A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 25, 2012
“Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness”

"Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness” is a saying that has been printed on many gift items, such as T-shirts, hats and buttons. The lazy person wants to be efficient so he or she can work as little as possible.

“Fletcher’s Flagrant Rumination: Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness” was cited in print in 1979, but “Fletcher” is unknown. “Peter’s Cogent Law: Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness” was cited in print in 1983 by Dr. Laurence J. Peter.


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By John Peers and Gordon Bennett
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1979
Pg. 102:
Fletcher’s Flagrant Rumination: Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness.

13 October 1983, The Morning Union (Springfield, MA), “Peter’s Almanac” by Dr. Laurence J. Peter, pg. 15, col. 5:
Peter’s Cogent Law: Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness.

24 October 1987, Galveston (TX) <>.Daily News, “Andy Capp” comic strip, pg. 6B, col. 4:
IT BOTHERS HIM. HE’S INCLINED TO LOOK ON EFFICIENCY AS A HIGHLY DEVELOPED FORM OF LAZINESS.

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The Power of Paradox:
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By Harry Evan Woodhead
Oakville, ON: Hasley Enterprises Worldwide Inc.
2006
Pg. 148:
We call it efficiency. Efficiency is the highest form of laziness. Efficiency is about minimizing the effort expended to get the work done. Assume we are not going to allow anyone to do less than the required work.

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How to Get Through the Working Day...Without Actually Doing Any Work
By Jessica Barrah
Cheam, Surrey: Crombie Jardine
2006
Pg. 114:
Efficiency is a highly developed form of laziness.

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Start: How to Get Your Business Underway
By Kevin Duncan
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons Inc.
2008
Pg. ?:
Previous readers will know that I espouse a maxim that I inherited from my father: Efficiency is a sophisticated form of laziness. Those who don’t listen attentively enough or think hard enough believe this to be an endorsement of laziness. it isn’t. It merely encapsulates the idea that a well-organized person will generate more leisure time.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • (0) Comments • Thursday, October 25, 2012 • Permalink