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(Slate)   Lifehacking actually ruins your life   (slate.com) divider line 27
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2013-07-29 11:32:42 AM  
7 votes:
Using the word "lifehack" should be a punchable offense.
2013-07-29 12:50:17 PM  
3 votes:
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 01:09:56 PM  
2 votes:

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 12:58:34 PM  
2 votes:
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 12:54:31 PM  
2 votes:
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 07:46:44 PM  
1 votes:

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.


And that's why we don't live in mudthatched huts.
2013-07-29 04:50:50 PM  
1 votes:

ciberido: My favorite example of the is laundry.  Automatic washing machines were touted as saving time.  But we spend just as much time doing laundry each week as we need before they were invented.  It's just that the standard of "acceptably clean clothing" has adjusted.


If you do nothing else while the machine is running, sure...
2013-07-29 04:02:14 PM  
1 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: Sline:
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How is this more useful than standing up the bottles?


Dont have to raise a shelf halfway up the fridge to fit bottles under, also if you drink more than one kind of beer you can get different ones out without having to dig in the back and probably knocking a bunch over.
2013-07-29 03:43:59 PM  
1 votes:
Sline:
img.gawkerassets.com

How is this more useful than standing up the bottles?
2013-07-29 02:16:41 PM  
1 votes:
Lifehacking Tip:

Masturbate in the shower.

Lotion-soaps as lube, all right there where you need 'em;
Shoot it anywhere you like, no spill worries;
Easy cleanup - you're already in there for a shower.


It's going to save millions of man-hours which can be applied to building a better Homeland.
2013-07-29 02:14:42 PM  
1 votes:

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
2013-07-29 02:14:22 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:52:59 PM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-07-29 01:39:54 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:32:48 PM  
1 votes:
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!

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Do you live in a third world country with limited resources?   LIFEHACK!
2013-07-29 01:24:09 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:19:56 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:18:54 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:04:01 PM  
1 votes:
No subby, Tvtropes will ruin your life.

imgs.xkcd.com
2013-07-29 12:48:26 PM  
1 votes:
Ironic because listening to Slate ruins your life too.
2013-07-29 12:41:47 PM  
1 votes:

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


Synonymous with "by using this one weird trick".
2013-07-29 12:40:35 PM  
1 votes:

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


Along with 'multitasking.'  Both are the same way of micromanaging time.
2013-07-29 12:40:30 PM  
1 votes:
Damn, I always thought life hacking was using old soda bottles to seal bags and the like.
2013-07-29 12:37:21 PM  
1 votes:
Slave better shut his whore mouth and get back to work if he knows what's good for him.
2013-07-29 12:35:50 PM  
1 votes:
Lifehacker loves to make bold claims on little evidence, so.. Yeah.

/it's a gawker site.
2013-07-29 12:25:48 PM  
1 votes:

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


That.
2013-07-29 12:23:49 PM  
1 votes:
Lucky for me I have no idea what that means.
 
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