Philosophers are often viewed as navel gazing layabouts.
I cannot argue with this view except in so far as it makes this tendency out to be a bad thing.
Navel gazing, getting to know yourself, is essential to growing in consciousness and as I've said before constitutes the true meaning of self-re-spect, i.e. taking another look at yourself and drawing the lessons you need to draw.
As for laying about I personally find it conducive to successful and valuable creativity that springs from a place of personal freedom, philosophically known as self-hood.
(See also Puritans as Self-Loathers).