It’s officially time for a smackdown on all this talk about “life hacking.”
What is life hacking? you ask with wonder and curiosity. (And take my word for it…you’re trying to hack your life and you may not even realize it.)
Wikipedia.org, knower of all things, reveals “life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life…in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.”
Problem is, most people get all giddy about the newest life hack (Look: SQUIRREL!!!) and abandon whatever they were doing before this shiny new app/trick/tip/program/idea entered their field of awareness.
I’m all for solving everyday problems in an inspired, ingenious manner.
Problem is, when you constantly jump from thing to thing to thing, from hack to hack to hack, from app to app to app, you are actually adding layers of confusion, complication, and stress.
Most people (you, perchance?) love to read about the newest latest and greatest tech app, productivity tip, or life hack.
Then you implement it and use it (sort of). You feel cool and rad for discovering this new thing that promises to save you time, money, and effort.
Until the next newest thing comes along. And you begin the cycle anew.
“Pshaw,” I say.
Go ahead, call me a curmudgeon. I’ll gladly accept that title.
I think the greatest “life hack” is to do less.
It’s not about newest apps to “make our life easier.”
It’s not about newest programs to “help us collect and store our documents, ideas, and photos in a more efficient manner.”
And it’s certainly not about buying new bins, folders, and baskets to “help us store our mountains of stuff more neatly.”
“Pshaw,” I say (again).
- Do less
- Keep less
- Have less
See how easy that was?
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