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The Joy of Doing Just Enough

The Secret Art of Being Lazy and Getting Away with It
Jennifer McCartney
Book cover for The Joy of Doing Just Enough by Jennifer McCartney
For anyone who’s ever heard a motivational speech and immediately vomited, a guide to ignoring society’s obsession with success

Sit around, leave sh*t all over the place, drink, forget about deadlines . . . being lazy is pretty easy. The real art in being chill is when someone without any real ambition can fly under the radar, and live unscathed by the never-ending reams of self-help and inspiration rained upon anyone who just wants to watch Netflix. The magical place where doing what comes naturally keeps the do-ers at arm’s length. Rather than doing less, do just enough. So screw TED Talks, Instagram images of a beach that say "Fail Better" in gold cursive, marathon training, tips for keeping plants alive, and all self-aggrandizing social media. Ninety-nine percent of people on this planet are just pretty average. We're doing our thing. Trying to get out of bed in the morning. Hey, are you awake right now? Reading a sentence? You know what? That's success in my book. Being a person is hard enough without all the pressure to be good at it.
April 2018
978-1-68268-146-6
5.5 x 7.5 | 128pp | Hardcover |
B&W illustrations throughout
$14.95 (US)
$13.50 (CA)
About the Author
Jennifer McCartney is the New York Times best-selling author of Cocktails for Drinkers, The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place, and Poetry from Scratch. She has written for The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, Curbed, Vice Magazine, and BBC Radio. McCartney lives in Brooklyn, New York.