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2013-07-29 11:24:54 AM
canadasrock.ca

Far out.

/did like the Oblomov reference
//From the intro of my copy: The character is "archetypically characteristic of an ultimate, not to say pathological, lethargy, a laziness raised to the level of such majestic dimensions it has something in common with religious zealotry or political fanaticism ..."
 
2013-07-29 11:32:42 AM
Using the word "lifehack" should be a punchable offense.
 
2013-07-29 12:23:49 PM
Lucky for me I have no idea what that means.
 
2013-07-29 12:25:48 PM

Thoguh: Using the word "lifehack" should be a punchable offense.


That.
 
2013-07-29 12:28:59 PM
I am sure Lifehacker.com will close up shop now.
 
2013-07-29 12:35:50 PM
Lifehacker loves to make bold claims on little evidence, so.. Yeah.

/it's a gawker site.
 
2013-07-29 12:37:21 PM
Slave better shut his whore mouth and get back to work if he knows what's good for him.
 
2013-07-29 12:37:59 PM

MadSkillz: Lifehacker loves to make bold claims on little evidence, so.. Yeah.

/it's a gawker site.


YOU CAN BE A SUCCESS IF YOU DO THESE 6,331 THINGS

IN ORDER
 
2013-07-29 12:40:01 PM

Crewmannumber6: Lucky for me I have no idea what that means.


It's just a word people who think they're smarter than everyone else use for doing mundane things like recycling old toilet paper rolls.
 
2013-07-29 12:40:30 PM
Damn, I always thought life hacking was using old soda bottles to seal bags and the like.
 
2013-07-29 12:40:35 PM

Thoguh: Using the word "lifehack" should be a punchable offense.


Along with 'multitasking.'  Both are the same way of micromanaging time.
 
2013-07-29 12:41:47 PM

Thoguh: Using the word "lifehack" should be a punchable offense.


Synonymous with "by using this one weird trick".
 
2013-07-29 12:42:23 PM

NorCalLos: Crewmannumber6: Lucky for me I have no idea what that means.

It's just a word people who think they're smarter than everyone else use for doing mundane things like recycling old toilet paper rolls.


Go ahead and stamp my form, sonny, because I don't give a shiat.

/oh, and you're right
 
2013-07-29 12:42:48 PM

PartTimeBuddha: MadSkillz: Lifehacker loves to make bold claims on little evidence, so.. Yeah.

/it's a gawker site.

YOU CAN BE A SUCCESS IF YOU DO THESE 6,331 THINGS

IN ORDER


Also: "Uhhhh I'd be super rich if I did this too, but I don't want to do it, I want to help YOU! Also my friends and family aren't super rich...because I don't want to help them, I want to help YOU. Give me money."
 
2013-07-29 12:42:49 PM
Dammit, I left my hipster-to-English translator app at home.
 
2013-07-29 12:45:29 PM

Thoguh: Using the word "lifehack" should be a punchable offense.

 
2013-07-29 12:48:26 PM
Ironic because listening to Slate ruins your life too.
 
2013-07-29 12:48:57 PM
I have friends at work who have bought all into this and read the books etc for how to get more things done with their life and achieve Total Victory.  They are tired, depressed, and get less done than before.
 
2013-07-29 12:49:29 PM
But what about the lifehack-a-Shaq? Are those still good?
 
2013-07-29 12:50:17 PM
Every technological advance pitched as a way to save time, increase efficiency, and take a load off of workers, in the history of time, winds up making workers work harder for less.

Cotton gin, assembly line, computers, internet, etc.

If it lets you get more done in less time, you're expected to have more total output, not the same output in less time.  Always.  Since forever.
 
2013-07-29 12:51:09 PM
Very happy I have never heard this stupid phrase before.
 
2013-07-29 12:51:42 PM
everyone needs a hobby.
 
2013-07-29 12:51:48 PM

Thoguh: Using the word "lifehack" should be a punchable offense.


