Stop Being a Lazy Egg Using One Simple Phrase

Rise and shine Gudetama

“Gudetama Mini and friends” by Kristin ‘Shoe’ Shoemaker is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

I. Wouldn’t you like to be more productive?

There are many people who would rather stay nice and cozy in their cartoon-themed blankets than get up and get to work. They share memes that celebrate giving in to the deadly sin of sloth. They squeeze their plushies tightly and lose the war against resistance before the day has even begun.

But you don’t have to be a silly Gudetama like them. You can rise to the call of productivity and get to work!

II. Wait, what’s a Gudetama?

Oh, right! Let me explain. Gudetama is a popular cartoon character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio.¹ It can basically be translated to English as “lazy egg.” Also, it has a butt.

“N-1507–096784_2” by BuySugar is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Gudetama embodies laziness, depression, and the disenchantment of trying to survive in modern-day society. It’s no wonder this lazy egg has become so popular, especially with millennials. But these struggles aren’t new. Life has always been hard, just ask the stoics.

III. Coziness is your enemy

When you wake, still groggy and tired, alarm blaring, and searching for the snooze button, you must make the hardest decision of your day. Should you rise and shine or succumb to the pull of your down-filled duvet? Man has struggled with this dilemma for so long even the stoics wrote about it. One of the greatest Roman emperors of all time even shared his thoughts:

“On those mornings you struggle with getting up, keep this thought in mind — I am awakening to the work of a human being. Why then am I annoyed that I am going to do what I’m made for, the very things for which I was put into this world? Or was I made for this, to snuggle under the covers and keep warm? It’s so pleasurable. Were you then made for pleasure? In short, to be coddled or to exert yourself?”

— Marcus Aurelius

You may be as drawn to comfort as Gudetama, but you are a human, not an egg. You were made for work, to rise in the morning, throw your blankets off, and seize the day. To not only do your job but to serve others. You must learn to postpone your pleasure, not your calling.

The Cost of Coziness

When you choose to retreat to comfort, whether it’s found in a bed, video games, or books, you are making the decision to delay achieving your goals.

If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.

— Epictetus

Ouch. Now, do you see what you risk when you fail to take action in the present? Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Not even an egg. In the words of Seneca, “You are living as if destined to live forever.”

Are you willing to pay the cost of coziness?

IV. You lazy eggs need a mantra

“Gudetama Mini and friends” by Kristin ‘Shoe’ Shoemaker is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

What’s a mantra? It’s a motivating chant, usually a repeated word or phrase, you can say to yourself to reinforce your beliefs. I stumbled upon one that’s helped me get back on track when I’m feeling Gude.

Getting my daughter out of bed every day is quite the task. It should be said we’re both Gudetama’s and don’t enjoy the morning. When I tell her it’s time to wake up she often says “but it’s so cozy in bed.” Well, one morning, after poking and prodding and pleading with her for quite some time, I grumbled out the words “your comfort is not the priority of the day.”

You might not like to hear it, and neither did she, but it rings true. The truth of the phrase made a deep impact on me. Since then, I’ve rephrased it and used it to motivate myself to make the right decisions. For example, when it’s time to exercise and I don’t wanna, I say to myself “my comfort is not the priority of the day,” and I simply get to work.

V. You can’t keep runny away

“Gudetama, the lazy egg” by Sunfox is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

It’s very easy to fall back to what’s comfortable and avoid doing what you know must be done. Lamenting your circumstances does nothing. The only thing that makes a difference is action.

So when you’re feeling like Gudetama, and you wanna hide under a comforter all day, remember to say your mantra, emerge from your blankets, and tackle the work that must be done with your newfound resolve.

In closing, a few more words from Marcus Aurelius:

Stop drifting…Sprint to the finish. Write off your hopes, and if your well-being matters to you, be your own savior while you can.


[1] Wikipedia (2021) Gudetama

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