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From Wikipedia:

 

“Life hacking refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.”

 

It would appear that I have always been a life hacker, even before the term was coined.

 

I like to look at anything and everything I do to see if there is a better, more efficient, more effective way to do things. Nose to the grindstone just doesn’t work for me.

 

The major reason it doesn’t work for me is because nose to the grindstone is usually less efficient that thinking about a problem and applying a life hack style solution to it.

 

Whether it’s work and productivity or health and fitness or any other area of your life, more results from less just makes sense.

 

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Apparently, Benjamin Franklin said,” Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. “

 

Now to me, when you choose to do anything in an inefficient way you are squandering time; you are squandering your life.

 

Usually it’s for one of two main reasons that people choose inefficient ways of doing things. Firstly there’s the, “It’s the way we’ve always done it”, crowd.

 

OK, stop right there. If that’s the way we’ve always done and we are not therefore allowed to progress beyond that, by that rationale we would still be hunting with spears. This one is the ultimate laziness. Working your arse off because you are too lazy to apply a bit of brain power.

 

The second main reason that I can see is the heroic one – “What? Are you lazy? You’ll never get results if you don’t put in a bit of hard work”.

 

Yes, you do need to work at stuff, but without applying brain power first, you may actually get less results rather than more results from the work you put in.

 

Fitness training is notorious for this. You do more than you have to and instead of getting better results you go backwards. You train harder and you are less fit rather than more fit. It makes a mockery of those people who say, “work harder for better results”.

 

This blog therefore is about what interests me  in the areas of health and fitness, self development, productivity, minimalist living and pretty much whatever else I find interesting. Usually what I find interesting will be better, more efficient ways to do things.

 

I admire the work of people like Tim Ferriss of “The Four Hour Work Week” and “The Four Hour Body” fame. So the posts will head along a similar path.