Eh, the term is apropos. A hack is inherently dangerous (think duct tape and power tools). A practitioner of a lifehack should be punished for their hubris soon enough. I'm only left wondering where all the lifehackfailblogs are.
 
2013-07-29 12:54:31 PM
Jorge Cham does an excellent job covering this in his Procrastination lectures: 1)we're often more productive while avoiding the things that we're supposed to be doing and 2) a lot of people never seem to have free time because they're either over budgeting their time(trying to do too much) or waste the free time they do have.
 
2013-07-29 12:58:34 PM
There should be no "lifehacking enthisiasts." If you're taking the time you free up with your lifehacks, and use it to look for things to HACK MOAR, you have missed the point entirely. It's supposed to be a means to an end, not an end in itself.

But lifehacks aren't just for optimizing your life; you can use them to straighten out your life. Think about it: you're a Farker. There are, no doubt, some important things that you've let fall by the wayside. I don't know what they are, but you do. And you know you need to deal with these, but you've had trouble Just Doing Them back into your life. This is where lifehacks can really be helpful: they break the psychological associations that hold you back, partly merely by being different, but also by holding the promise of working better than your "old" method. And sometimes, that's enough.

Seriously. Give it a shot: rather than taking something already in your life and hacking it to make it better, take something that fell out of your life and hack it back in. It really helps.
 
2013-07-29 01:01:57 PM

lewismarktwo: Damn, I always thought life hacking was using old soda bottles to seal bags and the like.


That's what I thought too.  Also using the dustpan to fill a bucket.
 
2013-07-29 01:04:01 PM
No subby, Tvtropes will ruin your life.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-07-29 01:06:16 PM

Combustion: PartTimeBuddha: MadSkillz: Lifehacker loves to make bold claims on little evidence, so.. Yeah.

/it's a gawker site.

YOU CAN BE A SUCCESS IF YOU DO THESE 6,331 THINGS

IN ORDER

Also: "Uhhhh I'd be super rich if I did this too, but I don't want to do it, I want to help YOU! Also my friends and family aren't super rich...because I don't want to help them, I want to help YOU. Give me money."


Woah, really?  Do you take PayPal or should I just give you my credit card?

/by using this one weird trick
 
2013-07-29 01:06:26 PM
Does this mean I should get rid of my washer and dryer and spend my weekends beating my clothes against rocks.
 
2013-07-29 01:08:40 PM
Does this mean I should get rid of my washer and dryer and spend my weekends beating my clothes against rocks.


Ask your life coach.
 
2013-07-29 01:09:56 PM

Millennium: There should be no "lifehacking enthisiasts." If you're taking the time you free up with your lifehacks, and use it to look for things to HACK MOAR, you have missed the point entirely. It's supposed to be a means to an end, not an end in itself.

But lifehacks aren't just for optimizing your life; you can use them to straighten out your life. Think about it: you're a Farker. There are, no doubt, some important things that you've let fall by the wayside. I don't know what they are, but you do. And you know you need to deal with these, but you've had trouble Just Doing Them back into your life. This is where lifehacks can really be helpful: they break the psychological associations that hold you back, partly merely by being different, but also by holding the promise of working better than your "old" method. And sometimes, that's enough.

Seriously. Give it a shot: rather than taking something already in your life and hacking it to make it better, take something that fell out of your life and hack it back in. It really helps.


This.  I have a read a few books about motivation and getting things done.  What they do is convince me to do what I already knew.  But the only time they actually work is when they change my perspective.  Sometimes they do that by giving me a mindset change, sometimes by breaking old associations.  And if going on a LifeHack site shows me how to get the ONE STUPID THING out of the way that's been preventing me from doing everything else normally, I win.  As long as I don't try to solve a bunch of problems I don't have, I'm ahead.  It's like walking away from a Casino table.  Recognize when you're ahead or you never will be.
 
2013-07-29 01:16:16 PM

Dafatone: Every technological advance pitched as a way to save time, increase efficiency, and take a load off of workers, in the history of time, winds up making workers work harder for less.

Cotton gin, assembly line, computers, internet, etc.

