Laziness, which he defines as being slow to act, can be a lot more helpful than you think. It prevents you from being overwhelmed with lots of opportunities you said yes to but don't actually care about, Lewis says in an interview with Ryan Smith, CEO of online survey company Qualtrics.
"My laziness serves as a filter," Lewis said. "Something has to be really good before I'll decide to work on it."
As Lewis sees it, being lazy helps you avoid being busy for the sake of being busy.
He's not the only one who's opined on the benefits of doing nothing.
Google executive Rachael O'Meara's book "Pause" explores the benefits of giving yourself a break. Both Jack Dorsey and Arianna Huffington have said that meditation, which involves staying in one place and relaxing, helps them manage stress.
"People waste years of their lives not being willing to waste hours of their lives," Lewis says.