Tiring of life hacks, and other stuff that clutters my mind

by: not persephone

by: not persephone

There’s a problem with life hacks: diminishing¬†returns. There are only so many tweaks you can make that are going to make your life easier. Crossing the line into tweaking for the sake of tweaking is far too easy, and I’ve come to realize that I crossed that line literally years ago. I used to follow twenty or so different sites that are dedicated in some way or another to life hacks. I now follow one – LifeHacker – and even then only their top articles feed. So I’ve gone from a diet of literally hundreds of life hacks per day, to approximately three or four. And you know what the crazy thing is? I’m no worse off. So how did I get here? Well, Merlin Mann had a lot to do with it. His recent writing about taking 43 Folders in a new direction has inspired me to take a sober second look at my habits, and my preferences. I’m getting tired from the firehose of information I have been subscribing to, and I’m starting to wonder just how little of it I can follow and get away with it. In this context, “getting away with it” means to still feel informed about things that matter to me. This effect isn’t limited to my RSS feeds – it’s also affecting how I work on my computer. Right now I have too many utilities, too many customizations, just, well, too much stuff. It’s time to pare it down, time to delete things with abandon! This is sort of a declaration of a new direction for me. I’m not really sure how much (if any) outward evidence there will be, but hopefully my brain will feel a little less cluttered, and a little more organized once I’m done. Wish me luck.