If it lets you get more done in less time, you're expected to have more total output, not the same output in less time.  Always.  Since forever.


Damn you, human progress!
 
2013-07-29 01:18:54 PM

Guntram Shatterhand: Thoguh: Using the word "lifehack" should be a punchable offense.

Along with 'multitasking.'  Both are the same way of micromanaging time.


Actually, the original idea of multi-tasking was more like batching in computer science. It means you do something else only when the IO system kicks in (IO is thousands of times slower than CPU).

Basically means, you keep doing one thing until you reach a point where you need someone else's input or some interruption you can't control, you switch tasks.

So, the original idea behind multi-tasking was to switch to another task until your portion is done instead of twiddling your thumbs and fixating on a single task. Not, the modern equivalent of juggling ten tasks at the same time.
 
2013-07-29 01:19:56 PM
I've always hated the term lifehacking.  Most people would call it common sense.  99% of them are about as brilliant as reusing old coffee cans to store spare nuts and bolts.
 
2013-07-29 01:20:40 PM
Hey, look at me! I have a wildly differing opinion than the rest of the world and here to tell you that you're doing everything all wrong. Just looooooook at meeeeeee!!!
 
2013-07-29 01:24:09 PM
img.gawkerassets.com

This is a lifehack. Pretty scary stuff, I know.

The author article is... reaching. Maybe so is the Gawker site that claims that lifehacks are anything but cute little tricks/shortcuts like the one pictured.

But really, I think we're gonna be okay.
 
2013-07-29 01:26:21 PM

puppetmaster745: Dafatone: Every technological advance pitched as a way to save time, increase efficiency, and take a load off of workers, in the history of time, winds up making workers work harder for less.

Cotton gin, assembly line, computers, internet, etc.

If it lets you get more done in less time, you're expected to have more total output, not the same output in less time.  Always.  Since forever.

Damn you, human progress!


Damned cotton gin.
 
2013-07-29 01:32:48 PM
Here are useful LIFEHACKS... or as I'd like to call them... Poor people's tricks to living:
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Are you a janitor at a crappy job that does not have a mop sink?   LIFEHACK!

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Can you not afford a keychain holder?  Do you find yourself walking around tennis courts looking for lost balls in your spare time?   LIFEHACK!

img.photobucket.com

Do you live in a third world country with limited resources?   LIFEHACK!
 
2013-07-29 01:38:36 PM

Millennium: There should be no "lifehacking enthisiasts." If you're taking the time you free up with your lifehacks, and use it to look for things to HACK MOAR, you have missed the point entirely. It's supposed to be a means to an end, not an end in itself.

But lifehacks aren't just for optimizing your life; you can use them to straighten out your life. Think about it: you're a Farker. There are, no doubt, some important things that you've let fall by the wayside. I don't know what they are, but you do. And you know you need to deal with these, but you've had trouble Just Doing Them back into your life. This is where lifehacks can really be helpful: they break the psychological associations that hold you back, partly merely by being different, but also by holding the promise of working better than your "old" method. And sometimes, that's enough.

Seriously. Give it a shot: rather than taking something already in your life and hacking it to make it better, take something that fell out of your life and hack it back in. It really helps.




Kinda agree with you.

The article doesn't say lifehacking ruins your life. It says creativity is different than productivity and creativity hacks are probably different than productivity hacks.

Right now tools like personal metrics and such are a lot of trouble but sometimes they are worth the trouble. For example, keeping a food journal if you have weight issues or a pedometer to measure how active you were that day. In the future, I think everyone will use personal metrics - even Apple is in the iWatch personal metrics game.
 
2013-07-29 01:38:44 PM
It seems to me like it's pretty straightforward. You see these ideas, some are obvious and trivial, others are deeper changes, so you think "hey, that would work for me and my situation, I'm going to do that", then you do it, and if it doesn't help, you stop doing it. 4 out of 5 times, it's not relevant anyway.

