m not good enough.” (Does this sound familiar?)

7. Lazy people think part-time jobs are stressful

This makes me laugh. People who think part-time jobs are hard work are in for a rude awakening if / when they ever enter a real stressful environment. Try a full-time, deadline-driven, 12-hour work day career and then come talk to me about stress.

8. Lazy people only do the bare minimum but think they should be paid more

These people are really difficult to work with it, and usually very negative. They are the ones who say, “I’ll work harder when I get paid more” or “Until they give me a raise, I’m not doing anything more than this.”  That type of negative attitude usually gets people shown the door. In a relationship, people who refuse to give until they receive probably don’t deserve more than what they’re getting anyway.

Do you have lazy people in your life? Tell me about them… leave me a comment below.


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    • cp on September 2, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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    I had a friend that I was thinking of starting a business with. He has excellent skills that worked well with my skill set. Things were going well until I ended up doing all the work, he drops his responsibilities to go to movies, and he started acting like a boss telling me what to do when he does absolutely nothing. I decided to drop this project before investing money into it and cut off ties with this “friend”. I decided to share this story because # 4, 5, and 8 are spot on with his personality.

    1. Wow, you really do get to know someone when you start working with them, or better yet when you partner with them. Well good for you for getting out before investing too much more. You live and learn, right?
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        • gracy on October 22, 2014 at 1:26 am
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        Dats ws a vry gud one. Describes someone I knw perfectly well. Dis guy is 36, will comfortably ask women 4 money, still stays in his parents houz. He hates his job, always havin issues wit his women. Hmmmm! a vry lazy dude. Tnx 4 more knowledge

        1. Yup that guy definitely sounds like a lazy one! Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime 🙂

    • Dee on December 30, 2014 at 12:29 am
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    OMG this is my brother to a tee except he is 45. He never grooms, sleeps all day, asks whats for dinner, demands things to be done on his time, has no job, got a dui and had his mother get car from impound…..oh i could go on….and on…and on

  1. This is my mother!!! SHE lives with me!!! Sits all day, after sleeping most of the day away, watches every move I make, wants to know every little detail of MY life, demands I give to her every whim. Won’t lift a finger to help with anything, I mean ANYTHING. Wants to be served as though she were a queen and I her servant. Gets red hot mad if things aren’t exactly when and the way she wants them, and bathe, oh no, this woman will go MONTHS without bathing, forget combing her hair every day, atleast once, never happens. She gets a bath and shampoo when she has to go to the Doctor and then I have to shampoo and bathe her, mind you she is perfectly capable of moving around all by herself, she FAKES weakness!! I am so sorry for those of us who have to deal with these people on a daily basis, it is so very disgusting! I even checked into having her committed some place and they said she was just eccentric!!!!! Give me a break!!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

      • Joseph on December 12, 2018 at 11:11 pm
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      Nothing much really, all you have to do is just remember she is your Mother, I wish I could have done that to my Mother when she was still here beside me.

    • lorrie on May 23, 2016 at 7:43 pm
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    My son is dating a girl who has moved in with him and is home all day doing daycare. He works all day and the whole time she is at the house never cleans it, especially when she spends most of the time in the kitchen. Then tells him to do the dishes, etc. It just really pisses me off!! Do you think he will realize that he should move on some day soon? The cleaning should be her job, don’t you think since she is there all day making most of the mess???? help!!

    • Carmina on September 29, 2016 at 3:47 am
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    My exboyfriend have the points 3, 4 , 5, 6 and 7 at least.

    He lives with his parents.

    He teach musci part time. And one day when I was back from work, he asked me to look for flight for him, as he had no time. What about me? Do I don’t have the right to enjoy my freetime. His sister made his suitcase for example.

    He was reading a book over a year.

    He thinks he cant find another job. Maybe this one is true.

    He thinks to teach music is very demanding, when he is on holidays every now and then.

    • Andrew Chapman on December 1, 2016 at 5:29 pm
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    There are some good observations here, but at least one is off the mark — feeling a part-time job to be stressful. Whether a job is part time or full time is not the strongest correlation to stress. The work you do, the people you interact with, your boss, your work environment, and the hours are far more tied to the feeling of stress or not. I worked a part-time retail job in college that was very often stressful, which had nothing to do with my laziness and everything to do with how badly managed it was.

    • Natasha Samuels on March 20, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    I know someone who I believe is lazy. At first I thought it was because he had a detached retina as this was the reason he took medical retirement, but it does not interfere with him watching movies all day and going all over the place when he needs to. He washes up, vacuums occasionally but just finds an excuse for each job I tell him to apply for. Is this laziness?

    1. Sounds like it. Watching movies all day?! Geez, must be nice.

    • Lou on April 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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    Daughter has lazy boyfriend he’s moved into her house. Been there two years every job he’s had doesn’t last full of excuses and reasons why he leaves jobs. Boss is stupid, don’t pay enough, can’t work with people they are useless bla bla bla. Always saying what he’s gonna get, big flashy car, expensive holidays etc. He’s a dreamer with no money, no car , no home and nothing to offer my daughter frankly he’s full of bullshit. I can’t stand him think my daughter now realises what iv been telling her for past two years. He will never change he thinks he’s better than anyone else at everything. Omg i could go on and on he’s a waste of space .

    • Tabatha Stephens on March 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    In regards to number 6
    Many people simply don’t like all the technology and therefore have no desire to learn it, it doesn’t always stem from laziness in my opinion. Technology in fact has made all of us lazy in one way or another. Before the invention of television (idiot box) mobiles and computers it would have been rare to find a text book lazy person.

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