The work is an impression of an engraving on paper using gray-brown ink. The dimensions of the engraving are 214 × 296 mm. In the lower left corner, authorship is indicated – “P. brueghel. Inuentor”, in the lower right corner is the date of the imprint and the name of the publisher – “H. Cock. excude cum gratia et priuilegio. 1558”.
There are other prints including mirror images.
The composition of the engraving is simply saturated with the symbols of laziness – sleeping idlers, slowly creeping animals, snails, scorpions, slugs, devils and chimeras.
Near the clock without arrows a giant is depicted that uses a water mill as a latrine – this is an illustration of an obscene saying – “He is too lazy to get to a latrine”. Dice refers to the killing time in the tavern, laziness reminds and watches without arrows – the rest of the motives are mysterious.