I get my work done, and I use my calendar to help remind me when to stop working, when to eat dinner so I don't get sidetracked with something that interests me, and end up eating too late and thereby run out of quiet evening time, when to hit the gym, etc. I use Evernote to store things I know are of interest and will be useful later, like my timesheets, favorite news articles, screenshots, travel plans, spectacular Gianna Michaels videos. I use Feedly to scream through a few magazines and newspapers I want to read when I wake up, but I don't use it as an excuse to read things I wouldn't want to read otherwise. If you're using productivity strategies and tools to make room for things that make your life worse, you're doing it wrong. You should use them to accomplish the things that make your life better, and find ways to eliminate the rest.
 
2013-07-29 01:39:54 PM
farking moron article author... The Tim Ferris brand of lifehacking is about the workarounds that allow you more free time and hopefully separate location and schedule from your income. It's not about working 24/7, that's what you have fulfillment houses and websites for.

I think Taleb's Antifragile is a sleeper lifehacker book. It doesn't sell itself as a self improvement book but it's got a bit of stoic philosophy and the attitude needed.  Work intensely for a brief period, become truly free, and don't suffer fools lightly.
 
2013-07-29 01:52:59 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-29 01:55:17 PM

big pig peaches: Does this mean I should get rid of my washer and dryer and spend my weekends beating my clothes against rocks.


No it means you should spend $50,000 and all your free time for the next three years building a robot that beats your clothes against rocks, then spend another $50,000 and all your free time for another three years improving the robot until it can perform your laundry chores for you. After six years and $100,000 dollars spend it will then break down and you will do your own dam laundry freeing up your time to notice your wife left you, your kid is pregnant, and the dog died.
 
2013-07-29 02:00:13 PM

NostroZ: Here are useful LIFEHACKS... or as I'd like to call them... Poor people's tricks to living:
[bp.uuuploads.com image 605x807]
Are you a janitor at a crappy job that does not have a mop sink?   LIFEHACK!

[bp2.uuuploads.com image 605x435]
Can you not afford a keychain holder?  Do you find yourself walking around tennis courts looking for lost balls in your spare time?   LIFEHACK!

[img.photobucket.com image 576x432]

Do you live in a third world country with limited resources?   LIFEHACK!


That is stupid. A funnel and hose would be more practical and flexible solution and there a bazillion and one hooks for walls solutions out there. In the end you would get your dustpan wet and have neon green blobs all around your room.

In a third world country, you wouldn't have a sink with running water.
 
2013-07-29 02:06:24 PM
I am embarrassed anyone had to read that article.
 
2013-07-29 02:10:01 PM
Is "life hack" like spit and bailing wire, or more like a death rattle?
 
2013-07-29 02:11:13 PM
One interesting "like hack" I read about was how to get an elevator to go directly to your floor without stopping. Of course, you can only do it if you're the only person on the elevator and it kind of makes you a self-absorbed asshat to do it when it does work. And since I haven't had a chance to try it out, I don't even know if it works at all.

/csb
 
2013-07-29 02:11:22 PM
wildcardjack:  Work intensely for a brief period, become truly free, and don't suffer fools lightly.

My wife says I'm being an asshole when I follow this advice.

/usually very polite these days
//trick is to not letting them know you're being an asshole
 
2013-07-29 02:14:22 PM
We shot an infomercial at Tim Ferriss's crib in SF a few years back. Nice enough guy. The thrust was to illustrate how technology would enable us to get more done in less time or some shiat like that.After we wrapped out, our producer received a call from a frantic Tim who was all upset that his wallet had gone missing. Everyone in the car (I didn't really know the production team yet) looked at Biscuits because tattoos and a general scruffy appearance all around. Tim called back a few minutes later to apologize and to let us know that the wallet had turned up./csb
 
2013-07-29 02:14:42 PM

mr0x: In a third world country, you wouldn't have a sink with running water.


The Borat "Great Success" is the general theory of lifehacking... do you own a wife and have an unplowed field?
Attach plow to your woman... Great Success with LIFEHACK!

www.demotivationalposters.org

abcnews.go.com
 
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